The 2016 registration fee is $10. Tuition is $100, with scholarships available and a family discount: tuition for the first child is $100, but tuition is $50 for each additional child in a family. High-school seniors (in Fall 2016) pay no registration fee and no tuition.
Auditions are scheduled for May 23, for strings, and May 24, for winds.(Note: audition dates updated 3/30/16.) Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m., from June 7 through August 2 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. There will be a dress rehearsal on August 5 and a performance at 8 p.m. on August 6 at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore.
Music Directors Don Adkins and Göran Berg
Don Adkins is a music educator, conductor, performer, composer, and church musician in the Santa Cruz area. He first moved to California to become the conductor of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony for five years. He teaches music classes at Cabrillo College, where he conducts the Cabrillo College Orchestra. Dr. Adkins received his doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He writes program notes and gives preconcert lectures for the Santa Cruz Symphony. The Cabrillo College Theater Department’s musicals have been directed by Dr. Adkins for a number of years. He often appears as piano accompanist for various solos and ensembles and occasionally plays bass in the Santa Cruz area. He has provided orchestrations for the Valley Dance Theatre in Livermore and just completed the orchestration of a new musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life which was premiered in November. One of his most recent performances was as the pianist for concerts sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chamber Players.
Göran Berg holds a bachelor’s degree in violin pedagogy from the Royal Swedish Music Academy at Stockholm University and a master’s degree in music performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. With over 35 years of music teaching experience, he conducts parent and teacher training classes throughout the United States and Europe. Berg teaches violin and viola, conducts orchestra, and coaches chamber music. He is creator and director of the new Suzuki program at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley, and he is the owner and artistic director of the Sycamore Strings Academy in Livermore.
Berg utilizes ethnic music like fiddle tunes from different parts of the world in his teaching as a complement to classical instrumental studies. He writes original arrangements of Scandinavian fiddle music for violins and for orchestra/string quartet; his “Fiddle Heart” series of books and CDs are used by educators internationally. He has also published string arrangements—Eclectic Strings, Book 1, and Violins Go Vivaldi. For more information, visit the Sycamore Strings Academy, Fiddle Heart Music Books, and Alfred Publications websites.
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From 2010 through 2015, Göran Berg and Kathy Boster were codirectors of LASYO, and Betsy Hausburg served as program coordinator.
The 2011 concert took place on Saturday August 6 and included the “Saturday Night Waltz” and “Hoedown” from Copland’s Rodeo (video, 5:09 minutes long); scene number 1 from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (video, 3:23 min.); Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” (video, 8:39 min.); waltz number 2 from Shostakovich’s suite for variety orchestra (video, 4:13 min.); and Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” (video with acknowledgements, encore, and orchestra list, 12:56 min.). Read the 2011 concert program.
The 2010 LASYO concert was on Saturday July 31. See the 2010 concert program, and have a look at several of the concert pieces on YouTube: The “Radetzky March” by Strauss was conducted by Kathy Boster, and “Andante Festivo” by Sibelius was conducted by Göran Berg. The concert concluded with “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” by Elgar and conducted by Berg; it featured Janet Holmes playing the church’s Casavant Frères pipe organ.
LASYO’s first season culminated with a concert on August 1, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore. Göran Berg and Bob Williams were the conductors. As always, Betsy Hausburg was the LASYO coordinator.