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LASYO concert 20152015 Concert

The 2015 LASYO concert was on Saturday August 8 in Livermore. See videos of the concert, and see the 2015 concert program.

Registration and Information

LASYO, a summer orchestra established by the Symphony Association, is open to musicians ages 11 (or in 6th grade) through 21.

The 2016 application will be available in late February. Until then, interested people may e-mail coordinator Betsy Hausburg at if they wish, and she will keep their names on file.

For your reference, have a look at the application for LASYO’s 2015 season. Registration forms for summer 2015 were due by May 1, and auditions were held in mid-May. Rehearsals were on Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m., from June 23 through August 4 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. There was a dress rehearsal on August 7 and a performance at 8 p.m. on August 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore.—See the concert program. The 2015 registration fee was $10. Tuition was $100, with scholarships available and a family discount: tuition for the first child was $100, but tuition was $50 for each additional child in a family. High-school seniors (in Fall 2015) and college-age participants paid no registration fee and no tuition.

Music Directors
Göran Berg and Kathy Boster

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.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy Boster is currently the band, orchestra, and choir director at East Avenue Middle School in Livermore. In June 2015 she completed her fifteenth year of teaching; over the years she has taught music from elementary all the way through high school.

Boster holds a BA cum laude in Music Education from California State University, Fresno, where she played under the batons of Dr. Lawrence Sutherland and Dr. Gary Gilroy. While a member of the CSU Fresno Wind Ensemble, she performed at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Outside of the classroom, Boster maintains an active playing schedule. Her playing credits include Tri-Valley Repertory Theater (formerly Pleasanton Playhouse), Alameda Civic Light Opera, Douglas Morrison Theater in Hayward, the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, the Hayward Municipal Band, and pit orchestras for Valley Dance Theatre. She is currently a member of the Livermore-Amador Symphony as well as serving as concertmaster of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra. She has recorded for the wind band series of the British label Doyen, for Johnson Digital Audio, and for Summit Records.

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2009–2014 Performancessome LASYO flutes 2015

Watch videos of the August 9, 2014, LASYO concert on YouTube; and read the 2014 concert program.

See the August 10, 2013, concert program and the August 11, 2012, concert program. Both programs include a personnel list and program notes.

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.

some LASYO violas and cellos 2015 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.

photos by Alan Frank, 8/8/15
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