Wednesday, December 30, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           DECEMBER 17, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:              STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, STEPHANIE DINGWALL (818) 481-8600

 

Citrus College Adjunct Instructor Helps Young Musicians Prepare for Concert Season

by Stacy Armstrong

 

Stephanie Dingwall has spent hours preparing for next month’s season premiere concert of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.  However, the accomplished violinist will not be performing. Instead, she will be cheering from the sidelines.

 

“The orchestra is amazing.  They don’t sound like a youth orchestra,” Dingwall gushes.  “This is a professional orchestra that just happens to be made up of teenagers.”

 

An adjunct biology and chemistry instructor at Citrus College, Dingwall spends her free time volunteering for the private, community-oriented youth orchestra.  She assists the organization’s manager by working in the office, handling music, and helping out with whatever else might be needed.

 

“I usually work with the orchestra once a week, but sometimes more right before a concert,” the Claremont resident said.  “And, of course, I am always busy on concert days.”

 

A former member of the orchestra herself, Dingwall is a firm believer in what the organization does for young people.

 

“I grew up with music and playing the violin,” she said.  “The orchestra was like a second family to me, and it’s the least I could do to give back to an organization that has had such a positive impact on both my musical, professional, and personal growth.”

 

According to Dingwall, the orchestra draws members from many local schools.  These include El Roble Intermediate, Glendora High School, Diamond Bar High School, Claremont High School, and Arcadia High School.  Members also come from as far away as Orange County, Yucaipa, Stevenson Ranch, and Bakersfield.

 

“Some of the kids are as young as 12 and are incredibly talented,” she said.  “Some go on to be music majors and professional musicians.  Several alumni have played with the L.A. Philharmonic, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera orchestra, and others around the world.”

 

Dingwall says that working with the orchestra as a volunteer has taught her a lot.

 

“I have learned that it is important to work hard and work together,” she said.  “I enjoy watching the young musicians grow.”

 

The season premiere concert of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra is Sunday, January 17, 2010.  It will be held at 7 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College.

 

“Everyone needs to go hear these kids play,” Dingwall insists.  “The concerts are free and not only do these young musicians work hard, but their talent is incredible.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           DECEMBER 17, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:              STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, STEPHANIE DINGWALL (818) 481-8600

 

 

Stephanie Dingwall