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Pre-rehearsal hoops in #Ísafjörður #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrep...

Thu, 2015-06-25 16:23

A video posted by NEC Prep (@nec_prep) on Jun 25, 2015 at 1:23pm PDT



Pre-rehearsal hoops in #Ísafjörður #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrep on tour (at Ísafjörður)

Pre-rehearsal hoops in #Ísafjörður #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrep...

Thu, 2015-06-25 16:23


Pre-rehearsal hoops in #Ísafjörður #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrep on tour (at Ísafjörður)

YPO’s first chamber concert in #Ísafjörður with the...

Thu, 2015-06-25 14:15

A video posted by NEC Prep (@nec_prep) on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:15am PDT



YPO’s first chamber concert in #Ísafjörður with the Mendelssohn Octet #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrepontour (at Ísafjörður)

Time-lapse through the #Fjords #NECPrepontour #NECmusic...

Wed, 2015-06-24 14:00

A video posted by NEC Prep (@nec_prep) on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:00am PDT



Time-lapse through the #Fjords #NECPrepontour #NECmusic #YPOontour (at West Fjords, Iceland)

Today YPO traveled to #VigurIsland to see some puffins and...

Wed, 2015-06-24 13:53

A video posted by NEC Prep (@nec_prep) on Jun 24, 2015 at 10:53am PDT



Today YPO traveled to #VigurIsland to see some puffins and defend ourselves from nose-diving arctic terns #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrepontour (at Vigur)

@osbornnick and Chris hanging with their home-stay brother,...

Tue, 2015-06-23 19:24


@osbornnick and Chris hanging with their home-stay brother, Peturss, at tonight’s post-concert reception #newfriends #NECmusic #NECPrepontour #YPOontour (at Ísafjörður)

Concert #2 in lovely #Ísafjörður! #YPOontour #NECPrepontour...

Tue, 2015-06-23 19:21


Concert #2 in lovely #Ísafjörður! #YPOontour #NECPrepontour #NECmusic (at Ísafjörður)

Is this real life? In awe of our second city, #Ísafjörður...

Tue, 2015-06-23 13:51


Is this real life? In awe of our second city, #Ísafjörður #nofilter #NECmusic #NECPrepontour #YPOontour (at Ísafjörður)

Hard at work preparing for tonight’s first concert at the...

Sun, 2015-06-21 05:35


Hard at work preparing for tonight’s first concert at the #hofmenningarhus #ypoontour #necmusic #necprepontour (at Hof Menningarhús)

We could get used to this. #necprepontour #ypoontour #necmusic ...

Sat, 2015-06-20 08:33


We could get used to this. #necprepontour #ypoontour #necmusic (at Myvatn Naturebath)

Day 1: Gorgeous weather and new Icelandic friends! #necmusic...

Sat, 2015-06-20 08:26


Day 1: Gorgeous weather and new Icelandic friends! #necmusic #ypoontour #necprepontour (at Akureyri Iceland)

And we’re off! #necprepontour #ypoontour #necmusic (at On...

Sat, 2015-06-20 08:24


And we’re off! #necprepontour #ypoontour #necmusic (at On the Road, Iceland)

We made it! Let the fun begin #necmusic #ypoontour...

Fri, 2015-06-19 20:18


We made it! Let the fun begin #necmusic #ypoontour #necprepontour (at Keflavik International Airport Liefur Eiriksson Terminal)

Introducing our iPadio channel!

Tue, 2015-06-16 14:37
Introducing our iPadio channel!:

“Hi, I’m Steven Karidoyanes. This iPadio channel chronicles the June 2015 tour of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. We’re traveling to Ireland and Northern Ireland, with performances in Galway, Derry and Dublin. Stop by this channel every once in a while and follow our trip.”

YS Leaves for Ireland in 8 days!

Mon, 2015-06-15 10:20


YS Leaves for Ireland in 8 days!

YPO Tour art!

Thu, 2015-06-11 14:42


YPO Tour art!

Get to know Corey Seapy, conducting and clarinet

Thu, 2015-06-11 14:02

What advice would you offer to young performers?

Listen to yourself very carefully and never say “I can’t.” Be disciplined,   patient, and use a metronome. Practice slowly first. Don’t be afraid to take chances and make emotional connections. Make every sound expressive, unless the composer tells you otherwise. If you don’t love it, do something else. If you do love it, do it as much and as meaningfully as you can.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

I like spending time with family and friends, skiing, being outdoors, and reading.

How would you describe the tone of your instrument/voice?

Limitless! That’s the best part about conducting.

Who has been your biggest source of inspiration throughout your education/career?

Claudio Abbado

If you could choose one career outside of music, what would it be?

A teacher of some sort. Perhaps a ski instructor.

What is your favorite genre of literature?  What’s the most memorable thing you’ve read in the past year?

Nonfiction. “Corresponding with Carlos” by Charles Barber.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Sibelius, The Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Elgar, Madeleine Peyroux, and Sonny Stitt.

Do you have any pets at home?  If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

Our guinea pigs don’t get out much. Bixby and Maestro are scared of anything that moves, including each other.

Some thoughts from Anne Howarth, horn faculty

Thu, 2015-06-11 12:39

What advice would you offer to young performers?

Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.

Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.

Some thoughts from Anne Howarth, horn faculty

Tue, 2015-05-26 16:24

 What advice would you offer to young performers?

Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.

Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.



I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN