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Lone Star Youth Orchestra To Perform at Irving Arts Center


Irving, Texas. May 9, 2017

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra closes the 2016-2017 Season with Marche Finale! Featuring works by Haydn, Sousa, and Purcell, this concert on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00PM is guaranteed to leave you feeling quite patriotic!  We will also feature violinist Esther Ko, the 1st place winner of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition, and celebrate the work of our graduating seniors.  Call 972-252-2787 to reserve your seat today!  The concert will take place at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall.

Esther Ko, currently a junior at Coppell High School, is the concertmistress of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, she began playing piano at the age of 6 and started learning violin a few months later. In first grade, she was awarded second place for piano in the National Music Competition supported by the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and Hyundai Music Publishers. From 3rd grade to 5th grade, she participated in the Seoul Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an organization that traditionally only accepts middle and high school students. In 5th grade, she was awarded first place for Violin in the National Youth Music Competition. Esther continued her musical studies when she moved to America in 2011. Throughout middle school, she participated in solo & ensemble and all region orchestras. In 8th grade, she became the concertmistress of the Creek Valley Middle School Chamber Orchestra. The First Place Winner of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, she hopes to continue developing her musical talents.

Based in Irving, TX, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The LSYO consists of middle school and high school students from over fourteen (14) metroplex school districts.  These talented youths are given the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education by learning symphonic literature through high-quality orchestral and ensemble training with the very best in the field.  Our organization passionately stands by our belief that quality music education should be available to students of all socioeconomic levels.

The youth orchestra experience is one of the most pivotal pre-college experiences for talented high school instrumentalists.  Membership in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle and high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players.  The LSYO offers rolling auditions throughout the season for any interested student musicians.  Additional information regarding auditions can be found at or by calling 972-252-4800.

After two years of creative planning, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra formed the Lone Star Youth Orchestra in 1999.  The LSYO is one component of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s many educational initiatives.  Under the direction of Robert Carter Austin, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra has a record of excellent artistic presentation and a strong commitment to music education.

Single tickets are available by phone or at the door.  Ticket pricing is $6.50 per student and $13.50 for adults.  All seating is general admission.  The concert will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00PM.

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