Fall 2020 Letter

Dear YMMC Families –

We hope the summer is going well for all of you and that everyone is in good health.  With the recent directive from the governor and county health department, and the rise in coronavirus cases in the county, we have designed our season to begin online. We’re thinking creatively and “outside the box,” and we hope you like what we’ve created for you. Of course, our aim is to resume rehearsals and performances in person as soon as it is safe to do so.  You will also receive a hard copy of this letter and the attached flyer by post.

Both orchestras will meet weekly via Zoom during our normal Wednesday rehearsal time and the activities will alternate between group meetings in sections and practice video feedback sessions with a larger group, inviting comments and collaboration in playing and problem solving. The staff – Danko, Sue, and Alyze – will be directing and teaching the zoom sessions and there will be special guests most every week to help students in every section understand, learn, and practice their parts.  Students submit their final performance videos by Nov. 4th which then go to the audio engineer, who will create the first of several virtual orchestra recordings to be produced this season They will be livestreamed at a date to be determined. We will require that performance videos be recorded with a large diaphragm condenser microphone and we’ll suggest where and how to procure this equipment. We’ll also lend financial support to obtain one if needed.

Repertoire for the first virtual concert will be Star Wars and Hoe Down (from Rodeo) for the Honors orchestra. For JYO, it will be Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haydn Piano Concerto with Bryan Kim, soloist. Most of you should have the music (except for the Haydn) already from last season but we’ll send the link to the DropBox shortly, once we have the JYO concerto scanned.

Interspersed with the rehearsal content will be an exciting series of master classes and interviews with luminaries from the world of music contracted exclusively for YMM students and families. They will perform, speak, and/or teach using our Zoom platform to engage the students and allow for questions. If interested, you may also be a master class participant. All of our guests love working with and inspiring young musicians and are looking forward to meeting (virtually) all of you!

Among our guests are Grammy-award winner JoAnn Falletta, conductor, Buffalo Philharmonic, New York; John Wineglass, composer; Mariam Adam, clarinet, YMM alum, Paris, France; Paul Hauer, violin, Milwaukee Orchestra; Alexander Janko, YMM alum, film composer and screenwriter/director; Ali Ryerson, flute and improvisation specialist; Gabe Young, Oboe, San Francisco Opera; Sean Reusch, trombone, San Diego; Lenny Ott, trumpet, SF Bay Area, and more illustrious names to be scheduled to include all instruments.  The schedule of guests will be available soon on our website and we’ll also send it to you via email. The attached flyer will give you an idea of our lineup to date.

The Concerto Competitions will be held in late October (Honors) and February (JYO). Please know that we cannot guarantee a public performance of your concerto at this time.Before submitting, entrants MUST check with Danko to receive the okay that the concerto will work for our orchestras and the current rehearsal situation. Entrants will submit unedited videos of their performance by the due date. Detailed information will be available on our website soon.

We are very excited about the season! We’d like to have a Zoom meeting with all students and parents and you may choose from two dates: Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 p.m. OR Sunday, August 23rd at 3 p.m. We’ll present an overview of the season and you can ask questions about the process, access, guest artists, recording, etc.  You will receive the links to sign up for either session shortly.

We invite you to register on our website. You may also request tuition and/or lesson assistance via the website as well. Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Here’s wishing you the very best for the remaining summer and we look forward to meeting with all of you soon.

With warm regards from all of us at YMMC,


Youth Music Monterey County
546 Hartnell Street, Suite B
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 375-1992

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