Strings, percussion, brass and woodwind will combine to provide a program of popular music from the shows, including selections from 'Fiddler on the Roof', Phantom of the Opera' and 'Hair'.
The Juneau Student Symphonies (JSS) is now swinging into its 2005-6 season, and following auditions earlier in the month, the musicians, described as "young, old, and in between" have been rehearsing each week-day evening under the direction of conductor Rick Trostel.
"Our mission is to provide the opportunity for qualified musicians of all ages to play in full orchestras," says Trostel. "We aim to provide a beautiful musical performance for the joy of all musicians and audiences."
Getting ready for the Juneau Student Symphonies Pops Concerts on August 19 are, from left, Elizabeth Bauer and Mollie Trostel.
Because of its popularity, JSS has now been split into two orchestras, the Student Symphony and the Student Sinfonia, catering for a wide range of musical ability.
The 2005-6 season includes the Pop Concerts on August 19, the first at noon at the State Office Building and the second at 7.30pm at Marine Park. This is followed by the Fall Concerts on November 12 and 13, King Island Christmas from December 1 to 4, Winter Concerts on February 25 and 26, Spring Concerts on April 15 and 16 and a tour in June 2006.
Following the Pops Concerts, further auditions will be held during August and September for the academic year which will include include music appropriate to the level of the orchestra and will increase in challenge as the year progresses," says Trostel.
Rick Trostel can be contacted by phoning 586-1915 or on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an audition. Scholarships are generously available.