PUBLISHED: 12:19 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Juneau Student Symphony Performs August 19th

  Director Rick Trostel conducts the Juneau Student Symphonies as they rehearse for their upcoming Pops Concerts on Friday August 19 at the State Office Building at noon and Marine Park at 7.30pm.
Musicians of all ages are currently rehearsing for the Juneau Student Symphonies Pops Concerts, scheduled for Friday August 19 at the State Office Building and Marine Park.

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.
The JSS was formed about 20 years ago as the Juneau Youth Symphony, by school strings teacher Fred Mayer. The program was expanded by Julia Bastuscheck with the help of the University of Alaska Southeast and Linda Rosenthal and passed on to Patrick Murphy. He in turn, handed the baton to Rick Trostel, the present conductor.

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 to arrange an audition. Scholarships are generously available.