President’s Notes

President’s Notes 2017-11-22T01:32:16+00:00

Nov 15, 2017

Dear Musicians and their families,

We have only three more rehearsals (11/19, 11/26, 12/3) left until the ACYO performs in their first of three winter concerts!  Our conductor is back after having a successful hip surgery and he and our musicians are hard at work getting ready for these performances. Musicians, please make your best effort to be at these last important rehearsals.

On Monday, December 4th, the orchestra will perform the Meet the Orchestra Concert at the Phillips Center.  This morning concert provides a professional orchestral experience for local 5th graders, with a question and answer session following the concert.  This is the first time that many of the children in our audience are exposed to an orchestra. The reactions of the 5th grade students as they listen to the ACYO perform are amazing to watch and shows what a powerful gift music can be, and how wonderful it is that our musicians are able to share this gift.

The orchestra will also perform twice on the following Sunday, December 10th. First, at 4pm they will perform at the Holiday Traditions/Stop Children’s Cancer Benefit Concert.  Tickets are being offered to ACYO families at a discounted price during rehearsal breaks on Nov. 12, and 19.  Next at 7:30 pm, is our Winter Concert, which is free and open to the public. It will be a long day, starting with dress rehearsal at 9:30 am and ending with a wonderful post-concert reception at the Phillips Center West Foyer for all ACYO families and guests.  We ask each family to help with the reception by contributing a finger food to share. STOP Children’s Cancer will provide lunch for all participants and ACYO will provide dinner for all orchestra members between the conclusion of the Holiday Traditions and the start of the ACYO Winter Concert. Big Lou’s will be catering the dinner again this year.  Please email me and let me know of any dietary restrictions by Nov. 30 and we will work with Big Lou’s to accommodate those to the extent possible.

We want to thank everyone who has already signed up to volunteer with backstage activities, help with serving the dinner in between the two concerts on December 10, and help with our reception after the Winter Concert. Board members will be contacting and coordinating volunteer’s efforts in the upcoming weeks.  We still need help in a few areas, so if you did not sign up to volunteer but could help, please check out the volunteer section of our website at

General information and the schedules for Dec 4 and Dec. 10 are provided on the website at   Please note the very specific concert dress requirements ( Compliance with the traditional all-black formal dress code is very important to ensure uniformity for TV concert broadcast and to allow the audience to concentrate on the music.

CDs of the Winter Concert will be recorded and available for purchase on the ACYO website,, or by check at rehearsals on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and immediately following the Winter Concert.

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered for Minuet Meals and Pizza Nights. The students really look forward to these meals while they socialize and make friends!  We are in need of volunteers for Pizza Nights in December and in the spring.  Please consider helping out by signing up on the website, .

Finally, our sincere thank you to the families who have made financial contributions above and beyond the membership dues. As you know, the ACYO depends on such donations since our membership dues barely meet our basic needs. If you or anyone you know is interested in supporting ACYO with a tax-deductible donation, please contact our Treasurer Kris Hutchins at or go to to make your donation on line.

We hope you enjoy our concerts and wish you and your family a happy holiday season.


Elizabeth Lada Elston, President