Violin winner, Spring Retreat info and more...

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Mary Jane is the lucky winner of a brand new full size violin from our partners at the Awesome Music Foundation. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Sign up for Spring Retreat!

Our retreat will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Camp Bob Waldorf at Max Straus, a local campground very close to our usual rehearsal space. (9am - 9pm for full day). The cost of the retreat is included in the VYMA tuition.
SIGN UP ASAP TO RESERVE A SPOT! Sign up at rehearsal on Tuesday with Sandi.
We are really looking forward to this awesome experience and hope you will all join us!

Here is a sample schedule for the day (activities my change slightly due to enrollment levels):

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  • Camp Orientation
  • How-to-Compose-Music Workshop
  • Orchestra rehearsal
  • Hike
  • Lunch
  • Scavenger Hunt (boys vs. girls)
  • Orchestra rehearsal
  • Free time (games/sports)
  • Dinner
  • Talent Show (skits, chamber group performance)
  • Campfire (s'mores & movie) 

Sign up for snacks!

We ask that each parent bring snacks or drinks for the orchestra at least once during the semester. Find the sign up sheet for snacks at rehearsal or contact Sandi at vymacoordinator@gmail.com to choose a day (NO peanuts please!)

Pay tuition

If you have not done so already, please pay the spring tuition using our new easy online site (www.vyma.org) or bring check/cash to Sandi at rehearsal. One SO/YO semester is $430 for returning students, and $450 for new students (which includes a $20 audition fee). CO tuition is $300. Please be sure to take care of this as soon as possible to ensure VYMA can continue paying our wonderful coaches and rent on time. Thank you!

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be at the First Congregational Church in Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd. Click here for a map. Park in the lot off Wabasso and enter the building through Fellowship Hall (the big room closest to the parking lot). There will be a sign in sheet inside. Be sure to sign in and out at every rehearsal. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your rehearsal so we can get started and make the best use of our time.

  • Youth Orchestra: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Tuesday
  • String Orchestra: 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm every Tuesday
  • Chamber Orchestra: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm every Tuesday

Important Dates

(click here to view the entire calendar)

  • Jan. 31 - 1st rehearsal
  • Apr. 18 - Break (no rehearsal)
  • Apr. 29 - Retreat
  • May 9 - Dress Rehearsal
  • May 13 - Spring Concert

2016 Spring Concert is on Saturday May 13, at 3pm (call time 1:30pm) at Thorne Hall at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd in Eagle Rock. Click here for a map. 

Attendance & Preparedness

Attendance is very important for *|FNAME|*'s continued participation in VYMA. If your musician will be absent, please notify Sandi or Sam in advance. After 4 missed rehearsals, your musician will not be able to perform in our concert. Attendance at the Dress Rehearsal is mandatory in order to perform in the concert.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing*|FNAME|* on Tuesday!

Sandi Holden
Program Coordinator
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
vymacoordinator@gmail.com
(626) 927-7135

Sam Chilingarian
Artistic Director
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
Samvel@juno.com
(818) 383-4677

Violin give-away!

Our generous partners at the Awesome Music Foundation will be donating one new full size violin to a VYMA musician on Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm.

Photo by gresei/iStock / Getty Images

To enter for your chance to win, students must answer these questions:

  • What are three ways you would benefit from this new violin? 
  • Do you currently own a violin? If no, who do you rent from?
  • Is your current violin the correct size for you?
  • Are you available at 8pm on February 11 to accept the violin? Presentation ceremony will be held in Downey

Please email your answers to mrs444@gmail.com for consideration. Answers must be written by students ONLY - no parent help please!

Good luck!!!

First rehearsal and new parent orientation this Tuesday!

Dear *|FNAME|*,

VYMA's spring semester begins very soon! We hope you will be prepared for VYMA's first rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 31st.  We ask that parents new to VYMA attend a short orientation this Tuesday at 5:30pm. Please RSVP to Sandi at vymacoordinator@gmail.com . Here are a few things to be aware of before we start:

Music will be printed and handed out to students at rehearsal!
If you are new to VYMA, you will be given a music binder. Returning students, please bring your binder from last semester. Be sure to keep track of your music binder and bring it to every rehearsal. In addition to the music binder, *|FNAME|* should bring a wire music stand and a pencil to every rehearsal. Please be sure label your binder and music stand with your musician's name.

Sign up for snacks!

We ask that each parent bring snacks or drinks for the orchestra at least once during the semester. Find the sign up sheet for snacks at rehearsal or contact Sandi at vymacoordinator@gmail.com to choose a day (NO peanuts please!)

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be at the First Congregational Church in Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd. Click here for a map. Park in the lot off Wabasso and enter the building through Fellowship Hall (the big room closest to the parking lot). There will be a sign in sheet inside. Be sure to sign in and out at every rehearsal. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your rehearsal so we can get started and make the best use of our time.

  • Youth Orchestra: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Tuesday
  • String Orchestra: 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm every Tuesday
  • Chamber Orchestra: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm every Tuesday

Important Dates (click here to view the entire calendar)

  • Jan. 31 - 1st rehearsal
  • Apr. 18 - Break (no rehearsal)
  • Apr. 29 - Retreat
  • May 9 - Dress Rehearsal
  • May 13 - Spring Concert

2016 Spring Concert is on Saturday May 13, at 3pm (call time 1:30pm) at Thorne Hall at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd in Eagle Rock. Click here for a map. 

Attendance & Preparedness

Attendance is very important for *|FNAME|*'s continued participation in VYMA. If your musician will be absent, please notify Sandi or Sam in advance. After 4 missed rehearsals, your musician will not be able to perform in our concert. Attendance at the Dress Rehearsal is mandatory in order to perform in the concert.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing *|FNAME|* on Tuesday!

Sandi Holden
Program Coordinator
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
vymacoordinator@gmail.com
(626) 927-7135

Sam Chilingarian
Artistic Director
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
Samvel@juno.com
(818) 383-4677