Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra

Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra

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Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra audition at UA on September 22. Openings for Violin, Cello, Bass, Trumpet and Horn - email Daniel Howdeshell to schedule your audition [email protected]
Don't forget that The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra's 13th Annual Men Who Cook has been rescheduled for May 23, 2020!
Being the official photographer for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra has been amazing. Being in the space while beautiful music is being created is so inspiring for us.
We are grateful for this opportunity.
Our director, Toru Tagawa, had a lot of fun with the William Tell Overture! This and other musical wonders was the Symphony's gift to 1200+ fifth graders from all over Cochise County. BRAVO!
Don't miss our Festival of Trees Gala this Tuesday at 5:30! The perfect event to kick off the holiday season! We will have the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra at The Mall at Sierra Vista and we will be drawing for the raffle prizes!
The 2019 Southeastern AZ [email protected] Conference was amazing! We wanted to take this time to thank a lot of people!

Thank you to our outstanding speakers, Maydwell Yoga, Sami Gardner, Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump!, Moniek James - Renegade Creative Media Group, Kea Retirement Solutions, Mignonne Hollis, and Trisa Katsikapes!!!! We enjoyed all of you and feel honored that you shared your wisdom with all of us!

Thank you to our awesome vendors, Anna White, Cochise Crafters, Ginger's Auto Title Service, LifeSeasons, Life Casting by Juanetta, Mind Imaging Technologies, Patisserie Jacqui, Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, The Great Indoors Company, Unique Body Balance, VENUE HAIR STUDIO, and White Raven Trading Company, LLC!!!!! Thank you for being part of the experience for our attendees!

A special thank you to Christy Hunter Photography for photographing the day away! We can't wait to see all the amazing photos!

Lastly and most importantly, THANK YOU to all the amazing women who attended! None of this is possible without you - an audience to share our stories with, to get to know, and to build community with! You are the reason we do this and we hope you enjoyed it!
The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra

The University Foundation of Sierra Vista sponsored the debut performance of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, August 26, 1995. The Buena Performing Arts Center was filled to capacity for this first performance! There were thirty-six orchestra members for that first concert. Roger Bayes conducted, and Beverly Wright served as concertmaster.

Currently, the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra consists of nearly 60 professional musicians. The 23rd Season will feature the reformation with Artistic Director and Conductor, Toru Tagawa.

Check out their upcoming events on their page! And stop by their table to say hello next Friday!
**September 7th**
Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestran is having their Music at Twilight. Get your tickets online at www.eventbrite.com

**September 8th**
The Fault Line Players is having an Open Casting Call! Paid Roles! For actors for their upcoming show!

**September 10th**
Good Morning Sierra Vista will be at Cochise College . Join the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Sierra Vista , Cochise County - Government and their sponsors Canyon Vista Medical Center , SSVEC , Line & Dot by Laura Jones Martinez and The Sierra Vista Herald from 7am-8:30 getting the updates from our community. Our guest speaker will be Kimber Lanning the Founder of Local First Arizona! This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Get your tickets here
https://mms.sierravistaareachamber.org/members/evr/regmenu.php?orgcode=SVAC

** September 13th - September 14th**
The City of Sierra Vista is hosting Oktoberfest 2019 at Veteran's Memorial Park, Sierra Vista AZ Carnival rides, food and live music!

**September 13th**
Lumber N Lace is partnering with Prestige Assisted Living for Paint & Pour At Prestige: Alzheimer’s Fundraiser ! Get your tickets before Thursday 9/5/2019 to join the fun!
Tickets
http://www.lumbernlace.com/prestige

**September 14th**
FMWR Fort Huachuca is hosting Free Outdoor Movie Nights sponsored by Lawley Automotive Center , SSVEC and R.V. City
The Movie tonight will be Aladdin
So this official now! We have known for a few months but we are now in the final countdown till work starts with this project. Very much looking forward to working with Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra.
Community Bulletin Board!
#svchamber #svchampions
University South Foundation, Inc., Indochine Restaurant, Texas Roadhouse - Sierra Vista, AZ, La Casita Mexican Restaurant And Cantina, Pioneer Title Agency - Arizona, Sierra Vista Ace Hardware, New Frontier Animal Medical Center, Sierra Toyota, Kanmar Construction LLC, Cherry Creek Radio, Tierra Antigua Realty, Stan Greer Millworks, The Sierra Vista Herald, Cochise College, SSVEC, Cochise County Sheriff's Office - Mark J. Dannels Sheriff, Sizzle - JKI The Fault Line Players, FMWR Fort Huachuca, Arizona At Work-Southeastern Arizona, HOOVES, Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Vista Walk To End Alzheimer's, Canyon Vista Medical Center, Sierra Vista Unified School District No. 68, Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Chiricahua Community Health Centers,Inc., Cochise Family Advocacy Center - Lori's Place
A Huge Shout Out to our Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra Intermission Sponsors - Buena Bands Association, Culver's and Broxton's Coffee "Great People, Great Coffee"! You made and amazing performance an event to remember!
Join the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestraand their guest Debra L. Koltveit at the Brown Bag Lunch hosted at Cochise College Downtown Center from noon to 1p.m.
#svchamber #brownbaglecture

The Sierra Vista Symphony Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a high-quality symphonic orchestra.

Operating as usual

01/04/2022
10/28/2021

Live with the Sierra Vista Symphony Association!

SVSA President, Rich Laszok, and SVSA Vice President, Kevin Enright, interview with the Greater Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce. (October 21, 2021)

https://fb.watch/8WGsIraQSm/

10/28/2021

The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time in almost two years. Come see Kyungsun Choi and orchestra perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" In the second half, the orchestra will perform Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture.

Saturday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. (Pre-concert Lecture at 6:00 p.m.)

Klein Center for the Performing Arts, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista

Tickets available at Safeway, Ace Hardware, Dillard's, Chamber of Commerce, and at the door.

Rehearsal

The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time in almost two years. Come see Kyungsun Choi and orchestra perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" In the second half, the orchestra will perform Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture.

Saturday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. (Pre-concert Lecture at 6:00 p.m.)

Klein Center for the Performing Arts, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista

Tickets available at Safeway, Ace Hardware, Dillard's, Chamber of Commerce, and at the door.

Rehearsal

Photos from Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra's post 10/25/2021

Another of the orchestra's retiring member. Frederick Johnson was also featured on Musician Monday.

Here's what he told us then:

My name is Frederick Johnson Sr. and I am a percussionist with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. I really enjoy being a part of the orchestra because it keeps me in touch with a type of music that is not a part of my everyday life. Working in the percussion section often gives me the opportunity to listen to and observe the various parts of the orchestra. Watching the nuances that the string players go through to get their incredible sounds are absolutely fascinating to me. I love the strings, all of them.
And now to the questions.
Why did you choose percussion?
I chose to play drums because my mom couldn’t afford the trumpet that I really wanted to play. Drumsticks were much more affordable than a trumpet, so it was drums or nothing. That’s what my family could afford at the time. By high school I was absolutely convinced that I had made the right choice. Not once did I ever see the cheerleaders ask a trumpet player to work with them at a basketball game. They always came looking for the drummers!

Do you perform with any other orchestras or groups?
Most of my musical education and professional experience came from working for more than 20 years as an Army musician. More than half of that time was spent performing in Germany. I’ve performed with many international groups and in several mass band containing musicians from as many as 7 different European countries. Currently my musical performances are with the SVSO and the Sierra Vista Community Band. There are also occasional opportunities that pop up during the year, but these days my musical performances are winding down. I have been performing music for the Sierra Vista Community in various forms for the past 29 years.

What is your favorite piece of music composed for the percussion section?
I can’t really think of any pieces composed specifically for the percussion section, however, I do enjoy performing the music of John Williams. He takes full advantage of the percussion section in many of his film scores in particular. He is most commonly known for composing the theme to Star Wars, but his list of film scores is quite extensive. Superman, Jaws, The Poseidon Adventure, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hook, and Home Alone are just a few of the films scores John Williams has written.

What is the best piece of advice you received about playing the drums?
A very wise old performer once told me that if you love what you are doing then it’s not really like work. So work at doing what you love. At that time he was specifically talking about music but that same wisdom transfers well to any profession. Work hard at what you love so you can love what you do for a living.

What makes a good percussionist/drummer?
The short answer is the same as for any other instrument, practice. This question can be a very wide ranging one because sometimes the requirements of a drummer are very different than those of a percussionist. There are a couple of things that are essential to both. A good ear and a feel for timing are critical in both professions. Good technique and precision are also very necessary. There are so many different instruments that a percussionist is required to play at any given time so versatility is also a good quality to have.

How often do you practice?
For me, the honest answer to this question at this time has to be, not nearly often enough. After retiring from my 9 to 5 job I thought I’d be able to spend as much time as I wanted doing whatever I wanted. But reality has set in and I find myself busier than I ever thought possible. So time in ‘the wood shed’ has suffered. But that is getting better. But when there is performance music in hand, my practice time is quite extensive regardless of whom the performance is for.

How many drums or other instruments do you own?
Working in the percussion section can be hazardous to your wallet. There is always another piece of equipment you can find a need for. Or worse yet, finding something better than you already have. I currently have 3 drum sets (2 acoustic and 1 electric), a trombone, baritone horn, bass guitar, piano, electric keyboard, bells, xylophone, 2 or 3 sets of concert cymbals and a couple of drawers full of small percussion instruments such as cow bells, wood blocks, triangles, an assortment of whistles and tone blocks and all kinds of noise makers. And if I were not purposefully limiting myself on purchasing more equipment, I would likely have a lot more. Once you have the essentials, what you can add to your personal arsenal is almost limitless.

What do you look for when purchasing percussion equipment?
In my younger days I played a lot of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and big band music. The drums I used were big and heavy and very good for that type of music. Now at 60+ I look for light weight, quality equipment. The drums I use now are very small, much easier to drag around, and can fit on much smaller or more crowded stages. Quality in any instrument is still an important requirement.

What is the favorite piece of music you performed with the SV Symphony?
I have to say I have 2 favorites and they are very different. I love the William Tell Overture because it reminds me of watching The Lone Ranger as a youngster on Saturday mornings on our little 12 inch black and white TV. My second favorite is Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. I love this one because it is simply a beautiful piece of music. It has very little in the way of percussion parts but it really is beautiful music.

Thank you for your interest and I hope you can make it out to see our next symphony performance. The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra is a wonderful organization and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Photos from Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra's post 10/19/2021

Cynthia Gobel, the SVSO Principal Clarinetist and a founding member of the orchestra, is retiring. This is what she wrote when she was highlighted on Musician Monday.

My name is Cynthia (Cindy) Gobel, principal clarinetist with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. I have played with the symphony since the first season and have completed the 25th season in January 2020. I became involved with the symphony at the invitation of Dan Howdeshell, one of the symphony founders/organizers. I had played for him when he was the director/instructor as first chair clarinet with the Cochise County Community College Band for 10 years.
I am originally from Vandalia, Ohio. The backyard of our home was located next to the high school football field and parking lot, so every football season my family and friends would watch what we could of the games from our yard or from our neighbor’s yard since they had a better view. The highlight was always watching the band half time shows. It was then that I had decided I wanted to play either clarinet or flute. The clarinet won out because my Aunt had a wooden clarinet that my cousin no longer was playing that we could buy from her. I began playing the clarinet in sixth grade when I was 10 and began taking private lessons that same year from a high school student. From 7th grade through high school I studied with Robert E. Davis, the junior high and high school band director who was a graduate of the Ohio State University music program. I am thankful for my parent’s support and payment for those lessons. I think they have gotten their money’s worth!
I continued my music in college when I attended and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois as a church music major with clarinet emphasis. During my time there my private music lessons were held at the American Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University with Jerome Stowell and Walter Woolridge, both clarinetists with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in college I played and toured with the Moody Concert Band.
My favorite music is classical music, such as Mozart and Beethoven. It is difficult to say what my favorite piece of music is or the most difficult piece I have played. Some pieces we have performed over the 25 years of the symphony have been quite challenging for me. I also enjoy sacred music and have played many times with church orchestras and choirs in the various places I have lived from Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and Arizona.
I currently only play with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. After college I auditioned for and was 1st substitute clarinet for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Ohio and performed with them. I performed with the Tucson Civic Opera Orchestra as a substitute. I have also played with the 36th Army Band at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
I play the clarinet (B flat and A). When I began with the symphony I did not own an A clarinet, so when a piece we were playing was written for the A clarinet, I transposed and hand wrote the music so that I could play it on my B flat clarinet. I got tired of doing that, so I purchased my A clarinet.
The key to playing the clarinet is a good reed, a good embouchure (a stiff lower lip as opposed to a “stiff upper lip”), and practice, practice, practice! Nimble fingers are good to have too. My teacher used to challenge me to practice more than he did during the summer. Believe it or not I did manage to do that one summer for a week in high school. Now I wish I had done it more times than that!
I have played a little ukulele in junior high with a church youth group and I have played a little piano. I never really liked the piano when I was younger. For sure I regretted not playing piano when I was in college and doing music theory and composition classes!
I also like to sing. I currently lead the singing for the worship team at my church in Bisbee. My sisters and I used to sing as a trio when we were growing up. Our parents had hopes we would be like the Lennon sisters, but we never made it that far! In my spare time I also work with my church’s children’s programs teaching Sunday School and summer daily vacation Bible School when we have it. I also participate in other outreach programs of the church. I had served as church Treasurer for 17 years until August 2019.
As far as memorizing music, I have memorized about four pieces for solo and ensemble contests in junior high and high school. Memorization was not required for my senior music recital in college, so I did not memorize the pieces. One piece I had memorized was Solo de Contours by Henri Rabaud. I played that for solo and ensemble contest in high school. Then my senior year in high school, I was one of four clarinet players who had memorized it and performed it together with the band for our spring concert. The piece begins with a long cadenza. There was a lot of practice involved to be able to play a cadenza together!
I retired from full-time work at Cochise County Community College District in 2017 after working there for 34 years. Upon retirement I was the Assistant Director of Finance. I went back to work part-time for the college twice since my retirement, but I am now retired again. I have considered retiring from the symphony, but as of now, I have not turned in my notice. Now that I am not working, I am hopeful that I will be able to spend more time practicing for the symphony and put off retiring for now. As you get older though, the fingers are not so nimble!
I have immensely enjoyed playing with the symphony. I like being part of the group and making music together. It is challenging but has been rewarding. I have always wanted to perform in a professional orchestra. The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra has fulfilled that desire.
I look forward to seeing you at the future concerts of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. Hopefully, that will be able to happen this fall.

08/04/2021

The first glimpse of many of the "celebrity" chefs cooking for Men Who Cook on September 18, 2021.

The first glimpse of many of the "celebrity" chefs cooking for Men Who Cook on September 18, 2021.

Photos from Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra's post 07/25/2021

Thank you to the Sierra Vista Symphony Brass Quintet for the wonderful performance last night, July 24.

07/24/2021

Tonight is the performance of the Sierra Vista Symphony Brass Quintet. The tubist for tonight's performance is Daniel Brown. Here is a short bio.

Dr. Daniel Brown holds a B.A. in Music from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a M.M. in Music Performance from the Pennsylvania State University, and a D.M.A. in Music Performance from the University of Arizona. He is currently the band director at Borman K-8 and Myers-Ganoung K-5 in TUSD. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the TUSD Band Mentor. He can be heard playing tuba in a variety of local groups including the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Old Pueblo Brass Band, Rezonators Brass Band, and Klezmerkaba.

Tonight is the performance of the Sierra Vista Symphony Brass Quintet. The tubist for tonight's performance is Daniel Brown. Here is a short bio.

Dr. Daniel Brown holds a B.A. in Music from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a M.M. in Music Performance from the Pennsylvania State University, and a D.M.A. in Music Performance from the University of Arizona. He is currently the band director at Borman K-8 and Myers-Ganoung K-5 in TUSD. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the TUSD Band Mentor. He can be heard playing tuba in a variety of local groups including the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Old Pueblo Brass Band, Rezonators Brass Band, and Klezmerkaba.

07/23/2021

The fourth player in the Sierra Vista Symphony Quintet. Trombonist Jordan Robison.

Jordan Robison joined the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in 2015, shortly after moving to Tucson to start his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Arizona. As a graduate teaching assistant for the trombone studio, Jordan taught private lessons, conducted the undergraduate trombone choir, coached chamber music, and assisted with trombone pedagogy, brass methods, and weekly studio classes. He was also a founding member of the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet. Jordan holds a master’s degree and a performance certificate from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands at his hometown in Southern California. Performing coast to coast, he has appeared with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Coachella Valley Symphony, among others. After making the Southwest his home, Jordan has enjoyed more recent work with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, and the Tucson Trombone Collective, in addition to pit orchestra appearances with Broadway in Tucson, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Christian Youth Theater. In his current position at Instrumental Music Center, Jordan works with the Educational Services team to support band, orchestra, and choir programs of all levels across the state of Arizona and beyond. He also teaches private students locally. In his free time, Jordan enjoys the wonders of air conditioning in the desert, contemplating life beyond our cosmic horizon in an ever-expanding universe, and hanging with his two pups.

The fourth player in the Sierra Vista Symphony Quintet. Trombonist Jordan Robison.

Jordan Robison joined the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in 2015, shortly after moving to Tucson to start his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Arizona. As a graduate teaching assistant for the trombone studio, Jordan taught private lessons, conducted the undergraduate trombone choir, coached chamber music, and assisted with trombone pedagogy, brass methods, and weekly studio classes. He was also a founding member of the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet. Jordan holds a master’s degree and a performance certificate from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands at his hometown in Southern California. Performing coast to coast, he has appeared with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Coachella Valley Symphony, among others. After making the Southwest his home, Jordan has enjoyed more recent work with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, and the Tucson Trombone Collective, in addition to pit orchestra appearances with Broadway in Tucson, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Christian Youth Theater. In his current position at Instrumental Music Center, Jordan works with the Educational Services team to support band, orchestra, and choir programs of all levels across the state of Arizona and beyond. He also teaches private students locally. In his free time, Jordan enjoys the wonders of air conditioning in the desert, contemplating life beyond our cosmic horizon in an ever-expanding universe, and hanging with his two pups.

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