Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville

Webb Students Selected to Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Webb Students Selected to Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Nine Webb Middle and Upper School string orchestra program members have been chosen to participate in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra (KSYO), including Webb senior Colin Aponte, who was named Youth Orchestra Concertmaster for the 2021-2022 season.

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is to educate students through high-level orchestral training in a professional environment while developing new audiences for symphonic music. Students selected for the KSYO rehearse weekly under the direction of professional conductors for various concerts to be performed throughout the year.

Under the leadership of KSYO Music Director, James Fellenbaum, more than 350 students are selected by an audition process each year to participate in one of six orchestras, led by the Youth Orchestra. Other ensembles include Youth Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Preludium, and Junior Orchestra. For this year’s auditions, participants were required to sight-read, play major and minor scales chosen at random, and prepare and perform a self-selected solo piece that demonstrated the player’s most advanced level of technical and musical development.

Webb string orchestra director, Bethany Burton, said that she is extremely impressed by the number of Webb students who have chosen to dedicate themselves to the KSYO this year. “Not only does the KSYO have extensive audition requirements, but it also involves weekly rehearsals and multiple concerts throughout the year,” Burton noted. “What is most exciting to me is that these students are so passionate; auditions were the first week of school, so the process and preparation were self-motivated. I am elated to have so many fervent musicians as a part of Webb’s orchestra program.”

Webb proudly congratulates the following Spartan student-musicians selected for this year’s KSYO:

Colin Aponte ’22, violin
Named concertmaster of the top Youth Orchestra. As concertmaster/lead violinist, Aponte will sit in the first chair next to the conductor’s podium. He will lead the orchestra in its tuning prior to each concert and will customarily play all the violin solos within the performed pieces.

Samuel Sudler ’23, bass
Named 1st chair/principal bassist in Chamber Orchestra

Rebecca Aponte ’25, violin
Selected to top Youth Orchestra

William McNab ’26, bass
Named 3rd chair bassist in top Youth Orchestra

Katie Ray ’26, violin
Selected 1st violin/5th chair in Chamber Orchestra

Joshua Sudler ’26, viola
Named 1st chair/principal viola player in Sinfonia Orchestra

Gaby Bainbridge ’27, violin
Selected for Preludium

Henry Jay ’27, violin
Selected for Sinfonia Orchestra

Lily Kim ’27, viola
Selected for Philharmonia

 

Nine Webb Middle and Upper School string orchestra program members have been chosen to participate in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra (KSYO). Following an extensive audition process, 350-plus students from numerous counties in East Tennessee are selected each year to participate in one of six KSYO orchestras. Students selected for the KSYO rehearse weekly under the direction of professional conductors for various concerts to be performed throughout the year. (not pictured: Lily Kim)