For the second year in a row, two students from Newark High School are members of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, the highest-level youth orchestra in The Hochstein School’s five-tier program in Rochester.
Senior Mallory Williams plays trumpet and sophomore Rachel George plays French horn.
The HYSO is an advanced youth orchestra comprised of advanced Greater Rochester musicians in grades 7-12. Students compete annually for a seat and perform in at least three concerts throughout the school year. This season features students from 24 schools.
Since 2000, the HYSO has performed in Spain, Portugal, Austria, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland, and debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2002. Williams and George toured with the HYSO last spring in Spain.
The orchestra’s first concert of the year featured Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” selections from Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” “Rakoczy March” from Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” and the last two movements of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The Ravel and Bruch works were in honor of the end of World War I. The concert fell on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, as well as the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death.
Besides being in the HYSO in 2017, Williams has played in the Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony since she was in ninth grade. She was in Philharmonia when she was in 10th grade.
George, who has taken private French horn lessons at Hochstein since she was in seventh grade, played in Junior Wind Symphony in grades 7-8, Philharmonia in eighth grade and Youth Wind Symphony in ninth grade. She was a member of the HYSO in 2017.
Williams and George are members of the NHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Brass Quintet. Williams also is in Downbeat.
Robert Humphrey, the NHS instrumental music teacher who directs the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band Brass Quintet and Downbeat, commended Williams and George on being selected again to perform in the HYSO.
“We’re very proud of any stellar musical achievement by our students, whether it is here or off campus,” he said. “It’s a reflection of our school and music program.”