Three Newark High School students are members of the 2019-20 Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, the highest-level youth orchestra in the Hochstein School’s four-tier youth program.
They are junior and French horn player Rachel George, who is the HYSO principal horn, junior Joshua Mercer, a percussionist; and sophomore Elijah Malach, who plays the trumpet.
HYSO is an advanced youth orchestra comprised of Greater Rochester musicians in grades 7-12. Students compete annually for a seat in the orchestra, performing in at least four concerts throughout the school year. This season, students from 27 different schools are participating.
Since 2000, the orchestra has performed in Spain, Portugal, Austria, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland. It made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2002, and will tour in Germany and the Czech Republic in spring 2020.
The Hochstein School celebrates its centennial in 2020 and, as part of the celebration, HYSO will perform for the “Live from Hochstein” concert series on March 18, which will broadcast live on WXXI 91.5 FM.
George, who has played the French horn since fourth grade, started taking private lessons at Hochstein in seventh grade. She was in the Junior Wind Symphony in grades 7-8, Philharmonia in eighth grade, Youth Wind Symphony in grades 9-10 and HYSO for the last two years. She received the Gretchen Snedeker Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which covers tuition for a full year.