Gazette News Report
DAYTON — Local musician Jean-Pierre Khouzam of Xenia will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt at the annual Fall Concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Kettering Adventist Church located at 3939 Stonebridge Road.
The concert is free and features the music of Vivaldi, Michael Haydn, Sir Hubert Parry and Leroy Anderson.
DPYS comprises 59 students in grades sixth through 12 from 27 area schools.The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings was established in 1982 with the support of Virginia Kettering, to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grade 6-12. Students in the Youth Strings will perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing Winter and Fall concerts, DPYS often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.
Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her bachelor of music education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1978 and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1980 under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2000, where her principal teachers were Naoko Tanaka and Won Bin Yim.
Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the Dayton Philharmonic, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony (1987-1988), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (1985-1987), the Toledo Symphony (1982-1985), and the Omaha Symphony (1981-1982). She is a member of the Hofeldt Phillips Piano Trio, which formed in 1991. She performs with her husband, Mark, who is a cellist in the DPO, and Stephen Phillips, a pianist colleague whom she met in grad school at the Cincinnati Conservatory.
The group plays much of the major piano trio repertoire and has given yearly recitals throughout the Miami Valley at the Dayton Art Institute; the University of Dayton; Miami University; Earlham College; the Music on the Avenue series in Covington, Ky.; Wright State University; and at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Chamber Palooza.
Her teaching, chamber coaching, and conducting experience includes Oakwood School, Stivers School for the Arts, Miami Valley Academy, Earlham College, Cincinnati Conservatory and more.
Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings members rehearse every Sunday from 1:45 to 4:15 p.m., September through March. They have March 2016 concerts planned as well.
Performances are broadcast on WDPR 88.1 FM and WDPG 89.9 FM. Please consult www.dpr.org or DPO On The Air for information. Youth must be a student in grades 6–12 and must be a member of a school music organization playing the same instrument as is played in DPYS.
Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.