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Give Back Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Music Festival fosters youth musicians

Special to the Sun

An evening at sunset with music, a picnic and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy Orchestra.

Lake Tahoe Music Festival's mission is to grow young musicians, and at the same time provide the community with a series of classical music concerts set in some of Tahoe's most beautiful spots.

These "Sunset Serenades" feature the LTMF Academy Orchestra, which is made up of recent graduates of music schools and conservatories or graduate students. This year there are 22 musicians who will play a selection of Mozart and Hyden.

In addition the concerts will spotlight two soloists, Nathan Hughes, principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and faculty member at The Julliard School and cellist, Saeunn Thorsteindottirir, who has appeared on some of the world's greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall.

The August Concert Series funds the Truckee Youth Music Program (TYMP), which introduces Truckee elementary students to the world of music. With the lack of funding for music in the schools this program fills an important need.

The young musicians are provided with the use of musical instruments and are given free instruction by another set of student musicians. Students who are members of the High School marching band volunteer to teach and mentor the elementary children.

Student teachers who are graduating seniors and continuing on to college are awarded scholarships in appreciation of their involvement in the program.

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This year over 30 third, fourth and fifth graders participated in TYMP and two college scholarships were given to graduating mentors.

For complete information on Lake Tahoe Music Festival Concert Series, Sunset Serenades, August 16-21, visit the website at, or call 530-583-3101.