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Youth Orchestra Preps for Spring Concert

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club is gearing up for their spring concert.

Lisa Schallock is the Music Director for the Orchestra.

"We have three cellos and our youngest cellist is only in first grade and we have two bases and two violas and ten violins maybe – first [grade] through senior in high school,” said Schallock.

15-year-old Ethan Benedetti, a Homer High School freshman, plays the viola.

"I’ve been doing it for so long I don’t really get nervous playing this instrument, but when I play any other instrument I feel nervous. I started playing this when I was seven years old. It’s fun playing it in a group setting, and I enjoy playing it well in front of an audience,” said Benedetti.

Credit Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI
Instruments in the Homer Elementary School music room where Homer Youth String Orchestra Club meets to practice.

Freshman, Sammy Walker plays the Violin.

"It’s fun playing with them,” said Walker.

Homer High School freshman, 15-year-old Avram Salzmann plays the cello.

"I still get really scared," Salzmann says, before performing.

"I’ve been doing it for a long time. I started when I was three-and-a-half. I like the groove of the music and the fact that you can like kind of dance to it while you’re playing," said Salzmann.

Salzmann's teacher, Schallock, is retiring this year. He says she'll be missed.

Credit By Daysha Eaton/KBBI
One of the pieces the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club was practicing Thursday, March 31st at West Homer Elementary School.

"I want to thank Lisa for being our director, cause she’s retiring this year and she’s done an amazing job. She has a lot of patience with us even when we’re messing around,” said Salzmann.

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club’s Spring Concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 10th at 3 p.m. in the Homer High School Commons. The concert is free and open to the public.

Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.