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Young Artists Spotlight

Wednesdays at 3:00 PM

The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the most talented young musicians you'll find anywhere. Young Artists Spotlight gives these musicians, ranging from junior high through college the opportunity to perform live on the radio, and share their passion for classical music with the FM89 audience. The live performances take place each Spring, direct from the new Barmann Chaney Studio. The programs can be heard Wednesdays at 3:00 PM in February, March and April. 

2017 marks a number of firsts for the program and the station. To begin, we welcome a new host for the program, FM89’s David Aus. A musician and educator himself, David will bring audiences new insights into the talented students who get to perform on the show.

Second, 2017 marks the first year that Young Artists Spotlight will originate from the new Barmann-Chaney Performance Studio at Valley Public Radio’s new broadcast center in Clovis. The new facility was designed from the ground up to host live music performances like Young Artists Spotlight with optimum acoustics and technical capacity. In prior years, some student groups were too large to perform with their whole ensemble and were forced to leave some students at home because our old performance studio was too small.

Likewise, less than optimum sound isolation in our old facility meant that all work in the rest of the station had to stop when Young Artists Spotlight was in session. Sometimes employees were forced to work and record content inside their cars during this time. Now with a proper studio with state of the art acoustic technology, we are able to be more efficient and deliver great sound quality to listeners.

Also new this year will be the addition of Facebook Live video streaming of student performances. This added dimension will allow users of the popular social network to watch the performances live as they happen. We hope you will join us for another season of excellent performances from talented students on Young Artists Spotlight.

Young Artists Spotlight 2017 Schedule

February 1                          Oboe Soloist Layla Stefanacci, University High School

February 8                          Central Unified Guitars (Fresno)

February 15                        Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

February 22                       University High Flute Choir

March 1                               Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 8                               Lindsay Guitars – Nancy Wills

March 15                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 22                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 29                             Bakersfield Brass Quintet + French Horn soloist

April 5                                   Bakersfield Youth Symphony string quartet + piano & violin soloists

April 12                                 Bakersfield piano soloist Kelsey Jian, with Anna Jian

April 19                                 Tulare Youth Symphony Soloists

April 26                                 Fresno Musical Club soloists

Harpist Dana Peck on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

Mar 4, 2015
George Mason / Valley Public Radio

Dana Peck, home-schooled in Bakersfield, began studying harp at age 11.  For two years she has been the principal (and only) harpist with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, which tours England and Scotland beginning March 26.  For the past three years, Dana has studied in the Fine Arts Summer Academy, which gave her the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She has played under conductors Kyunghun Kim and Jung Ho Park. And studying with a teacher in Southern California, Dana was able to strum the strings of Harpo Marx’s harp!

George Mason / Valley Public Radio

With members seemingly beyond their years in life experience, the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet graced the FM89 studios with individual stories to tell, in addition to the musicians’ performances of Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and more.

Violinist Henry Song, a Stockdale H.S. senior and in his second visit to Young Artist Spotlight, came ready to tell us of his football prowess and his hopes for the future on a college gridiron. Hearing his violin mastery, one hopes he insures his fingers!

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It was a full studio this time for Young Artists Spotlight, in the second of three Youth Orchestras of Fresno programs, which are being spread across the total 13 Wednesdays this season. So to the Bonner Studio came Emily, Lynette, Sebastian, McKenna, Amanda, and Peyton.

The rest of the young musicians looked on as 11-year-old violinist Emily Okayasu, who attends St. Anthony’s school, performed for her third year on Young Artists Spotlight.  It is not an exaggeration to say that jaws dropped and eyes lit up. And Emily’s accompanist was Matthew Dean.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances from two talented musicians from Bakersfield's Stockdale High - junior Alice Lee and sophomore Liang (Vicky) Zhao. Both are members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra and the each play multiple instruments.

Alice plays piano, flute and piccolo but her emphasis is violin, which she has been playing for six years. She even has two students of her own now. And Alice is Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra soloist for the 2014-15 season. She plans to major in music, all the way to a PhD professorship.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

We begin the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from a number of talented young musicians, including a flute quartet, two harpists and a violinist. 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno Flute Quartet:
Mai Schweizer; Lillian O'Day, Beth Wilson and Jamie Hellwig

Harp soloists:
Aria Delgado
Carter Williams

Violin soloist:
Benjamin Pegram

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear performances from two of the Fresno Musical Club's 2014 scholarship winners. Violinist William Chen is the 1st place winner of the 2014 Hildred Minich Scholarship for young string players.  

William attends University High School, has served for three years as concert master for the Youth Orchestra of Fresno, and studies privately  with Thi Nguyen.   He performs selections from Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D, and is accompanied by pianist Matthew Dean.

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 3

Apr 16, 2014
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of soloists from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This week we hear performances by three exceptionally talented musicians from YOOF:

Joanne Chen, violin performs Max Bruch's Concerto in G minor, first and second movements

Henry Woolf, flute performs Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, first mvt

Aaron Grisez, marimba performs Paul Lansky's Hop(3)

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we bring you the sounds of a trio of talented performers from Fresno Pacific University and hear a trio of flute, violin and cello. The group features Summer Collison flute; Maxton Vieira, violin and Allison Ens, cello. All three are students of FPU professor Dieter Wulforhost. 

Trio No. 2 in G major, op. 19, no. 2    by François Devienne       (1759-1803) 

Allegro,  Rondo. Allegretto

Serenade in D Major, op. 25 (1802)  by  Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770-1827)

Entrata. Allegro

Fresno State President's Quintet

Apr 2, 2014

  This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear the President's Quintet of California State University Fresno. This scholarship woodwind ensemble is funded through the office of the university's President Joseph Castro and performs at many official campus events. The student members also receive additional support from the Fresno State Associated Students Inc. for tours, supplies and commissions. The group was founded in 1978, and is directed by Fresno State flute professor Dr. Teresa Beaman. In previous years, the ensemble has toured Europe, Asia and California.

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet

Mar 27, 2014
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear the music of the Fresno City College Guitar Quartet, featuring students from the FCC Advanced Guitar class. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Kevin Cooper and performs music by Albeniz, Penella, Praetorius and others. 

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet:
Andrew Gomez-Ramirez
Roger Hallaway
Brandon Mendez
Micah Byers
Dr. Kevin Cooper, director

Young Artists Spotlight: Michael Delfin

Mar 19, 2014
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The 23-year-old pianist Michael Delfin is no stranger to FM89 listeners. He has twice before performed on Young Artists Spotlight, and this week he returns to our studio to share his music with local listeners. Now a resident of Baltimore, Michael is on the faculty of the Baltimore School of Music. He also is a double major at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, studying both music (at the Peabody Conservatory) and history. 

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 2

Mar 12, 2014
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of performances from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This time, we feature five young string musicians from ages nine through eleven. Hear these talented pre-teens: Emilea Okayasu, Benjamin Pegram, and Hope Yuan, violin, and Olivia Lin and Luke Zhao, cello.

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Ensembles Part 1

Mar 5, 2014

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature three ensembles from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF), including five trombones, three flutes, a cello and violin. FM89's George Mason hosts this special program featuring some of the Central Valley's finest young musicians.

YOOF Trombone Choir:

Featuring Madeleine Guekguezian, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin, and Ethan Santos performing  "Song for Japan" by Steven Verhelst

YOOF Flute Trio:

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2014

Feb 26, 2014
George Mason / Valley Public Radio

The eight-member honor group from the Lindsay High School Guitars paid a return visit to Young Artists Spotlight this year. The performance included solos from graduating seniors Salvador Madrigal and Joseph Ochoa, not to mention a surprise cello solo from Kathryne Wills, the youngest member of the Tulare County Symphony and the daughter of Lindsay High School teacher Nancy Wills, who founded the Lindsay Guitars in 1999 and leads the group to this day. 

Young Artists Spotlight: Alice Lee

Feb 19, 2014
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature multi-instrumentalist Alice Lee. A student at Bakersfield's Stockdale High School, Alice is  both a pianist and a violinist. She is also a member of the Stockdale band and orchestra, under the director Mr. John Biller.

Alice says she would like to pursue her musical career after high school.

"I would like to major in music. I want to get a doctor's in music education and become a professor. Also, I want to teach kids and be in a symphony orchestra," says Alice. 

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