Erica Adkins and Jackie Beery, Staff Writers – April 24, the Citrus County Youth Wind Symphony [CCYWS] will hold its first meeting in the fellowship hall of Crystal River First Presbyterian Church. Created by Lecanto High School [LHS] senior Morgan Lozzi, the ensemble was designed to be a platform for middle and high school musicians to build on their knowledge and gain skills. Any students from Lecanto, Citrus, Crystal River, or Seven Rivers schools in 7th through 12th grade with at least a year of participation in band are invited to attend.
Lozzi will serve as conductor for the group, and is in charge of the matter as a whole. In addition, upperclassmen from all three public schools in the county have volunteered to work as instructors for their given instrument, to be in charge of their section, and guide participants along.
For many, going to band class during the school day is not enough to truly improve on one’s instrument. Leaders of the CCYWS hope to provide an extra avenue for such students.
According to low brass instructor and LHS junior Shane O’Leary, the group was created to “provide an experience to learn [and] create music in a stress-free environment outside of school band programs.”
Members of the CCYWS leadership are extremely excited for the future of the symphony, which will meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“Coming from out of state, it’s pretty shocking to me the limited amount of engaging opportunities offered to young musicians in Citrus County, so I’m thrilled that we’re starting something,” said LHS junior and clarinet instructor Jackie Beery.
The lead members of the ensemble have been wanting to put together a group of this nature for quite a while and are happy to finally realize their goal.
“I’ve been planning it out for a long time and I’m really excited. Plus, I feel the staff is going to be great since it’ll be basically student-led,” said Lozzi.
Chair auditions for placement within the band will be held during the first meeting and will consist of a couple major scales and a sight-reading assessment. Anyone interested in joining is suggested to sign up on the CCYWS Facebook page at facebook.com/CCYWS.
“We are looking for anyone who has an interest or a passion in music and knows their instrument fairly well,” said head woodwind instructor and flute player, LHS junior Laurel Summa.