Our program began with an inspiring experience working with young musicians in a professional orchestra setting. In 2010, Lions Gate Sinfonia and Music Director Clyde Mitchell launched a project to select piano students through an audition process and prepare them for a staged performance with our professional orchestral musicians. The young pianists received a week-long learning opportunity to prepare their performance with a professional ensemble. They were coached on the process that professional musicians go through to make live music for an audience. The performance was astonishing and the transformation in each of the young performers was immense.
Following on this success, we began exploring ways to create this kind of experience for more young musicians. The resulting program is Lions Gate Youth Orchestra, which provides ongoing connection between young musicians and their professional mentors.
This relationship elevates the basic youth orchestra experience through direct insights into the professional realm. On the foundation of musical training and mentorship, we also focus on leadership and teamwork development.