Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 6, 2012

Youth orchestra members get ready for annual show


GOSHEN — Tari Thiery’s neighbors may have been getting some free concerts.

Once a week, music can be heard emanating from a South Third Street home as Thiery hosts rehearsal for the Goshen Summer Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra — made up primarily of middle-school to college students — began as a “jam session” between Thiery’s three sons and their friends. When the Thierys’ added a room to their home eight years ago, they also found additional space where the group could rehearse. And it’s a good thing they have it, because the orchestra has grown to include students from Warsaw and Elkhart.

“We started with 11 people, and now its grown to about 20 students,” Thiery said.

Hannah Vining, a 2012 Goshen High School graduate, is in her fourth year with the group and plays the viola in the orchestra. She said that it’s nice to have a more laid-back approach to the orchestra in the summer.

“There are a lot of really talented people in the orchestra, and only practicing once a week makes it fun,” Vining said. She will be heading to Anderson University in the fall, where she will be a member of the school’s orchestra and is expecting to minor in music.

Thiery herself has a musical background, but not much in the way of directing, admitting to finding clips that showed the proper way to hold a baton on YouTube. So she recruited Laura Johnson, the orchestra director at Elkhart Christian Academy, to assist her.

Along with providing beautiful music, Thiery said that the purpose of the group is also to “create and perpetuate culture” throughout the community.

The orchestra performs once a year at the end of the summer, before the members all go their separate ways to school. This year’s performance will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen. The group will be presenting pieces from composers including Schubert and Mendelssohn.