In 2000, the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic was established in Southeastern Wisconsin to meet the need for a quality symphonic orchestra for motivated young high school instrumentalists, providing valuable experience and pre-collegiate training in orchestral repertoire and performance. Founder Susan Stauber, a graduate of Lawrence University and the Aspen Music Festival conductors' seminar, was at the time a Kenosha Unified School District middle school orchestra director and well-respected musician (Oboe / English Horn). Her vision embraced an all-encompassing and forward thinking model based on the high standards and broad repertoire of the youth orchestra setting. In 2003, Lakeshore Youth expanded to include an intermediate string ensemble, Sinfonia. In July, 2014 the first Summer Strings workshop was founded.
Since that time the organization has worked to expand programming to include side by side performances with professional musicians, working with world class guest artists and providing chamber music opportunities to students of all levels. Lakeshore Youth Orchestras believe that this additional programming enhances student performance skills that will reflect in their playing within our ensembles and in school ensembles as well as private lesson playing. Click here to see past performances and programming.
Lakeshore Youth Orchestras’ Sinfonia orchestra is a strings only ensemble that consists of students starting in 4th grade with a minimum of 3 years of playing experience. Mrs. Darlene Rivest is the conductor of this group. She believes developing good orchestral habits are the foundation of this orchestra. Sinfonia students perform advanced-intermediate string repertoire.
The Philharmonic orchestra is a full orchestra that consists of students starting in 9th grade. Dr. Edward Kawakami conducts this orchestra. He introduces students to standard orchestral repertoire, including symphonies by Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart. These works provide challenges that are both musical and technical. Dr. Kawakami does an incredible job of teaching these works and motivating students to not only learn this music at a high level but also to develop a love of playing as an ensemble.