Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Long Island Conservatory announced today the formation of the Nassau County Youth Orchestra which will allow for young talented musicians, ages 12 to 22 years of age, to learn with Julliard conductor George Stelluto. The Nassau County Youth Orchestra will focus on the power of music and how it can bring meaning into the lives of our County’s youth. The program is designed to increase self-image, increase confidence, provide direction, create a sense of belonging and provide opportunities for volunteer service.
“It gives me great pleasure to offer our young talented residents this exceptional opportunity,” said County Executive Mangano. “The Nassau County Youth Orchestra will provide invaluable experience to our young people and I applaud the Long Island Conservatory and Julliard conductor George Stelluto for coming together to provide an innovative program that also offers volunteer service.”
The Nassau County Youth Orchestra will perform at least two concerts every year as a way for participants to give back to their community. The program will be run by the Long Island Conservatory and will provide scholarships to all participants. No student will be excluded because of income restrictions. Auditions will begin during the last week in September and required is one selection of the contestant’s choice.
“I am proud to be able to see my long time dream come true,” said Long Island Conservatory President, Minsun Kim. “I am so excited to see this is happening in our community and am pleased to be able provide a high quality educational experience to these students. Music has the ability to translate our experiences into expressions that resonate within our hearts, and this is an ideal situation where participants have the opportunity to contribute their talent to the community and learn about the importance of community service.
All participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the President’s Volunteer Award Program. The Long Island Conservatory is a certified organization for this valuable volunteer program and will enroll and log all member’s hours. Now, more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to help others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities and as a nation. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. Currently, the Long Island Conservatory has seven Bronze Presidential Volunteer Award recipients. Recipients are receiving the Bronze Award for community service by providing concerts, dance presentation and music throughout their community.