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The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) is a youth and family development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The program is designed to use the life skills learned in music instruction to engage youth in activities that discourage at-risk behaviors and keep them committed to staying in school.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Messages from the Graduating Class to Betty and the MYO

As they prepare to graduate from high school, some of our seniors have written special notes to Betty Perry and the rest of the supportive team at MYO. Thank you, seniors, for these words of encouragement!

Mrs. Perry, thank you for creating a program which not only fostered my love of music, but opened my eyes to the opportunities and community which surrounds it. 

          - Zoe Black, cello

Mrs. Perry, you are full of surprises!

          - Kyra Bowman, violin

I had wanted to quit more than once, but Mrs. Perry talked me back into picking up my violin again and seeing this out to the end. I may not take over this program like she keeps telling me that I should, but no matter what, this program will always have a special place in my heart.

          - Cody Coffman, violin

Mrs. Perry, thank you for enriching our lives musically, emotionally, and spiritually.

          - George Gemelas, viola

MYO has helped me understand the artistic and technical traits of music and I will love music ever more.

          - Caleb Guerrero, violin

MYO has given me an experience that I will continue to value for the rest of my life. I was surrounded by strong leadership-which gave me the strength and confidence I needed to continue my passion for music at a deeper level.

          - Sharif Ibrahim, bass

Mrs. Perry – I would like to thank you for believing in me and pushing me to be a better musician and a better person.
          - Myles Robinson, violin

MYO not only made me like the violin, but made me love playing the violin.
          - Olivia Smith, violin

Mrs. Perry – Learned so much from you and the lesson teachers. Thank you for everything you do. You are a great teacher and I love you.
          - Jessica Thomas, bass

Thank you, Betty, for all that you do to enrich the lives of our students!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Meet Our Graduating Class - Part Two

Let's meet the second half of this year's group of MYO graduates. Seniors, we are so proud of you!

Sharif Ibrahim is graduating from Carmel High School and plans to attend Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In addition to MYO, Sharif has been involved in music at his high school, serving as bass section leader of the CHS orchestra and participating in jazz band and wind symphony.

Hannah Murphy is graduating from North Central High School.
Myles Robinson is graduating from Pike High School. In the fall, he will be attending Purdue University to study information technology. Outside MYO, Myles has been involved in track, football, Key Club, Best Buddies, and debate team. He made the honor roll and deans list in addition to being honored as symphony concertmaster and captain of the track and field team.

Rebecca Jones is graduating from Pike High School.
Olivia Smith is graduating from Pike High School. She plans on attending Ohio State University to study biology and eventually pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon. During her high school career, Olivia has been involved in soccer, the National Honor Society, Ambassadors, and the Black History Club, where she served as secretary. She is an AP Scholar in the top 30 of her graduating class. She was also honored as an All State Academic Scholar for soccer, a Pike Top Outstanding Scholar Athlete, a district science fair winner, and received a gold at ISSMA Solo and Ensemble. Olivia has also had an abstract published for research.

Jessica Thomas is graduating from Broad Ripple High School. She plans on attending Indiana University to major in veterinary medicine and minor in music. She has been a mentor at Turning Point Family Worship center, participated in Little Sisters, served as a church usher, and played for the jazz band and orchestra.

Meet Our Graduating Class - Part One

As the end of the school year approaches, we're reminded of all the hard work and dedication of this year's MYO seniors.  We are very proud of all of our graduating seniors and can't wait to see what the future has in store for them. Seniors, you will be missed! 

Let's meet the first half of our group of 2014 graduates.

Zoe Black is graduating from Herron High School and will be attending University of Michigan to pursue a degree in visual arts.  In addition to her involvement with MYO, Zoe has served as a captain for the soccer team and has also played lacrosse.  She has been on the High Honor Roll at Herron every year and also received an honorable mention as a mural designer for the Julian Center of Indianapolis.

Jordan Barnette is graduating from Crosspointe Christian Academy.

Kyra Bowman is graduating from North Central High School and will attend Ivy Tech for one year and then transfer to Ball State University.  Kyra plans to study fashion design and merchandising as well as accounting.  During her high school career, Kyra has been involved in Hebrew and Latin club as well as participating in AVID, a college prep course.  She has received two leadership awards as well as the award for most fashionable in her class.

Cody Coffman is graduating from Key Learning Community and plans to attend IUPUI.  Cody is a member of the National Honor Society and is also a recipient of Academic Honors.  He enjoys designing logos and album covers and plans to pursue a degree in graphic design.

George Gemelas is graduating from Carmel High School and will be attending Yale University, where he plans to study global affairs.

Caleb Guerrero is graduating from Key Learning Community and plans to pursue a degree in multi-media production at Ball State University.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MYO Forms Partnership with Pride Academy

MYO has developed a new partnership with The Pride Academy including weekly lessons at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center. Pride Academy provides all-day childcare for children ages 0-4 and after school care for children ages 5-12 and serves underserved children in desperate need. 
One of the goals of Pride Academy is ensuring every child is equipped with the proper knowledge to begin their educational journey.
The children learn fundamentals like how to find their spot in the classroom; how to listen and follow instructions; how to stand; how to hold their instrument and move their bow; rhythm through nursery rhymes and other simple activities; interaction; as well as patience, respect, and self confidence.  In addition to the weekly lessons, Pride Academy staff incorporated music time into their daily curriculum.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Play-A-Thon 2013!

We had such a great turnout this year at Play-A-Thon 2013! Over 500 students, musicians, parents, and members of the community came out to watch some of our very own perform at the McDonald's in Broad Ripple.

Check out some of the pictures from Play-A-Thon!