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Youth Symphony Orchestra Shines At Spring Concert

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JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -

The Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra concluded their 57th season at the Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church with their Spring Concert this Sunday. Over 100 elementary, middle, and high school students performed the works of Beethoven, Wagner, and Verdi.

The students performing for the full house prepared three months in advance for the concert. Barry Peters, who has directed the Binghamton Youth Symphony for 21 years, said he had full confidence in his students and looks forward to practicing with them every Sunday.

“They’re great. They’re really gregarious. They’re friendly, they’re very caring. They like each other. Sunday afternoon for me is a highlight of the week.” - Barry Peters, Director of Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Youth Symphony draws students from all over Broome and Tioga County, but some hail from Pennsylvania. Students are selected after a thorough audition process.

“Music enriches their lives. For a lot of these kids, this is the most important thing they do. There is a big cultural advantage to playing music.” - Barry Peters