Wednesday, July 15, 2009

East Valley Youth Symphony
announces addition of bell choir

The East Valley Youth Symphony continues to grow despite tough odds at their founding four years ago. And now the EVYS is adding a bell choir to the group. The bell choir will be led by local favorite Rosanne Tidwell, a newly hired, talented, youth director.

The EVYS has raised over $10,000 in order to purchase their own set of hand bells to make adding the bell choir possible. They are grateful for the generous support of the surrounding community. Sherri Gurr of EVYS said, “It’s gratifying to know that our community recognizes the importance of the arts. An organized and challenging music program helps give kids structured opportunities to progress musically and have fun.”

EVYS suggested that the decision to add Rosanne Tidwell to the group was based on her ability to bring a positive approach to creating excellent music as well as her talent for bringing out the best in talented youth.

Following are several noteworthy projects Rosanne Tidwell successfully directed in the course of her career:

-Several shows for Gilbert Fine Arts Association
-Youth choir CD production projects
-Broadway’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at ASU’s Grady Gammage
-Summer Musical Theater Workshop for Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) for 19 years
-Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant “Jesus The Christ” for 7 years

To be part of the East Valley Bell Ringers you must have two years of musical experience. This can include piano lessons or choir. The ages can range from 9 years old through high school.

The East Valley Youth Symphony has three levels of orchestra, including a full symphony with winds, brass, and percussion. For orchestra auditions, the ages are elementary school through high school.

All groups meet on Thursdays during the school year at Elliot and Greenfield. Auditions will be held August 20-22, 2009. For more information or to get an audition form please visit

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