Dear Friends of the Caesura Youth Orchestra,

I hope the New Year has started in a positive way for you.  We are very pleased with the progress that the students are making in the Caesura Youth Orchestra program.

On Thursday, February 5, the students will have another presentation of their music for parents at 4 PM at the Cerritos Elementary School Auditorium.  On, February 12, we will be taking a field trip with the students to play in the lobby of Glendale Memorial Hospital.

One of the benefits we provide to the students is the opportunity to see other musicians perform.  We are inviting some professional musicians to come to the class and introduce their instrument to the students.  This helps the students to have a chance to hear the various instruments before they choose the instrument they will be playing.  Here are some of the musicians that have or will be participating:

  • Dr. Luis Ziniga, one or our teachers and an adjunct professor at Cal State LA, demonstrated the soprano saxophone;
  • Dr. Ray Burkhart, composer and trumpet player, who has played for numerous motion picture sound tracks, teaches at three college campuses and performs regularly with various ensembles ( introduced the trumpet on January 23
  • Students from Glendale High School who help as mentors performed on the oboe, viola and flute.
  • Dr. Ruslan Biryukov, founder and music director of the Glendale Philharmonic, ( will introduce the cello on January 27.
  • Dr. Phoenix Delgado, from the Thornton School of Music, one of the founders of the Harmony Project (  and conductor of the New Valley Symphony will  be introducing the flute on February 3.

Another way they get to hear the instruments is through concert performances. Students and their parents were invited to attend the Glendale Philharmonic concert on January 10.  The next concert will be on Saturday, February 14 at 4 PM.  Please plan to attend this concert by GaHyun Cho.  She is a student of internationally recognized violinist Midori Gato and has won this year’s Thornton School of Music Performance and Presentation Award as the outstanding musician in the program.  The concert will be held at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 610 E. California Ave.  The concert is free to students, parents and their families.  A suggested donation of $20 per person is requested for others attending.  Parking is easily accessible at the shopping mall next to the church.

CYO will provide a Summer Music Camp.  This will run between June 8 and July 10 for four hours each day.  It will provide the opportunity for students to focus on their orchestra instrument and become part of an orchestra ensemble.  It will help them to be ready to lead various sections of the orchestra during the next school year.  If you know students from the south Glendale area, ages 8-13, who would like to participate, please have them contact Dave Ferguson immediately to be considered for participation.  Enrollment is open limited number of students.

We are grateful to the Burbank Kiwanis Club for contributing a trumpet, two clarinets, a flute and two keyboards for classroom use.  If you or others you know would like to contribute an instrument, please contact us immediately (  We are refurbishing instruments that are donated, so they will be like new for our students.  We also welcome contributions to help us refurbish the instruments and/or to help us buy new instruments.  We are happy to pick up the instruments.  We offer our thanks to others who contributed an alto sax, a tenor sax, a clarinet and a flute at the end of the year.  An anonymous donor also recently contributed a ¼ cello and a ½ cello.

We are grateful to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation for a cash grant to support the CYO and a contribution of books to provide to each student for their birthday and for incentives throughout the year. To learn about the Foundation and Ella Fitzgerald, visit

Have you visited the CYO website lately?  Check out the latest news at

Dave Ferguson, President
Caesura Youth Orchestra
818 203-2071

January Newsletter 2015 – Message from the President
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