Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Festival

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Anderson High School Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX

The Orchestra presents three of Austin's finest youth performers in the 29th Pearl Amster Youth Concert Festival. These competition winners will amaze you with playing that is well beyond their age. We are also delighted that Austin Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Bay will conduct Beethoven's Egmont Overture. Also on the program are Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville and the sublime Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner.

Looking for more? How about an instrument petting zoo? An hour before the concert, bring your kids to try playing the instruments of the orchestra - you may play a few as well! Remember that youth 18 and under have free admittance to the concert.

Click here to read the biographies of the performers.


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News & Notes


Amplify Austin 2015

Amplify Austin 2015 is almost one week away and we need your help to make this year even better than 2014! We have just 24 hours to donate during Amplify Austin, March 5 6PM through March 6, 6PM. 

By donating to ACO through Amplify Austin, your dollars will be amplified and your giving increased through the generosity of local business partners. 
Click this link to learn more and to start your fundraising campaign today.

By giving to ACO, you'll be ensuring we will be able to continue to offer free tickets to youth 18 and under. As a direct result of your past and generous support, we are pleased to report that between 15% and 20% of our audiences are now made up of this group of new classical music aficionados! By continuing to influence the next generation, we are securing a city and a country that possess a deep appreciation and understanding of the fine arts. This cultural development will produce benefits for our community for years to come.

Here are 4 easy things you can do to help:

  1. Set your alarm to make a donation to ACO during our “Power Hour” on March 5th from 6 PM until 7 PM. A bonus is awarded every hour of Amplify Austin to the nonprofit that raises more money than any other participating nonprofit. 

  2. If you’re too busy or don’t trust your alarm, pre-schedule your donation and then just forget about it! You can go to this site, set up your donation checking the ‘Schedule for Amplify Austin Day’ box, and then relax. Your donation will automatically be made to ACO during the fundraising period.

  3. Become a fundraiser for ACO! It’s easy – just go here and click on the ‘Create a Fundraising Campaign’ box. Fill out the form and ask your family and friends to donate to ACO through your campaign. You could help win extra cash for ACO if you raise more money than the other fundraisers or if ACO has more fundraisers than the other nonprofits.

  4. Tell your family and friends that ACO is participating in Amplify Austin 2015. Ask them to please consider ACO for their tax-deductible donations. If you can get just 10 friends to commit to donating $5, we'll be well on our way to breaking our fundraising goal!

Check out our page now and help us Amplify Austin on March 5th!


2015 Amster Youth Concerto Competition Winners
Amster Winners announced!

The following Austin area youth were selected to perform with the Austin Civic Orchestra in their annual Amster Youth Concerto Festival concert on March 28 at Anderson High School. For more details on the concert, view the event page here.  For a short biography of each winner, view the Amster page here.

Grace Song - Violin
Age 17, 12th grade, Westwood High School
Teacher:  Brian Lewis and Soojin Nam
Selection:  Sibelius - Concerto in D minor, Opus 47Allegro moderato - 1st mvt

Eunice Lee - Piano
Age 15, 10th grade, Cedar Park High School
Teacher: Shearon Horton
Selection: Saint-Saëns  - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22, 1st mvt

Ben Hoang - Piano
Age 11, 6th grade, Holy Family Catholic School
Teacher: Saida Kafarova
Selection:  Grieg - Concerto in A Minor - 3rd mvt

Honorable Mention: Whitney Souery
Age 17, 11th grade, Lake Travis High School
Teacher: Delaine Leonard
Selection:  Debussy: Danse Profane


Double Take by the Austin Civic Orchestra available on iTunes and Google Play!

Do you want to listen to the best selections of the Austin Civic Orchestra? Go to iTunes or Google Play to download our Double Take album. Tracks include Beethoven, Barber, and Tchaikovsky.


Gus Sterneman New ACO Assistant Conductor
Gus Sterneman has been named the new Assistant Conductor of the Austin Civic Orchestra.  Read about Gus here.


2014 American Prize

Both the ACO and conductor Lois Ferrari have been named finalists for the 2014 American Prize! See the list of community orchestra finalists here and the list of conducting finalists here.