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Meet CSYO Member Brandon Castillo

 The 27th Annual Youth Festival takes place on April 23. The festival will feature separate performances by the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (grades 8-12) and Junior Youth Orchestra (grades 4-9), as well as the winner of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte's Young Artist Competition.
 
Meet Brandon Castillo, a senior at W.A. Hough High School. He started playing the viola in fifth grade.  Brandon was recently interviewed for Corneilus Life and here's what he had to say about his musical experiences.

 
With help from Frank Albert, owner of Davidson Violins, and my orchestra teacher, Dr. Bill Myers, I auditioned for and made the Junior Youth Orchestra in eighth grade. I am now in my fourth year with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Being a member is an honor, and every concert we perform I am filled with pride. It has also made me a much better violist.
 
I have made CMS Honors Orchestra, Western Regional Honor's Orchestra, All-State Honor's Orchestra and All Nation Symphony Orchestra (the only musician from North Carolina). Thanks to the high level the Youth Orchestra trains us, I could count on seeing my Youth Orchestra friends when I made the Western Regional and All State orchestras. Truly, if it ware not for the CSYO, I would not be the violist I am today.
 
I have loved every second of being in the Youth Orchestra: the friends I've made, the concerts I've performed in and the memories I have. My favorite things have been our trip to D.C., the annual summer camp and the annual Youth Festival.
 
Youth Festival is always exiting. Nowhere else can I play with actual professional musicians of a major symphony orchestra! My skills always progress the most around "youth fest" because I a, anxious beforehand and always learn a few thing during the concert. One example is page turning. Last year I noticed a page-turning technique that a Charlotte Symphony musician used, turning pages with a bow so that the page turn was quick and quiet. I have used that technique ever since, and other musicians comment on how well I do it!
 
This article originally appeared in Corneilus Life, April 2014 edition. Read full story here.

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