Neighbors: Opportunity knocks for area’s young musicians

Hello neighbor.

Today, I’d like to speak to some of my younger neighbors, who also happen to be budding musicians.

If you are thinking about auditioning for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra this year, you might want to consider attending the audition preparation workshop at Artspace Community Arts Center at 15 Mill St. in Greenfield next week. The workshop will be held Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Having played the saxophone in my younger years, and sometimes before large audiences, I know it can be nerve-wracking. But I’m guessing the workshop will be a good way to help you become more comfortable, and more successful in your auditions.

Jonathan Brennand will be the director of the PVS Youth Orchestra, which will perform twice during its inaugural 2013-2014 season. The inaugural concert will be in December at Greenfield Middle School, and there will be another concert in the spring.

The orchestra is looking for youths 18 years old or younger, who play string, wind, brass, percussion, keyboards and harp.

I’m told auditions will be held Sept. 8 and rehearsals will begin Sept. 21 and run every Saturday afternoon through the fall. Then, there will be a break and they will begin again in January 2014.

The audition fee is $20 and tuition for the season is $200 — you may apply for financial assistance, if chosen for the orchestra.

For more information about the workshop, which costs $110 to attend, call 413-772-6811.

For more information about PVSYO, visit:

Practice away, and good luck to all.

Now, to the week ahead:

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET A SOLDIER fighting to preserve the Union, while learning more about the Civil War? Well, you’re in luck. Re-enactor Guy Moran, who will be fully uniformed and equipped, will present an historical program, “A Union Infantryman in the Civil War,” at the Old Academy Building in New Salem today at 7 p.m. He will discuss uniforms, equipment, weapons and tactics of the soldiers who fought in that war. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR INTERESTING OR VALUABLE TREASURES? The Ashfield Community Hall (old grange) at 521 Main St. in Ashfield will host an auction on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. with Michael Skalski auctioneering. There will be a preview from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

For more information, call 413-834-2465.

IF YOU LOVE FLOWERS, you might want to join the Blossom Brigade, which weeds and deadheads the beds along the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. The group does this from April until the end of October. You will work under the guidance of the head gardener and her assistant.

The Blossom Brigade goes into action every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. Volunteers may just show up, or you can call Joanie at 413-522-7351.

Happy gardening in a beautiful spot!

JUST A REMINDER that Anne Marwick is looking for unused, nonreligious greeting cards from you, as she has for so many years. She needs close to 4,000, so just come to The Recorder and drop them off to me and I’ll get them to her. She and her husband will be getting them signed by local students and adults and will send them to the Wounded Warrior Battalion.

I’m sure our soldiers appreciate and enjoy them, so “thank you” in advance.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You may also call 413-388-6950. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: Please send information by noon two business days before you want it to run.

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