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Music lovers can enjoy the final performance of the season from
some of Douglas County’s youngest musicians courtesy of the Douglas
County Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra presents its spring concert, titled “Tango in the
Spring” featuring a special performance of an award-winning piece
by local composer Susan Day.
Day hails from Littleton but spent years honing her musical
talents as a teacher at Cresthill Middle and Eagle Ridge Elementary
schools, both in Highlands Ranch.
A lifelong musician, Day began seriously composing her own music
in 1994, when she retired from the high school classroom and found
herself with more time on her hands.
With the help of a digital piano and her computer-savvy son, she
has since composed a number of pieces, including “Tango D’Amour” a
piece that in 2006 won the coveted Texas Orchestra Director’s
Association Composition Contest.
It was Day’s seventh entry in the contest over a period of 12
years and is one of two pieces that will be featured in a joint
performance from the youth orchestra’s junior symphony and chamber
The junior symphony comprises younger performers with about
three year’s of experience and the chamber orchestra features the
more advanced performers between grades eight and 12, said Cheryl
Poules, executive director of the Douglas County Youth
The orchestra was founded in 2003 and reorganized in 2007 to
open the door of opportunity to younger musicians, Poules said. The
youngest performer in the orchestra is 10 and the oldest is about
18, in field that has nearly doubled in size since this time last
year, she said.
The increase in interest could be in part because the Douglas
County School District has discontinued most beginning instrument
instruction as part of its district-wide budget cuts, Poules
“We’re starting to notice an increase in auditions,” she said.
“We’re expanding our program next year to offer group instruction
in band and orchestras.”
Poules, who also acts as the orchestra’s conductor, selected the
piece by Day after an association that began at the school
district. Day’s tango is one of several she has written and was a
good fit with the orchestra’s spring theme.
Day typically composes about three to four pieces a year in
creative bursts that she tries to capture as soon as they hit.
“It comes in spurts, it’s intense,” she said. “You have to get
it down on paper right away before you forget. It’s a
time-consuming labor of love.”
To listen to Day’s music, visit her Web site at www.smhdmusic.com.
The Douglas County Youth Orchestra’s spring performance is at 7
p.m., April 25 at New Hope Presbyterian Church at 2100 Meadows
Boulevard in Castle Rock. Admission is free and donations are
For more information call Poules at 303-941-9448 or visit the
Web site at douglascountyyouthorchestra.org.
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