AAO Community Projects -2020

The Ashtabula Area Orchestra Board of Directors is hard at work, planning for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Concert Seasons. Along with ongoing fundraising efforts, we are also working on outreach to the Ashtabula area, especially to our friends and neighbors in its more economically disadvantaged and distressed urban and rural neighborhoods. We are in the process of applying for grants to underwrite year-round free orchestra and orchestra-derived solo and ensemble performances at various venues in these areas.

Although we are in residence at Ashtabula’s Lakeside Performing Arts Center, The Ashtabula Area Orchestra here to share the joy of classical and orchestral music with the entire county… from the shores of Conneaut to farm lands of Windsor. If your church, school or community organization is interested in hosting our Orchestra for a concert – it helps if you have an indoor space large enough to hold a 35-55-piece musical ensemble, complete with timpanis , or an outdoor space with a large amphitheater – please let us know.

Supporting our county’s children participating in K-12 public and private school music programs is also a big part of our mission. With that in mind, our Education committee is searching for grants and individual and corporate donations to support our proposed Ashtabula Orchestra String Project. This project, initially, would be targeted at offering 20 – 30 Ashtabula City Schools string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) students, grades 4-8, free, in-school or after-school, individual or small group lessons, taught by members of our Orchestra. Lessons would focus on improving technique and performance skills, reinforcing and supplementing lessons being taught by their outstanding teachers during regular classroom time. Our goal is to prepare string students to perform individually at the level at which they can be competitive in the annual Ohio Music Education Association District 5 Solo and Ensemble Contests. Over time, we hope to offer this program at the high school level, and have the ability to expand this program to other county school districts.

The second part of this project involves the establishment of an annual summer Ashtabula Orchestra String Boot Camp, in 2020 or 2021. This would be a 10-day intensive day-camp for string instrumentalists (beginning to intermediate level), aimed at improving technique and building a strong foundation.

Day-campers would receive private and group lessons, supervised daily practice, classes on fundamentals, scales, and etudes and take part in workshops on practice techniques. The week culminates in a solo recital program, demonstrating individual student progress and growth made during the camp.

As with the lesson program, initially, this program would target 20 – 30 string students, grades 4-8, with the idea of expanding it to grades 9 – 12, in the near future. The String Boot Camp would offer full scholarships to participating students from the Ashtabula City Schools, and students from outside the district meeting certain income levels. All students would require a letter of recommendation from one of their music teachers, in order to participate in the program.

Would you be interested in becoming a string instructor or volunteer with the Ashtabula Area Orchestra’s String Project? Message us through this website or on Facebook or Twitter… we look forward to hearing from you.

Dates for the 2020 Ashtabula Area Orchestra Holiday Concerts

Ready for Christmas and Hanukkah again? Sure,you are! Well, we now have the dates for this year’s Holiday Concerts. The Ashtabula Area Orchestra will be performing Saturday, December 5, 7 pm at our home base, the Lakeside Performing Arts Center , and Sunday, December 6, at a site to be determined later this year. As always, we try to reach out to all of our Ashtabula County communities, so this year, we most likely will be performing in South County again. Keep checking back for updates on these and other AAO concerts.

A Wonderful Holiday Concert Weekend!

The Ashtabula Area Orchestra Board of Directors would like to thank all of the musicians, staff members, volunteers and audience members who helped make each of our weekend Holiday Concerts at Lakeside and Geneva a very fun and exciting experience. We were honored to see so many smiling faces, young and old, at Geneva High…. this was our first time performing there. We hope to return to ‘Genevaland’ to perform again, soon. And a special thanks to all who took part in our raffles and made so many generous donations to the Orchestra fund. Many hours of practice and behind-the-scenes planning (and prayer!) go into presenting concerts such as these, but we could not do any of this without the financial support of music lovers, like you. Thank you so much for your support – we hope to bring you more Ashtabula Area Orchestra concerts, in 2020.

Make sure to check in, over the next few days, when we will be posting tons of photos, video and concert audio recorded by our Board member, photographer/videographer and audio recording engineer, David Walker. These photos were taken, Sunday, by our newest board member, Dr. Irene Fiana. The merry one with the long white beard is Santa, AKA AAO volunteer Michael Lawrence, a fabulous student at Lakeside High School.

This #GivingTuesday , Donate to the Ashtabula Area Orchestra @Facebook.com/AshtabulaOrchestra

For 37 years, The Ashtabula Area Orchestra has been a labor of love, bringing the sounds of classical and orchestral music to Ohio’s largest county. Our volunteer, community orchestra exists because of the generous financial support of music-loving people, just like you. This #GivingTuesday , keep the AAO going strong into the 2020’s.

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ASHTABULAORCHESTRA.com is Back!

It’s been a long, hard-fought battle, but we FINALLY got our domain, AshtabulaOrchestra.com , back in our musical little hands. For a while, it was pointing to a very strange Japanese site, selling, who knows what, but now we have regained control of our domain and we’re ready to spread the word once again about our fabulous organization.

Please, spend some time and look around our site. We’re still building out the website and are open to ideas for new pages. For example, someone suggested doing profiles on our individual musicians – I think that would be a great way for our extended online community to get to know us better. And it would be great for building a sense of community within our orchestra.

We’re also seeking photos for our online gallery – concerts, rehearsals, etc. Of particular interest are historical photos of AAO performances pre-2010. We used to have a large collection of these, however they were lost after one of our board members passed away. Photos can be emailed to Orchestra@mediamagicohio.com ,

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The Holiday Concert Tickets are Here!

Aren’t they lovely? Puts me right in the Christmas spirit. The 2019 Ashtabula Area Orchestra tickets have arrived. If you would like to have some reserved for you, please contact us on the comments below, on our Facebook page @AshtabulaOrchestra or leave a message at our friends at Media Magic : 440-294-2431. We’ll have them at the ticket table for you.

Ticket prices are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $6 Students and 5 and under are Free. This is a family-friendly event! If you or someone you know would like to attend, but cannot afford it, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to attend one of the concerts.

See you in December!

Get Noticed! Advertise in our Holiday Concert Program

Get terrific exposure for your business or organization, while supporting Ashtabula’s community orchestra. Purchase an ad in our Concert Program Booklet. Through the generosity of the Ashtabula Area City Schools’ Board of Education, we are granted rehearsal space at Lakeside High School, but we must cover all other operational costs through support from patrons, grants, fundraisers, orchestra members and area advertisers, such as you.

Your advertisement in our Concert Program Booklet will be seen by all attending our upcoming concerts. Our ad rates accommodate all budgets, large and small. Ad cost includes preparation of camera-ready art , which can be submitted as a high-resolution electronic jpeg, tif or pdf file. Electronic files can be emailed to AshtabulaOrchestra@gmail.com . For more information on placing an ad in our Concert Program Booklet, call Debbie Laveck today at 440.813-1362 and check olut our Ad Rate Sheet page. We thank you in advance for supporting your hometown symphony orchestra.

We’re Getting Ready for the 2019 Holiday Concerts!

2017 AAO Ugly Sweater Contest Fashionistas

It’s time to rosin up the bow and empty out the spit valves, players! The first rehearsal for the 2019 Ashtabula Area Orchestra Holiday Concerts is just one month away. This year’s performances will be Saturday, December 7 at 7pm at home at Lakeside high School’s Performing Arts Center and Sunday, December 8 at 3pm at the Geneva High School Auditorium. We are so excited – this is the first year AAO will be performing in Geneva, Ohio. We are making a major effort to bring our orchestra to audiences in all parts of Ashtabula County and our surrounding region. Last December, the Orchestra was thrilled to receive a warm and enthusiastic reception from the good folks at Jefferson High School, and, we intend to return there, in the near future.

Rehearsal Schedule: The three 2019 Holiday Concert rehearsals will be held at Lakeside, Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5 at 6:30pm (arrive between 6 and 6:15, so we are ready to play at 6:30) and dress rehearsal, Saturday the 7th at 4pm (same deal, be ready to play at 4pm). Sunday, we won’t have much time before the concert, so we most likely will just warm up on a couple of pieces.

Concert dress, as usual, is all black for women, men, black suits or tuxes.

We’re going to try to sneak in another Ugly Sweather Contest during the break in Friday’s rehearsal, but I promised Tim we would not take up too much time. So find that hideous sweater that Aunt Mabel gave you and strut your stuff on Friday! Silly prizes will be awarded…

We hope you enjoy this new website. Please leave your comments and suggestions. We hope to feature a different orchestra member each month, so the community can get to know our fine players, so please submit a short bio and a photo of yourself (and your instrument, if possible) to orchestra@mediamagicohio.com .