Peer to Peer

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In a recent blog post I talked about the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra program Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer. YO cellist Julie Holzen–moving into her college life at Oberlin this week–and Lutheran High North student Tieryn Minor piloted the program during the 15/16 season. Videographer Nicola Muscroft spent some time with them this spring and produced this video.

Togetherness

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In March St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra cellist Julie Holzen wrote a Playbill article about her experience as a musical mentor to Tieryn Minor, a freshman at Lutheran North High School and a member of an IN UNISON Church.  Holzen and Minor practiced together. Holzen shared her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. Minor took the stage with the YO in rehearsals and performed on the February On Stage at Powell Concert. You can read Julie’s article here, which gives her insights into the first year pilot of the YO’s Mentoring the Music: Peer-to-Peer program.

Left to right: Tieryn Minor, Melissa Brooks and Julie Holzen
Left to right: Tieryn Minor, Melissa Brooks and Julie Holzen

Julie is going on to her first semester at Oberlin this fall. She, Tieryn, and STL Symphony Associate Principal Cello Melissa Brooks got together for some work in the Powell Hall Green Room the other day. Afterward, Melissa was effusive about the program and about Tieryn’s music-making. Tieryn’s eager for her next YO Peer-to-Peer Mentor in the coming season.

You get people who care about people and who care about music, put them together, you find stories to live on.