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Youth Orchestra Makes Some Noise in Pittsburgh

The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra provides high level training and performance opportunities for musically talented symphonic players ages 10-18.

Liam Brusoski kind of can't stop smiling when you ask him about why he auditioned for Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras and what he likes best about playing in it. "The level of musicianship is definitely higher," the trumpet player from Bethel Park High School told Sparkt as he and his orchestra-mates prepared for their upcoming winter concert on December 9. Not to mention the great friends he's made, and the mentors he's met as he prepares to study music education in college.

When you listen to how wonderfully these young people play, you'll know why their conductor chose such challenging repertoire -- and the title "Limitless" for their concert!

"TRYPO" as the orchestra is often called, was founded in 1974 as a youth training orchestra, and has grown over the years, establishing a "Symphonette" orchestra for younger players ages 10-15, while continuing to raise the bar on the Young Peoples Orchestra or YPO, a full symphonic orchestra for high-school age musicians.

Emma Chothani, a cellist and junior from Mount Lebanon High School, is in her 4th year with the group. "I joined because I've been playing cello since I was in 3rd grade and I wanted more of a challenge than my school orchestra," explained Emma, who along with Liam also enjoys the friendships she's made with other players.

TRYPO's new conductor, Brian Worsdale is impressed by what the students have accomplished in his short time in Pittsburgh. "They play at such a high level. They're so involved in other activities and they find the time to bring their art on Saturday (rehearsal day), when they could be hanging out and enjoying downtime," said Worsdale. He's also impressed "that they can learn the kind of programming that we're putting in front of them."

"They're into the music and they're excited about it!" Brian Worsdale, TRYPO Conductor

While they do perform high-level, classic symphonic works, TRYPO also has fun with pieces like a selection from the movie "E.T." which will be performed at the "Limitless" concert. The group also travels. Last summer they toured central Europe, including a concert in Dvorak Hall in Prague, and in 2015 they performed in New York City.

If you'd like to hear them for yourself, check out their website for upcoming performances, including a major choral work in partnership with Pittsburgh Youth Chorus in the spring.

If you know a young musician who's up for a new challenge, encourage them to audition for the group . Or if you're just someone who likes to support young people making music, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteering or supporting TRYPO financially .

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