The Brooklyn Youth Symphony Lab is a youth symphony in a lab environment which combines all ages, levels, styles and cultures into one ensemble - and focuses on helping participants create their own music.
BYSL is led by Doctor Christopher Kaufman. Doctor Kaufman is an award winning teaching artist and a conservatory-trained composer, conductor, teacher and concert presenter. He has worked with young people for over twenty years in many school environments and independently. He is the founder and artistic director of CHIRON Performing Arts (an evening concert series) and The Phantastic Theater - New Music and Art for Family-Based Audiences.
ENSEMBLE: Participants learn to perform as an ensemble. Rhythm, intonation and listening are learned by playing original arrangements of Classical and Jazz pieces, Doctor Kaufman’s original ‘orchestral etudes’ and ensemble games.
All backgrounds and cultural identities are welcomed.
ALL LEVELS welcome: From earliest to most advanced. Doctor Kaufman creates original arrangements such that all levels can perform together. Early and Later levels are worked with independently and brought together for the ‘Winter Concert’ (mid-December). Weekly ‘one-on-one sessions are included.
CREATIVITY: A principal element of BYSL is the encouragement of creative projects. Each participant will have the opportunity to create their own music with Doctor Kaufman’s coaching and teaching. Doctor Kaufman encourages parental participation and looks to consult with them to learn more about the players so he may better serve their creative outcomes.
CREATIVE PROJECTS can include: > Creating short pieces based on the letters of their names > ‘Environmental pieces’ - where the young composer chooses an ecological environment and writes various short pieces based on animals. > ‘Echo Bags’ - for 2500 hundred years classical music was primarily improvised. The ancient cultures (Greece and Byzantium) had ‘bags’ which included a scale pattern (which they called ‘shades’ or ‘echoes’), and melodic patterns which expressed different feeling tones: a different ‘bag’ for weddings, funerals, worship and the like. Doctor Kaufman will help participants create their own ‘echo bag’ to create a piece out of. > ‘World Music Pieces’: Doctor Kaufman has taught classes in world music for young young people and is always looking to develop pieces based on participants’ cultural heritage. > Doctor Kaufman can coach advanced players to create larger-scale works of any type they can imagine. > Doctor Kaufman will create short original pieces designed to reflect and celebrate the specific talents of the young people involved in BYSL.
All of the works are arranged and celebrated in our ‘Winter Concert’.
THEMES: Themes such as environmentalism, women’s suffrage or anything else which the student brings to the table are encouraged in their creative works. Their projects can include poetry, dance, art and whatever other art forms the participant wishes to include.
PERFORMANCE: It all comes together with the celebratory ‘Winter Concert’ held in mid-December. Parents are encouraged to participate at whatever level they wish throughout the process. In addition to 'Winter Concert', mobile smaller groups can perform around town: potentially The Brooklyn Art Museum, Libraries, Retirement Homes, and other Community Centers.
CONTACT: soundartus at gmail dot com 631-332-9858
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COSTS: $268. for one. = 12 sessions [10 labs plus Dress Rehearsal / Concert and Materials] Add’l Siblings only $49. Parent Participation Welcome and Free.
LAB SCHEDULE: Sundays: September 22 – mid-December (excepting Oct. 27th and Nov. 24th) EARLY LEVELS: Mini sessions: 1:pm - 1:45 - LAB: 1:45 – 2:30 ADVANCED LEVELS: LAB: 2:30 – 3:15. Mini sessions til 4. Labs are held in an easy access location in the Downtown Brooklyn area.
The Brooklyn Youth Symphony Lab,Brooklyn,New York- Telephone No.631-332-9858
A unique youth symphony ensemble where creativity is inspired