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Its Been a Busy Summer for Youth Orchestra

July 25, 2011

07/26/11 The Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra enjoyed a very busy summer!  During their first week-long summer camp in June the beginners learned to use their bows.

July started with two symphony orchestra performances. On July 6th, a concert was given at Miller’s Assisted Living Community in Plymouth, followed by an evening outdoor concert on July 10th at beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee. The PCYO was invited to perform in Culver as special guests of the Marshall County Church Orchestra, which generously presented the PCYO with a monetary honorarium. The students performed some of their favorites including Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, “Circle of Life” and “Jurassic Park”. Thereafter the two orchestras combined and performed the exciting “Surprise Symphony”.

The month continued with a second week-long PCYO summer camp where everyone was busy learning new songs to perform at the Blueberry Festival.  After all that hard work, they gathered for a fun and refreshing lake social at Lake Latonka. The kids enjoyed hours of swimming at the beach and tubing!

Each month, a small group plays during church services throughout Plymouth. In June they played at the Church of the Brethren, in July they were guests at the First Presbyterian Church, and on August 14 they will visit the First United Methodist Church.

The PCYO will hold their third week-long summer camp August 8 – 12. Rehearsals will begin after school starting the week of August 22. For more information about the PCYO please visit their website at

July 6, 2011 – Symphony Performance at Miller’s Assisted Living Community:


Front row: Karly Gruett, Sarah Tanner, Andreya Soria, Ana Cuatlacuatl, Jenny Cuatlacuatl, Leah Smith, Katie Hickman, Tristin Pearson, Kobe Johnson

Back row: Grace Vondy, Allie Tharp, Cassie Salach, Renee Green, Addie Palmer, Avery Aquino, Gabriele Hill, Autumn Wilson, Becca Ippel, Hugh Smith

July 10,2011 – Symphony Performance w/ MCCO at Culver park:

Performance1.jpg – Cassie Salach, Avery Aquino, Leah Smith, Soren Houin, Katie Hickman

Performance2.jpg (front to back)– Tristin Pearson, Hugh Smith, Candace Thomas, Kobe Johnson, Autumn Wilson

Pcyo w mcco 4.jpg

Row 1: Gabriele Hill, Ginger Kizer

Row 2: Karly Gruett, Grace Vondy, Allie Tharp, Gabby Ruiz

Row 3: Addie Palmer, Andreya Soria, Avery Aquino, Cassie Salach, Candace Thomas, Soren Houin

Row 4: Kobe Johnson, Autumn Wilson, Leah Smith, Annette Ray (MCCO member on saxophone)

July 17, 2011 – Lake Social:

Tubing.jpg – Allie Tharp, Karly Gruett, Daniel Stauffer, Soren Houin

Beach.jpg – Kobe Johnson, Caleb Isom, Luke Ruff