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April 09, 2019

Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Presents Final Concert of the 2018-2019 Season

The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony (SAYS) will be performing on April 14th at 3:00 pm at the Howards Grove Center for the Arts. The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony features the Sinfonia and Concert Orchestras. The SAYS Concert Orchestra is directed by Jeremiah Eis and SAYS Sinfonia is led by director Fabian Qamar.

Fabian Qamar headshot 2017Qamar explained, “In celebration of our long-awaited spring, Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Sinfonia will perform selections that will take listeners on a journey from the ancient snows and mountains of Eastern Europe, down a breathtaking waterfall of the Pacific Coast, and finally into the warmth of that great ocean itself. Along the way, the audience will be able to taste the colorful orchestrations of Rimsky-Korsakov and his student Ippolitov-Ivanov, and to feel the joyful rhythms of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music from Moana.” 

Sinfonia’s varied repertoire includes Rimsky-Korskov’s Dance of the Tumblers, Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Procession from “Caucasian Sketches,” Ford’s Shannon Falls from “Sea to Sky,” The Water is Wide, Arranged by James D. Ployhar, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music from “Moana.”

Eis, Concert Orchestra Director, stated, “The Concert Orchestra will be opening their portion of the concert with an overture from Verdi’s opera, Nabucco, and a rousing medley of Duke Ellington favorites. This performance will also feature one of the winners of the SAYS Young Musician Competition, oboist Ellen Froelich (Howards Grove High School), performing a movement from Cimarosa’s Oboe Concerto in C Major.”Jeremiah Eis

Another orchestral standard on the program will be Aaron Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody, which is based on the shaker tune Simple Gifts. “This work contains a plethora of solo lines, making it an ideal fit for our orchestra,” Eis said.

The Concert Orchestra will conclude their season with a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean, and a combined selection with the Lakeshore Youth Chorale Chamber Choir. They will be performing John Williams’ “Dry Your Tears, Afrika,” from the 1997 movie, Amistad. When asked about the performance, Eis stated, “This will definitely be one of the most memorable concerts I will have ever conducted. We have a wide variety of repertoire, a terrific soloist, and a wonderful collaboration with the Lakeshore Youth Chorale.”

Eis, SAYS Concert Orchestra Director, is Conductor of the N.E.W. Wind Symphony, Music Director of the Manitowoc Marine Band, Band Director at Xavier Middle School (Appleton), and Adjunct Instructor at St. Norbert College (DePere).  Eis received his Master of Music from UW-Milwaukee and Bachelor of Music degree from St. Norbert College. A member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Eis serves as Staff Sergeant, Squad Leader, Assistant Conductor, and Unit Career Counselor with the 132nd Army Band.

Sinfonia Director, Qamar, is director of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Chorus, serves as assistant director of music and principal organist at St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee and specializes in strings, voice, and piano as a private music instructor. A graduate of Lakeland University, he holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UW - Madison.

SAYS was established to provide an enriching musical experience for Sheboygan area young musicians that augments the musical offerings of area schools with additional instruction and performance opportunities. The Orchestra is proudly co-sponsored by the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and the Sheboygan Area School District.  SAYS is a full orchestra comprised of 106 students from 19 Sheboygan county communities and 29 schools.  There are 59 students in Concert Orchestra and 45 students in Sinfonia who will perform 3 public concerts and educational concert tours this season.



  1. The concert is April 14, 2019 at 3:00 at the Howard’s Grove Center for the Arts.
  2. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors
  3. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert
  4. For more information on the Sheboygan Symphony please call 920-452-1985 or visit us at www.sheboygansymphony.org
  5. Spring auditions for the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia will take place April 25 and 26 from 4:30 - 9:30 pm and April 27 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at South High at 3128 South 12th Street in Sheboygan

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