The HYP In Action

During the school year, we have many performances and fundraising events happening.

Take a look below to see us what we've been up to!

String Spectacular 2019

The annual HYP/elementary/middle school String Spectacular concert was held January 15, 2019,in the BHS North gym. In keeping with tradition, HYP families treated guests afterwards with punch and cookies. Ms. Gouker, Mr. Hansen and students representing the orchestras spoke to the audience in between pieces that ranged from “Hot Cross Buns” to Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”. The concert drew to a beautiful close with all the ensembles performing together Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Many thanks to all the students, teachers, administration, and families who make this annual event possible.

Holiday Concert 2018

The combined MCCSC middle school orchestras joined the HYP for a wonderful night of music and fun in the Bloomington South auditorium on Dec. 12, 2018. The second violins were the winners of this year’s HYP skit contest with their cowbell skit. Happy holidays!

Night of Dance 2018 photo gallery

Night of Dance 2018

This year’s HYP Night of Dance will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30-10PM in the Bloomington North cafeteria. What is Night of Dance? Night of Dance is an evening where the HYP plays a variety of dance music; seniors are recognized; fancy desserts, snacks, drinks and coffee are served (concessions). The lights are low and the cafeteria is decorated, complete with a mirror ball, for dancing. This year, the JAG Endowment Scholarship Winners will be announced! HYP alums also attend this concert and “bump” a current player and join the orchestra in playing one of their favorites. Don’t forget to bring a little extra spending money for concessions, HYP gear, and grocery cards and Scrip cards. The public is invited. Tickets are $8 and are available from HYP members or at the door.

Outfit Distribution and Instructions

It’s HYP outfit distribution time! Below are two options for picking up orchestra outfits. Students will need this outfit for their first dress rehearsal this month, Wednesday, September 26th, so it is very important that these are picked up on one of the two dates below. Students do not need to be present to pick up outfits. A friend or family member can pick them up. If you haven’t paid the one-time $100 outfit fee please bring a check made out to HYP or cash with exact change.

2018-2019 HYP outfit distribution

  • Monday, September 17th, in the Bloomington South Orchestra room (enter south door 22 near football field) from 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, September 19th in the Bloomington South Orchestra room from 3-5pm

Upon receiving your outfit, ​please try on all pieces to check for proper fit, ​including your polo shirt. Cummerbunds, bow ties and pants waists are adjustable. Pant length, jacket sleeve length, skirt length can be altered, but please do not cut off material or use iron-on hem tape. Please contact someone from the outfit committee as soon as possible to let us know about any issues you are having with your outfit.

Studding Your Tuxedo Shirt ​(Tuxedo shirts have been pre-studded)
Shirts have specially designed stud holes and you’ll find them located right next to the button. Studs should be worn in the first 3 or 4 holes of your shirt, not including the collar button. Each stud should first be fed through the back stud hole on the shirt. Ignore the pearl button that may be present on your shirt. It is not needed if studs are worn. With the stud acting as a button, feed it through the front button hole in the shirt. This will secure the shirt front closed. ​Please remove studs before washing or dry cleaning.

Outfit Care and Cleaning
Skirt/Top​: ​Tops and skirts should be machine washed warm, no bleach, and tumbled dry low after each use. Cool iron as necessary. ​Skirt and top need to be dry cleaned once at the end of the year before turning in your outfit.
Tux:​ Shirts should be washed or dry cleaned after every performance. Jacket and pants should be dry cleaned 2-3 times per year. ​Shirt, jacket and pants need to be dry cleaned at the end of the year before turning in your outfit. Bowties and cummerbunds should not be washed but can be dry cleaned as needed.

For questions or assistance with alterations please contact outfit committee members:
Marcia Campbell
Kelly Stegemoller

Fourth Street Arts Festival Performance

Members of HYP performed to a standing ovation at Bloomington’s Fourth Street Arts Festival on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

North and South Open Houses

Bloomington High Schools North and South will both host open houses on August 27th where attendees will be able to hear orchestra members at the two schools.

  • Bloomington North Orchestra Performance: August 27, 2018, 5:30PM, North Commons
  • Bloomington South Orchestra Performance: August 27, 2018, 6:30PM, South Atrium

2018 Welcome Dessert

Each year the HYP hosts a welcome dessert for incoming families.  This year’s welcome dessert will be August 9th in the Bloomington High School South cafeteria at 6pm. All HYP families are invited.  Mr. Hansen and many HYP booster chairs will be present to give information and answer questions about the program and the coming year. Families will have the opportunity to sign up for fundraising events, and students who have not yet been measured for outfits will have the opportunity to do so at the event.  Returning HYP families are asked to bring a dessert to share.

HYP Alum Nominated for Grammy!

The Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, the Jane A Gouker Endowment group, and the MCCSC string program congratulate our own Sara Caswell, violinist, on her Grammy nomination!

Sara has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for her performance on “Can’t Remember Why”, a track from the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge album “Whispers on the Wind”, released in September.   Sara has been a performer in groups previously nominated for a Grammy, but this is her first time nominated as a solo artist.  Now residing in New York City, she has already had a storied and incredibly active career with over 100 honors and accolades.  What makes this nomination all the more impressive is it is thought to be the very first for a female solo jazz artist, and the first for a violin solo in jazz.

Sara is an alumna of our MCCSC orchestra program, having been in our orchestras through Tri North Middle School and Bloomington HS North, and in turn a member of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic.  She was concertmaster of the BHSN Orchestra and HYP through her high school years, graduating in 1996.  Not only did she earn the National School Orchestra Award, but she was also honored by having an award created that bears her own name, the “Sara Carls Caswell Award”.  This award is a highly unusual honor bestowed on a BHSN senior who, because of such amazing ability, single-handedly promoted the MCCSC Orchestra program – as Sara surely did! – and is still doing!!

Sara attended Indiana University under a full scholarship as a Wells Scholar, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction and an Artist’s Diploma in both violin performance and jazz studies.  She earned her Master of Music degree in jazz violin at Manhattan School of Music in 2006, where she is now a part of their faculty.  Sara is also on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music, besides her constant full calendar of performances in both jazz and classical music.  She has been selected as a “Rising Star” in DownBeat Magazine polls every year since 2013.

We are so proud of Sara and we congratulate her!  Her parents, Dr. Austin (now deceased) and Judy Caswell, have been loyal supporters of our program all these years.  Sister Rachel, jazz vocalist, (also an alumna of our string program in cello), performs with Sara, and individually, quite regularly around the U. S., and frequently can be heard in Bloomington.