HYP Trip 2022!

We are excited to announce that the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic will be competing in the Music In The Parks Festival at Kentucky Kingdom on Saturday, May 21st!
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Important Dates to Remember:
  • February 9    Commitment form and parent consent form with parent signature and $20 due. Payment may be cash or check made out to HYP. Students give forms and payment to Ms. E during Orchestra.
  • February 23rd   Final payment of $50 due to Ms. E during Orchestra.
We will leave early on May 21st and return to Bloomington that night.
This year students are not required to have earned merits in order to participate in the spring trip.
The HYP boosters have generously offered to pay for Go Express coach buses, so the student cost is quite low.
Parents who wish to drive down and see the performance are welcomed!  You may also wish to make plans to go to Kentucky Kingdom.
We are hoping all HYP students can perform and enjoy a day in the park with us!
After two years with no trip, we are overjoyed to share this memorable experience with our wonderful students!

Sign Up for Azzip Pizza “Streak Week!”

As part of our ongoing fundraiser with Azzip Pizza, they are offering a “Streak Week”:  during the week of Oct. 11-15, Azzip will give up to 25% of the total sales to HYP if we have people come in and use the key tag or code each day this week.
To make sure that we have some people going in every day, please sign up for a visit to Azzip Pizza to support HYP:

Fall Concert: Save the Date!

We are thrilled to share that the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic will make it’s first appearance at Switchyard Park for our annual Fall Concert. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair to enjoy beautiful music in this lovely outdoor venue, located on Bloomington’s south side.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7pm (students arrive 6:30pm)

Location: 1601 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47403

Rain date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7pm (students arrive 6:30pm)

*HYP musicians will need to supply their own music stand, chair, and fasteners for their sheet music such as clothes pins.

Apply Now for the Jane A Gouker Endowment Fund!

The Jane A Gouker Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County will be offering two $250 scholarships to current members of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. One scholarship will be awarded to a Bloomington HS North musician, and one to a Bloomington HS South musician. The scholarship money must be used for reasons associated with the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic. Examples would be instrument rental fees, outfit deposit fee, individual’s private lessons on an orchestral instrument, the required trip cost, etc. Awarded monies will be issued directly to the recipient’s requested need, and not to the student, or student’s family. Awarded monies will be divided into 2 payments.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 29th. Here is the link to fill out and submit your application: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeT3BIJsYb…/viewform…
For application or scholarship questions please email: moc.liamgnull@pihsralohcswodnegaj

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.