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Detroit, (Feb. 15, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) and Save Our Symphony (SOS) have announced a six-day intensive summer experience for young musicians ages 14-18, who will have the opportunity to train with DSO musicians. Avanti Summer MusicFest is scheduled for July 16-21, 2012 at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, Mich. and will culminate in a live student performance on the world-renowned stage at historic Orchestra Hall.

“Avanti is yet another example of the progressive way in which all the components of the DSO are uniting. This initiative, coming from the musicians, shows how much all of us care about the musical education of our city’s young people,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “With coaching, master classes, sectional rehearsals and performances, I believe that we are truly paving a path to the future.”

Open to 140 students, the program is composed of a band and an orchestra, in which students will rehearse two hours each day.  Students will spend an additional two hours daily in small sectionals led by DSO musicians on their respective instruments.

Kevin Good, a 33-year veteran trumpeter with the DSO said, “This provides a much-needed local camp for music students during the summer break. We’re excited about reaching young performers who have had little to no experience with the DSO, but who have studied music in their schools and want to take it to another level.”  

Open enrollment for Avanti’s workshop is currently underway and will close as each instrument section is filled.  Tuition for the workshop is $300. Interested parents, students or teachers can visit to download application forms. Applications must be fully completed and will be considered in the order in which they are received. DSO musicians contributed $5,000 to help with financial aid to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

SOS President Judy Doyle said, “This project is a demonstration of the different parties within the DSO and the community coming together, working collaboratively, respectfully and admiring what each party brings to the table.  By partnering with the community on this pilot, the musicians and the DSO created a new and fresh model for connecting with its public.”   The success of Avanti this July will lay the foundation for future summer festival workshops and concerts along with additional partnership opportunities between the MDSO, the DSO and the community.

Donors wishing to participate in funding the workshop or financial aid will find more information at by calling 313-530-5118.



Kevin Good, (248) 909-9656,

Charles Burke, (313) 576-5599,

Judy Doyle, (248) 514-1897,





Detroit – Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are once again bringing the gift of music to those less fortunate this holiday season.  The musicians will be performing seasonal favorites at three locations: 

1)    Monday, Dec. 5 at 2pm, the DSO Bassoon Quartet will perform at the Tumaini Center ( 3430 Third Ave.). 

2)    Monday, Dec. 12 at 2pm, Cut Time Players will perform at the Mariners Inn (445 Ledyard 
at Cass). 

3)    Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5pm, the DSO Brass Quintet will perform at the Ruth Ellis Center (377 Victor Street, Highland Park).

The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed at these same shelters as part of their ongoing series of concerts during the six-month strike. The DSO and its musicians are now back to work and busy with a full schedule of holiday concerts, but the musicians are pleased to be continuing these appearances as well. “We want to give something back to our city, and many of these people have never heard the DSO before. It’s nice to brighten their day a little,” said DSO hornist Bryan Kennedy.

“Last year, we had people singing, clapping, and dancing in the aisles” recalled Rick Robinson, DSO Bassist, and founder of Cut Time Players, one of the performing groups.

Every year at this time, the MDSO also donates $1,000 to COTS and $1,000 to St Patrick’s Church. 



CONTACT:   Kevin Good
, MDSO spokesperson, 248-909-9656,



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