Fall Concert! Thursday, October 18th

Next Thursday, October 18th is the first concert of the year. The students have been working very hard and it should be a great program. A sneak peek at what you will hear is as follows:

Freshman Orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Divertimento in F: a light-hearted amusement made seriously challenging by its pristine harmonies.

Concert Orchestra: Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre: a tone poem telling the story of Death waking on Halloween to play his fiddle for dancing skeletons on the one night of the year that they emerge from their graves.

Symphony Orchestra: Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 “New World”: inspired by Dvorak’s time in America – a melding of the best of European orchestral writing with rhythmic and melodic inspiration from a new land.

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea9ab2aa13-bake

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.

Are you receiving FOGO emails?

This year FOGO switched to a new system, CHARMS, to facilitate communicating with our families. If you aren’t receiving emails, please send the following information to our Communications team.

Student name: First, Middle Initial, Last
Student grade; orchestra (A, B, C – Freshman strings)
Student mobile phone (if it is OK to send text messages); Student email address
Parent/Guardian information:
Name(s), email address(es) and mobile phone number(s) (if it’s OK to send text messages)

Orchestra A Spring Trip Parent Information Night – Monday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

Orchestra A Parents & Guardians! Come to the Choir Room while your student is rehearsing to learn all about the Spring Trip to Los Angeles.

Trip Dates: Thursday March 7th – Sunday March 10th
(plans are in place for SYSO students to return early for the Concert)

Activities: LA Philharmonic Concert plus Meet & Greet afterwards; Workshop at USC Thornton School of Music; Disneyland (and possible recording lesson)…and more!

Cost: TBD

Rachel Flamm from ACFEA Tour Consultants will be present from 6:30 – 6:55 to answer questions specific to the tour and registration.

Welcome Back BBQ (Pizza Party) – Sunday, September 23rd

Join FOGO, Mr. Kolk and all your Garfield Orchestra friends at the annual ‘Welcome Back BBQ’ (which is actually a pizza party) on Sunday, September 23rd, starting at 4 PM in the Garfield High School Orchestra Room

FOGO will provide the pizza and drinks and we ask families to bring a side dish/salad or dessert to share.

We will start the afternoon in the Orchestra room and will enjoy food and drinks outside in the courtyard. Come meet the new Garfield Orchestra Director, Bryan Kolk, learn about what’s in store for this year’s orchestras and chat with the FOGO board.

Welcome to our new Music Director, Bryan Kolk

We’d like to welcome our new Music Director, Bryan Kolk, as well as thank Kim Roy for two great years with our students!

Bryan Kolk is a music educator, conductor, and bassist from Michigan. He received a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Double Bass performance from the University of Michigan. After graduating he moved to Seattle where he served as Assistant Conductor to the Everett and Bainbridge Island Youth Symphonies, taught orchestra in the Lake Washington School District, performed as principal bass of the Northwest Symphony and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, coached the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Endangered Instrument Program, directed the JazzEd Introductory Ensemble, and managed the International Marrowstone Music Festival.

In 2013 Bryan returned to his hometown to become the Orchestra Director of Caledonia High School following the retirement of his first mentor and teacher Peter DeLille. In 2015 he became the Orchestra Director of Troy High School, a national award winning orchestral program north of Detroit. There he directed four ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra as well as the Troy High Fiddlers, in a program of 240 string players as well as a full complement of winds and brass. He remained active in the string education and outreach community, serving as Treasurer for the Michigan American String Teachers Association and Director of the Michigan Bass Fest. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Dearborn Youth Symphony, and conducted the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra and Oakland Youth Orchestras as well.
During the summers, Bryan conducts the Masterworks Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Western Michigan and has been a part of the administration of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington since 2011. Bryan is excited to be joining the lineage of fine orchestral educators at Garfield High School, upholding a long tradition of musical excellence. In his free time, he looks forward to continuing to explore the Cascades and Olympics at every opportunity with his girlfriend and puppy.
(photo by former Garfield graduate Harrison Linsey)