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Minutes of Y's Men Meeting of May 11, 2017

Staples’ Chamber Orchestra Directed by Adele Cutrali-Valovich

Following the concert by the orchestra, Adele Cutrali-Valovich answered some questions.

Q.  What do you do when you encounter a bad student with no talent?

A.  I have never encountered such a student.  Students do bloom at different times so one may be weak at the year’s beginning and finish strong.

Q.  Does Staples supply the instruments?

A.  No.  Most students enter into a rent/own program where they pay rent for some period and then own the instrument.

Q.  How many of the 175 string playing students audition for the orchestra?

A.  Roughly half are accepted.

Q.  Are students encouraged to do things outside of school?

A.  We don’t discourage it, but they are so busy it is difficult.  They are all AP students.

Q.  How can we expand the classical music audiences?

A.  We do our part by making our students consumers of classical music.

Q.  Do many of your students speak foreign languages?

A.  Many of our students study dual languages.  Chinese is very popular.

Q.  How many of your students come from musical families?

A.  Many have parents that play musical instruments, but very few come from professional music families.

Q.  Does the instrument composition of your group vary with the talent?

A.  Yes.  It tends to shift among the instruments.

Q.  How many of your students go on to musical careers?

A.  Very few.  Maybe 2 or 3.  We don’t encourage it because it is such a difficult career path.

Q.  How many of your students go on to play in college?

A.  About 90%.