Past Concerts and Workshops

Fall 2023 Concert 

December 10, 2023 - 5pm

South Parish Congregational Church Augusta

Spring 2023 Concert 

May 5, 2023 6:30pm

South Parish Congregational Church Augusta

and live-streamed on YouTube

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KVYS senior Breckon Davidson

from his local newspaper: the Town Line

Biographies of Graduating Seniors (Spring 2023)

Breckon Davidson, cello

Breckon played for two years in KVYO and the past two years in KVYS. He plans to enter college with a Biology major to become a doctor, then specialize in psychiatry or neurology. He's always had a great passion for music, especially classical, and loves to play famous orchestral repertoire in KVYS. He is particularly excited to be playing Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a piece he has enjoyed listening to for years. 

Aidan Montmeny, violin

Aidan started out in KVYS as principal 2nd violin in 2018, and after sharing the concertmaster role for a couple years, this year he has enjoyed mentoring his fellow musicians as concertmaster of KVYS as well as All State HS Orchestra. With several awards under his belt (Bangor Symphony HS concerto competition, Bay Chamber Young Stars of Maine prizes, Daponte String Quartet Honors), he plans to continue his musical studies at Gordon College. 

Fall 2022 KVYSO Concert


The preparatory string ensemble, Kennebec Valley Youth Orchestra conducted by Dan Keller, will perform selections from  Warlock's "Six Italian Dances", Ewazen's "Four Royal Dances", Haydn's St. Anthony Chorale and an arrangement of "Stairway to Heaven".

Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony is conducted by Jinwook Park. The young students and mentors under his baton will enthusiastically bring to life the great drama, beauty and joy of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Symphony #4.

KVYSO Spring 2022 Concert

KVYO string orchestra, conducted by Dan Keller 

KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park 

with music by Mozart and Faure

 Sophia Scheck and Aiden Montmeney, soloists 

Sunday, May 15, 2022


South Parish Congregatinal Church

August, Maine

Livestreamed at:

Biographies of Graduating Seniors (Spring 2022)

Anna Berkes, cello

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Anna Berkes spent her elementary school years in Florida where she started to play cello at the age of five. Upon moving to Maine in 2016, she began taking private lessons with Noreen Silver in Bangor. In addition, she played in the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra, moving to the Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra in the 2020-2021 season as the principal cellist. Anna earned high honors as well as numerous awards for academic excellence during her high school career, receiving an award for musical excellence in the One Act festival in Mount Blue High School in the year 2019. Upon graduating fromWinthrop High School a year early in 2021, Anna entered the University of Maine at Orono in order to earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance, becoming the principal cellist in the University of Maine Orchestra.

Additionally, Anna is a proud recipient of the Anna Bereziuk and Lindley Wood Prize for musical ensembles as a member of the JAKS quartet as well as the Summer Cello Prize in the Young Stars of Maine competition in 2021. Anna received an Honorable Mention in the Bangor Concerto Competition for High School Students in the year 2021. She has been a long-standing musician in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program for Maine Students and has also been a part of New England Music Camp (NEMC) for the summers of 2020 and 2021. In the 2021 session, she was principal cellist for the NEMC Symphony Orchestra and a semifinalist in the NEMC Concerto Competition, receiving the title “Honor Musician” at the end of her camp, awarded to her because of her expressive playing.

Anna loves learning languages and about other cultures as she is trilingual in Hungarian, English, and Spanish. She also enjoys drawing and painting, spending time with her family and pets as an avid animal lover.

Catherine Estes, violin

Catherine Estes is 17 years old and a senior in high school. She has been taking violin lessons from Linda Theriault for over 9 years but has been surrounded by music her whole life, with four older siblings practicing piano, two younger siblings humming, and family members performing in Colby chorale concerts. In addition to solo pieces and orchestral music, Catherine enjoys playing fiddle tunes. Her second favorite instrument, which she sometimes plays, is the piano, and she sings with her family on special occasions. She and her family live on a hill overlooking Messalonskee Lake and have homeschooled their whole lives. Catherine loves game nights at home and playing soccer with her friends. She is planning on studying music performance at Cedarville University in Ohio this fall.

Catherine has enjoyed participating in the Maine All State Music Festival, DaPonte String Quartet HS Workshop, Mid Maine Youth Orchestra, and various Pineland Suzuki School classes and events in addition to KVYSO, but she also loves informal chamber music weekends with her friends or jam sessions with her siblings. She has been blessed to study with Jin for the past 6 years, and she’s very thankful to him, Betsy, Lori, and everyone else who makes KVYSO possible. She’s going to miss all of her orchestra friends next year!

Anya Mazaris-Atkinson, flute

Anya is a senior attending Gorham High School. She has played the flute since the 4th grade and loves playing all different kinds of music. Anya plays in her high school’s steel band, sings as a chamber singer, and used to play in the jazz band. Anya is currently studying with Nicole Rabata. She has played in principal chairs in All-State, District 1 Festival, and Portland Youth Ensembles. She has also received awards and placed in competitions including Bay Chamber Young Prize Stars of Maine, Bangor Symphony Orchestra High School Concerto Competition, and the USM Youth Ensemble Scholarship. Anya is very excited to attend Boston University in the fall, where she will major in flute performance.

Congratulations Anya!

Joshua Rosenthal, violin

Joshua Rosenthal began his early violin studies with Suzuki teachers Kaity Newell and Betsy Kobayashi and currently studies with Lynn Chang at NEC Prep. He is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, with whom he will embark on a tour of Greece in June 2022. In addition, Rosenthal is a member of the Mozart Mentors Orchestra, is rotating concertmaster of the Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and previously served as concertmaster of the NEC Youth Symphony for the 2019-2020 season. He has appeared as a soloist with the Portland Community Orchestra and the Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and has been featured twice on NPR’s From the Top. An accomplished chamber musician, Rosenthal was the 2019 recipient of the Martin Guterman Chamber Music Scholarship at NEC and has attended the DaPonté String Quartet High School Workshop, the Bay Chamber Envision Workshop from 2016-2021, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont in the summers of 2019 and 2021 and will begin studying at Boston Conservatory in the fall of 2022. In his spare time, Rosenthal collects CDs and records, builds servers, and enjoys going on hikes.

Biographies of Soloists

Aiden Montmeney, violin

Aidan is a homeschooled junior in high school from Pownal, Maine. Coming from a highly musical family, he has been playing the violin for over 10 years, currently under the tutelage of Katherine Liccardo. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Aidan moved to Maine with his family in 2016, where they built the beautiful house they now live in with their cuddly Siberian husky. When he was 6 years old, Aidan attended a live performance featuring a violinist. He then surprised his mom by telling her he wanted to play too. In December of 2011, Aidan received his first violin for Christmas, a petite quarter size. Ten years, four private teachers, and a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears later, Aidan is planning to pursue violin as career path, after he graduates in 2023. In 2020, Aidan won the summer strings prize through Bay Chamber’s Young stars of Maine program. Later that year, he proceeded to win first place in Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition. When not immersed in musical or scholastic study, Aidan enjoys socializing in any way possible, though a good book can often arrest his attention for hours at a time.

Sophia Scheck, viola

Sophia is a sophomore at Waterville Senior High School. She started violin lessons at the age of 4 and tried other instruments including cello and piano. For several years, she studied violin and viola with Pineland Suzuki School under Joanna Nelson and Betsy Kobayashi. Her current instructors are Colin Wheatley for viola and Sophie Davis for violin. Over the past few years, she has won several awards, the most recent being the Anna Bereziuk and Lindley Wood Prize for Ensemble Endeavors as a violist in the JAKS quartet through Bay Chamber’s Young Stars of Maine program. Sophia plays in many ensembles for weddings, funerals, and other gigs.  She is violist in the Pineland Suzuki School quartet, violinist and violist in Capital Strings as well as principal violist of the Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony. Sophia enjoys playing some solo repertoire on her violin.  However, her passion lies with the sound of the viola.   Attending concerts, both as a participant and viewer has inspired her to become the best musician that she can be.  In her free time, some of her other favorite things include playing soccer and snuggling with her cat and dog.

KVYSO Fall 2021 Concerts

KVYO string orchestra, conducted by Dan Keller 

KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park 

 Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and orchestra with Josh Rosenthal, Catherine Estes, Sophia Scheck, and Anna Berkes, soloists.  

Mozart's Symphony #40

Recorded in front of a live audience December 2021

KVYSO Spring 2021 Concerts

Part 1

KVYO string orchestra, conducted by Dan Keller plays Vivaldi and Game of Thrones.

KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park performs Tchaikovsky and Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons with Catherine Estes and Aidan Montmeny, soloists.  

Part 2

KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park performs  Bach's Badinerie, with KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park performs  Bach's Badinerie, with Kai Gillespie, flute solo, Autumn and Winter from The Four Seasons with Sophia Scheck and Joshua Rosenthal, soloists, and John Ireland's Downland Suite.

Recorded May 2021

KVYSO Fall 2020 Concerts

Youth Symphony (advanced orchestra)

Pavanne (Gabriel Faure) recorded October 2020

Pieces by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Janacek recorded November 2020

Youth Orchestra (intermediate orchestra)

Recorded November 2020

Making beautiful music while staying safe

KVYO (left) and KVYSO (below) rehearse with safety in mind! Each student has their own stand, and all are wearing masks and fans in the windows provide ventilation.

KVYS is rehearsing for a concert that includes virtual wind players. Musicians are recording the views from their stands for Faure's Pavanne.

Thank you to our 2019-2020 sponsors! We are grateful for Grant Support from the Elsie and William Viles Foundation and from the Maine Arts Commission and to Concert Sponsors McKee Law and U Maine Augusta!

Spring 2020 Virtual KVYSO Concert

Intermezzo from "Cavalleria rustica" by Pietro Mascagni

Watch on Youtube

Sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission

Winter 2020 Strings Festival

On February 8, 2020

6th-12th Grade Strings and Wind Players from Central Maine
Participated to a FREE workshop
Organized by the Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras
Featuring Conductor Jinwook Park of Colby College

It included
Elective Master Class ($20 fee per student)
Symphony Orchestra - sectionals and rehearsals
Festival culminated with festival-wide performance conducted by Jinwook Park

Sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission


December 1, 2019 


Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Overture to Mozart's Magic Flute

Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto
featuring Soloist Jean Huang

and music by Brahms and Vivaldi

Conducted by Jinwook Park 

and Daniel Keller

Watch the entire concert here.


Vivaldi's Gloria with Coda Chorus and
Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony
May 4th at 7pm at Hope Baptist Church

Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras
Spring Performance
with Coda Chorus
May 7th at 7pm at Hope Baptist Church

Here's part of the 3rd movement of Schubert's Symphony #4, which features the KVYS (advanced orchestra) at the May 7th concert.

Special thanks to our 2018 Fall Concert Sponsors:

Special thanks tor our 2019 Spring Concert sponsors:


Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras

December 9th at 7pm at Hall-Dale High School

Here's part of Beethoven's No. 1, which was our featured full-length work of the KVYS (advanced orchestra) at the December concert.

Here's "The Jester," from Eric Ewazen's Four Royal Dances that were the centerpiece for the KVYO (intermediate orchestra) concert.

Thank you to all who attended our first concert and supported KVYSO!  

Photos, Video available on Facebook.