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YTV Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is one of the 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont.  Each year a current or previous member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected for the YTV commission for the year (July through the following June). The person selected is charged with creating a small ensemble (4-6 members) and a program of original compositions/arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing, which is presented at performances, festivals and other events.

The commissioned artist selected each year is expected to have been a winner or finalist at the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest, a current or previous artist leader for the Touring Group, and has performed in Vermont as well with at least one or more of Touring Group trips (e.g. England, Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, Japan, metro New York/New Jersey).

The commissioned artist is in charge of scheduling and organizing rehearsals and working with the YTV Executive Director about progress, challenges, opportunities, etc.  The Youth Commission is designed as a next-step opportunity for young artists who have been involved with the Touring Group for a number of years, in addition to the annual contest and who shows promise as a composer/arranger/band leader.

A major emphasis for the commission is having an ensemble that represents the YTV organization as ambassadors, and availability for projects and performing opportunities, including those the full Touring Group can’t manage because of its size (25-30 members).

Here’s a video from the 2019/2020 group’s first rehearsal at the Burlington Violin Shop on 10/5/19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENhyuHHPwM.

More information about the Youth Commission from mark.sustic@gmail.com.

Individual member bios…..

Ben Munkres is a 15-year-old piano and french horn player who lives in Cornwall, Vermont. He plays piano in the Young Tradition Touring Group and plays french horn in the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

Romy Munkres lives in Cornwall, Vermont and is 17 years old. She plays violin, viola, flute, whistle, bagpipes and is currently struggling with the tenor banjo. She plays in the band Red Dog Riley, as well as Honey in the Hive and plays consistently with her brother Ben. Romy also loves to dance and knows a little bit of many styles which she does not hesitate to pull out when she does not have an instrument in hand.

Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell is a fifteen year old from Wareham, Massachusetts who plays fiddle, sings, and dances. She is part of the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group, and plays with the Cape Cod band Celtic Roots. She is an enthusiastic performer, specializing in Irish music and sean nos dance.

Abi Sandy is 18 years old and a resident of Jericho, Vermont. She sings and plays guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and piano. In addition to playing with the Youth Commission, she sings with Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont and is spending three months this spring traveling France, Italy, Ireland, and Scotland to collect tunes. If Abi could own any musical instrument, she would choose a cittern!

Hadley Stockwell is 14 years old. She plays fiddle and trumpet, and a member of both the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group and the CVU Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the variety of styles she already plays, she currently learning bluegrass!