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From the Studio: Spokane Youth Symphony and Spokane Area Youth Choirs

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It was a busy Friday morning of interviews in the KPBX studio.  To start off, Verne chatted with Phil Baldwin, who is the conductor of the Spokane Youth Symphony.  Phil talked about the upcoming youth orchestra season, including their opening concert on Sunday, November 6th at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.  The Spokane Youth Symphony is the top high school youth orchestra in Spokane, but there are three other groups for varying ages and levels of young orchestral musicians.  Dr. Roberta Bottelli leads the Philharmonic, Heather Montgomery directs the Sinfonietta, and Dr. John Marshall is the director of the Youth Strings group.

Following Dr. Phil Baldwin were Marc and Judy Hafso, conductors of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs.  They talked about their numerous groups that rehearse and perform throughout the year, including Spirare, Piccolini, Grazioso, and the recently formed Le Donne women's choir.

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Interview with Marc and Judy Hafso, Spokane Area Youth Choir Directors

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.