The Goshen College Music Center and Fort Wayne Philharmonic have entered into a newly forged relationship that will result in three exciting events this spring at the Music Center and lead to ongoing collaborations in educational outreach and performance between these entities.

Music Center Executive Director Marcia Yost notes: “This is a collaboration that has been in the dream stage for several years. It is exciting to see the vision unfold.”

The first of these collaborative events will bring Maestro Andrew Constantine, Music Director of the Philharmonic, to the Music Center on Feb. 2 to lead an afternoon workshop with area high school instrumentalists from the Elkhart County Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (YHSO).

Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Music Director Andrew Constantine

Born and educated in Britain, Andrew Constantine gained acclaim as a skillful and charismatic conductor, and in 2004 he moved to the U.S. to become Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 he was appointed Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he continues his long-held commitment of working to see the orchestra become more relevant to today’s public.

Maestro Constantine will be bringing a string quartet from the Philharmonic, and together they will explore the topic of “Listening to the Middle” with YHSO musicians during two afternoon sessions on Sunday, Feb. 2. Area ensemble directors and interested persons are also invited to observe the workshop sessions held between 1:30 and 4:00 at the Goshen College Music Center. For more information, please call YHO Program Director Rosalyn Troiano at 574-535-7908.

The YHSO is made up of over 50 talented students from throughout the county who meet regularly on Sunday afternoons in rehearsals led by YHSO Artistic Director Mr. Josh Aerie. The orchestra has worked on challenging repertoire and development of ensemble skills under Mr. Aerie’s leadership, which began this past fall.

Aerie is delighted with the opportunity his young musicians have to work with these well-known professionals and says: “The Youth Honors Orchestra is honored to partner with Maestro Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. The artistry and expertise they bring to work with our Symphony players will undoubtedly enhance the YHO’s mission to provide a high-level orchestral experience for talented young musicians.”

Lon and Kathryn Sherer

This workshop is the first of its kind in the three years since the Youth Honors Orchestras (YHO) have resided at the Goshen College Music Center, and is presented through the Sherer Preparatory Music Endowment fund. Professor Lon Sherer was the early developer and longtime conductor of Goshen College’s orchestra, and he and his wife Kathryn Sherer were instrumental in establishing GC’s pre-college music programs in piano and strings. The fund bearing their names honors their interests of accessibility and excellence in pedagogy in the life of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts.

The Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra for students in grades 9-12 and the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra for grades 7-9 are both open to new members by audition. More information about the YHO program is online at or can be obtained by calling the Music Center office at 574-535-7361.

Further spring collaborations between the Music Center and Fort Wayne Philharmonic include Fort Wayne’s FREIMANN musicians presenting chamber music Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 4:00 in Rieth Recital Hall, and the Philharmonic’s performance of orchestral works under the baton of Maestro Constantine in Sauder Concert Hall on Friday, April 11, 2014.

The full orchestra concert on April 11 is part of Goshen College’s Performing Arts Series. Interested patrons may call the GC Welcome Center at 574-533-7566 for ticket information about either concert.