Orchestra Receives Top Honors at NYC Festival

NYC Heritage Festival awards

Twenty-three YPAS/Manual orchestra students took part in the 2018 New York Heritage Festival in NYC from April 4-8. The orchestra received several top honors, including a Gold/1st place award in their division, the Adjudicator Award for their overall score, and Outstanding Orchestra Group for the best orchestra overall. Senior Megan Wang and junior Molly McInnis were also awarded the Maestro Award for their solo performances, which was only given to 10 students in the entire festival (about 1,000 students total).

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Welcome YPAS Counselor Kevin Fowler

Kevin FowlerI recently reached out to our new counselors, Kevin Fowler and Amy Meeron, and asked them to share a bit about themselves. From Mr. Fowler:

I am so excited to have the chance to serve the duPont Manual community as the new counselor of YPAS. While I am new to the role at YPAS, I am not new to the Manual experience. I have a son who graduated from the piano magnet and another son currently in the band magnet at YPAS. I will certainly draw on my experiences as a Manual parent as I support students and their families in this outstanding high school.

As a “Louisvillian” my entire life, I am also a proud graduate of the Jefferson County Public Schools. I graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School where I participated in the band program and performed in three musicals: Grease, West Side Story, and Camelot. While performing in the role of King Arthur, I had a fantastic meeting with Richard Harris who just happened to be starring in the role of King Arthur for the Broadway production when it made a tour stop in Louisville. Mr. Harris allowed our cast to meet him back stage after his performance – an incredible WOW moment in my life.

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YPAS Percussion Ensemble To Perform In Chicago

YPAS Percussion Ensemble

Congratulations to the YPAS Percussion Ensemble for being selected to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest Band & Orchestra Professional Development Conference in Chicago, IL December 20-23, 2017. The Midwest clinic is the granddaddy of all music conferences. Attendees consist of instrumental music educators at all grade levels, college professors, professional musicians, famous conductors and numerous composers from around the world. There are over 400 exhibitors, close to 18,000 participants, 650 exhibit booths, 50+ concerts and 100+ clinic sessions. People from over 30 countries and all 50 states attend this professional development conference. This was a very competitive and rigorous audition process and YPAS was 1 of only 2 HS percussion ensembles in the world to be selected to perform a showcase concert. What a true honor! This is the first ensemble associated with the YPAS Band program to ever perform at Midwest in the school’s 39 year history, and the first percussion ensemble to ever do so in JCPS and the state of KY.

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Additional YPAS 2017-18 Scheduling Information

In addition to the scheduling information posted here, the schedule for when Mr. Robinson will working with your class is listed below.  Please make sure you are in class on these days so you do not miss your 2017-2018 Scheduling Meeting.

Tuesday February 21 (Red Day) – Main Stage Theatre

Percussion Ensemble – 3rd block

Symphonic Band – 4th block

Wednesday February 22 (White Day) – Main Stage Theatre

Design and Production – 4th block

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YPAS Theatre Department T-shirt and hoodie fundraiser

The YPAS Theatre Department is preparing for their upcoming trip to attend the international Fringe Festival. To help raise funds, they have designed YPAS short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts and hoodies. There are four different options from which to choose.

Click here for an order form that you can print and send to our school bookkeeper, Amie Dennison, located in the YPAS Main Building front office. In case you cannot see the pricing at the top of the order form:

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Welcome reception for new YPAS families

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Welcome Reception for New YPAS Families

Hosts: The Producers and YPAS Orchestra Families
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Location: Manual Auditorium
6:00 PM – Light Buffet
6:30 PM – Program
A warm welcome for the new YPAS freshman and YPAS transfer students (and their families) to Manual/YPAS!

Choral Concert

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Location: St. Boniface Church, 531 E. Liberty St, Louisville, 40202
7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

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YPAS to perform production of Mary Stuart

Peter Oswald’s thrilling adaptation of Fredrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart opens the Youth Performing Arts School’s 2015-16 season. Whether you are fascinated by Literature, European History, Government and Politics, Humanities, or simply want to see a great story unfold, this production provides a compelling reason to come to the theatre. Mary Stuart tells the story of two … Read moreYPAS to perform production of Mary Stuart