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The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra having exciting year

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The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra (KJSO) has a lot in store for the rest of the year. The KJSO is a 85-95 member orchestra consisting of young musicians with the average age of participants being 16- years-old. This program is audition based, full of elite musicians who have honed their respective craft for many years.

Each season lasts about 8 months, consisting of 3 hour orchestra practices every week and three concerts performed at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo. The KJSO’s mission is to encourage and develop artistic excellence among young musicians in southwest Michigan by providing a diversity of quality orchestral experiences, and to enhance the cultural environment of the families and communities it serves. The KJSO was founded in 1939, making it one of the oldest youth symphony orchestras in the United States.

Mckenzie Askler is a sophomore at Gull Lake and is the second chair violin player. She’s been playing the violin for over 5 years. Most of KJSO is made up of juniors and seniors, and she joined the orchestra for the first time as a freshman.

“I plan on continuing in the KJSO until I graduate. It is a great community of young musicians,” Askler said. “Next year I will be auditioning for a leadership role, meaning I could become the leader for the violin section.”

The KJSO  will be embarking on a 10 day tour of South Africa and will be performing at orphanages and homes for the elderly alongside other orchestras from South Africa.

“I am very excited for the trip. I think it is going to be very cool experience,” Askler said.

After the tour in South Africa, KJSO will have toured every inhabited continent in the world.

The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra performed at the Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo on Sunday, February 18 at 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m..

McKenzie Askler (right) and Hayden Garside (left)  side by side, instruments in hand. Photo courtesy of Kathy Askler

McKenzie Askler plays her violin. Photo courtesy of Luke Cook

Rowan Colosky

My name is Rowan Colosky. I am a sophomore at Gull Lake High School. I enjoy listening to & creating music and playing basketball.


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