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Portland Youth Philharmonic

Portland Youth Philharmonic, America’s first youth orchestra, performs at the Annual Waterfront Concert on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM and will join the Oregon Symphony on the main stage for the closing performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.



JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
    Scherzo: Allegro
    Finale: Quasi una fantasia - Andante - Allegro molto

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI: L’Italiana in Algeri


“ One of Portland’s greatest and oldest art institutions is forever young .”
    —The Oregonian

For 93 seasons, Portland Youth Philharmonic has been known for its fearless artistry, adventurous programming, and excellent performances. Under the direction of Musical Director David Hattner, PYP supports two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble, and a string orchestra. Members range in age from 7 to 23 and come from 100 different schools throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Musicians are accepted based on audition, then seated solely according to ability. PYP brings together a diverse group of young musicians who consistently exceed expectations through dedication, discipline, and cooperation.

The orchestra has broadcast performances overseas, toured internationally eight times, represented the United States at the Banff International Festival of Youth Orchestras in 1998, and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2004. Most recently in 2014, PYP toured to the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago at the invitation of Carlos Kalmar, Music Director of the Oregon Symphony and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Grant Park Music Festival.

Over the years, thousands of musicians have played in PYP. Today they are found performing in professional orchestras from the Boston Symphony to the Kornische Oper Berlin, teaching in conservatories like Juilliard and Oberlin, performing in local professional ensembles from the Oregon Symphony to Pink Martini, playing in amateur ensembles in communities near and far, and teaching in public schools and private studios.

PYP invites you to experience its 93rd concert season at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, featuring two world premieres by Tomas Svoboda and Debra Kaye, the return of PYP alumnus Roger Kaza as horn soloist, and works by Wagner, Debussy, and Dvořák. Visit www.portlandyouthphil.org for more information and the full list of Season 93 performances.

Connect with PYP on Facebook as the Portland Youth Philharmonic and on Twitter and Instagram as pdxyouthphil for performance dates, behind-the-scenes features, giveaways, and more!

PYP Conducting Staff


David Hattner is the fifth Musical Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Hattner was selected from a pool of 112 candidates by a search committee comprised of board members, alumni, community representatives, musicians, and teachers. He received positive reviews from both audiences and critics alike after his debut with PYP in November 2008. “Portland Youth Philharmonic roared like a Maserati on Saturday in its first concert under Musical Director David Hattner. The route was challenging, the execution distinguished and the ride delightful,” wrote David Stabler for The Oregonian. “David is ideal for PYP. He creates the musical and social environment in which young musicians can and want to do their best,” said Murry Sidlin, former Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, who worked with Hattner at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cascade Festival of Music. “He is a brilliant clarinetist, has very high artistic vision, and invites young musicians to join him at that level.”

Hattner’s conducting credits include the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Chamber Ensemble, the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Atlantica, and multi-media work with silent film in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Hattner received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Northwestern University, where he was a clarinet student of Robert Marcellus. He has participated in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen three times, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has also held Principal Clarinet positions with Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Music Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Theater, and Key West Symphony Orchestra.


Lawrence Johnson received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound and his Masters in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He conducted and directed wind ensemble, band and orchestra at PSU and Mount Hood Community College. He has taught at Clackamas Community College and Lewis and Clark College. He was formerly Principal Horn of Germany’s Philharmonia Hungarica, was Assistant Principal Horn with the Oregon Symphony (1996–2005), and has been a regular member of the Seattle Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycle Orchestra since 1976. He has performed with other orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest, numerous chamber music groups and summer music festivals.



Violinist Inés Voglar Belgique was born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under the program "El Sistema” and violin with Roberto Valdes.  She came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with then-Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andrés Cárdenes. Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician, including national and European tours. Other orchestral distinctions include having been Guest Concertmaster of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in December 2007 and being a frequent Concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. In September of 2012, Inés won the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony in a national audition. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Voglar Belgique has been a violinist in FearNoMusic for nine years and served as artistic Director from 2005-11, reaching out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed composers and presenting the music of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to private studio teaching, she is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop and Portland Summer Ensembles. In the fall of 2015, Ms. Voglar Belgique joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic as conductor of the Young String Ensemble and the faculty of Lewis and Clark College.