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Northshore Community Orchestra

The only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor.

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About the Northshore Community Orchestra

The Northshore Community Orchestra (formerly the Slidell Youth & Community Orchestra), part of the Clearwood Junior High Community Education Program through the St. Tammany Parish school system, is the only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor. The orchestra was established in 1987, and has operated continuously ever since.

The orchestra performs several full orchestra concerts as well as some smaller group ensembles throughout the year, with genres including classical, jazz, pop, folk, ethnic, traditional, movie themes, and broadway hits. In addition to annual Christmas and Spring concerts as well as several small ensemble performances, the orchestra performs a special concert each year for hundreds of fourth-graders from St. Tammany Parish to introduce them to orchestral music, teach them the various categories of musical instruments, and inspire them to participate in their school's music program.

The members of the orchestra come primarily from Slidell and other parts of St. Tammany Parish (such as Lacombe, Covington, Mandeville, and Abita Springs), but some also come from surrounding parishes in the Greater New Orleans area and even Mississippi.  The musicians currently range in age from 13-83 and represent a diverse assortment of backgrounds such as students, professionals, skilled tradesmen, scientists, homemakers, military, educators, and retirees. Some of the orchestra's musicians are family members – spouses, parents/children, and siblings.

The orchestra's conductor since 2006 is Mrs. Susan Messina, a Slidell native who has a master's degree in music and over 30 years experience as a music educator and band director.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Support also comes from the membership as well as generous donations of local businesses and individuals.

 

formerly Slidell Youth & Community Orchestra

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