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2018-2019 Season / Specials / SYMPHORIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA FALL 2018
All performances at 4:00pm at Crouse Hinds Concert Theater

Join the Symphoria Young Artists Orchestra, the Symphoria Youth Repertory Orchestra, and the Symphoria Youth String Orchestra for the first concert of the 2018-19 season on November 18th at 4PM.  The performance includes diverse musical selections performed by Central New York's most talented young musicians.


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REBECCA DODD I conductor

VIVALDI: Themes from Vivaldi's "Gloria"
McBRIEN: Adra's Dance
McCARRICK: Fiddle Like the Dickens!   
MOZART: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mvt. I. Allegro)


KAREN VEVERKA | conductor

ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra Overture
BORODIN: Symphony No. 2 (Mvt. I. Allegro moderato)


SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, op. 97 "Rhenish" (Mvts. I, IV & V)



4:00pm | Crouse Hinds Concert Theater

Artist Information:

Christian Capocaccia

Recognized as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with musicians and singers alike have made him a favourite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists.

Mr. Capocaccia was appointed as the Symphoria Associate Conductor and Symphoria Youth Orchestra Music Director in 2017. He returns to Pittsburgh Opera in April 2018 for a production of Donizetti l’Elisir d’Amore.

In the 16/17 season, Mr. Capocaccia completed his 5th season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In the Fall he made his company debut with the Pittsburgh Opera, conducting La Traviata. In February he returned to Syracuse Opera to lead performances of Rigoletto.

In the 15/16 season, Mr. Capocaccia took the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic ensemble to New York City for their Carnegie Hall debut. For the Spring semester of 2016, he served as adjunct professor and visiting conductor with Montclair State University’s opera department. In the Fall of 2015 he returned to the Manhattan School of Music to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a symphonic concert, and in February 2016 made his debut with Syracuse Opera in La Boheme. His performances with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in March marked his debut with that ensemble.

Mr. Capocaccia previously held positions as assistant conductor of the Dallas Opera, resident conductor of the Fischer Center at Bard College, assistant conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble, and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He has regularly conducted AsLiCo, and has recently conducted operas with the Manhattan School of Music, and the Welsh National Opera. He is a former Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.

Born in Rome, he attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory studying under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

As a guest conductor he has appeared both in the United States and Europe leading ensembles such as the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Moscow Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Orchestra Città Aperta, International Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro among others.

Karen Veverka

Karen Veverka serves as High School and Middle School Orchestra Director at Skaneateles Central Schools, where during her twenty-eight year career she has led her ensembles to annual “Gold” and “Gold With Distinction” NYSSMA awards, as well as award-winning performances at national competitions in Washington, D.C. at George Mason University, and Segerstrom Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ca. Past musical experiences include study at the Aspen School of Music, Berklee College of Music and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Ms. Veverka has served on the faculty of Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University and has presented clinics and sessions on music education topics at state and national conferences.

As a professional violinist, Ms. Veverka has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Om-
aha Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Society for New Music, and the Joffrey Ballet. She continues to perform with the newly-formed Symphoria in Syracuse, N.Y.

Ms. Veverka has conducted for Syracuse Opera, All-County and Area All-State orchestras, and
for American Music Abroad. Ms. Veverka was appointed conductor of the Syracuse Youth String
Orchestra in 2013, and in 2016 was invited to guest-conduct the Syracuse Youth Orchestra at
Carnegie Hall. Ms. Veverka holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Nebraska and
Syracuse University. She continues to enjoy and be inspired by working with young musicians.

Rebecca Dodd

Becky Dodd is from Eugene, Oregon (and is still an Oregon Duck at heart). She started teaching private music lessons at age 16, and has taught in the public schools for over 30 years, the last 26 in the
Liverpool School District. She earned her Music Education degree from Wichita State University and her master’s degree in Reading from SUNY
Oswego. Becky enjoys her unique situation of following her students’ lives and musical development from fourth through eighth grade on the same campus. This allows student collaboration between levels and the ability to get to know each student as an individual. She enjoys judging
solo festivals, guest conducting and working with student teachers. She has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in four times and has
received the Optimist Teacher of the Month five times. In 2009 she was honored with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Award for
Outstanding Music Educators. Becky and her late husband Kit were honored by the Civic Morning Musicals with the Tiffany Award for family contribution to the community in 2015. Becky is currently on the Education Committee for Symphoria. She and her late husband Kit have
lived in Liverpool since 1981 and have two sons, Nicholas and Aaron.

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