Concert Schedule

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Newsletter

Hill Country Youth Orchestras - In Concert

December 6, 2015
Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

  Hill Country Youth Orchestras - Biography  

Hill Country Youth Orchestras

IT ALL BEGAN AS A DREAM… Over 25 years ago, after watching a violinist on television, a little girl told her mother, “I want to do that.”

That little girl’s dream began to unfold in 1986 when the Suzuki String program was started with only eight violin students as part of the educational outreach programs of Kerrville Performing Arts Society in Kerrville, Texas. The number of students grew and the orchestras were organized in the fall of 1995 as an outreach ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Kerrville. In 1999 Hill Country Youth Orchestras was incorporated into a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Presents Sean Chen, Concert Pianist September 20, 2015

HCYO was founded by Lynda Ables, who was the Director of Music for Kerrville First United Methodist Church and HCYO Facilitator from 1995 until her retirement in 2009. HCYO has grown to more than 130 string students and approximately 25 wind, brass and percussion students in the intervening years. Through the dedication of Mrs. Ables, the HCYO Board of Directors, and a dedicated faculty and staff today’s orchestras reflect the organization’s mission of “Bringing the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Hill Country” and provide educational opportunities to all children, regardless of race, color, creed, disability, or economic status.

Through generous donors and grants from foundations HCYO provides full tuition orchestra scholarships to each participating child and an opportunity for young musicians to study with a faculty of some of the finest string musicians in the county. HCYO believes unlimited and early exposure to music fosters lifelong recognition of its value and instills life skills, development of leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and discipline.

Hill Country Youth Orchestras


HCYO is proud of its distinguished young musicians who have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and goals. HCYO students have received numerous academic and music scholarships to continue their studies at Harvard University, Mercer String Artist Academy, Rice University, Indiana University and Baylor University to name a few. Advanced HCYO students have been invited to perform with the Symphony of the Hills, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra, and numerous summer music festivals such as Cactus Pear Young Artist Program, Eastern Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Music Festival, Idlewild Music Fest and participate in Master Classes with Camerata San Antonio. Each year select HCYO students participate in the extensive audition process and are selected for membership in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra.

Today the little girl who wanted to learn to play the violin over 25 years ago is completing her doctorate in musicology and is an accomplished violinist.




Fredericksburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1214, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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