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Cindy Fudala, flute

Cindy Fudala, flute

Jennet Ingle, Oboe

Jennet Ingle, oboe

Trevor O' Riordan, clarinet

Trevor O’Rardin, clarinet

Dan D'Andrea, bassoon

Dan D’Andrea, bassoon

John Schreckengost, horn

John Schreckengost, French horn.

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Sunday, March 14, at 3PM EST

Northwest Indiana musicians perform “With a Youthful Spirit” 

The School of American Music presents second Family Concert in this year’s series

“With a Youthful Spirit,” an afternoon of chamber music presented by the School of American Music, will be performed on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich. Covid-19 prevention protocols will be observed. Those who cannot attend can watch the concert live via the SAM Facebook Live stream.

SAM programming chair and concert organizer, Philip Bauman has dedicated the day to young first-chair musicians in the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, where Bauman has served as conductor for 19 years. A special performance by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Woodwind Quintet will be another highlight of the program, which features selections for string quartet, flute and harp, and woodwind quintet.

Tickets are free but space will be limited. Reserve seats online at Donations are welcome.

“I’m so excited to showcase the talent of these young musicians,” said Bauman. “Their enthusiasm and excitement for making music inspires me and invigorates my spirit. I’m sure it will delight everyone listening.”

Selections for “With a Youthful Spirit” include:

Music by Handel from the Water Music, Mozart and Smetana, presented by the Prima String Quartet, featuring Tiffany Chou and Adam Garrido on violins, Libby Gibson on viola, and Claire Gould on cello.

Entr’acte by Jacques Ibert, Sicilienne Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré, and Sonatine No. 2 by F. J. Nadermann presented by La Belle Voca, featuring Yara Hijaz on flute and Grace Wells on harp.

Joplin Rags (The Entertainer, The Easy Winner and The Pine Apple), Denes Agay’s “5 Easy Dances” and some Gershwin presented by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Woodwind Quintet, featuring Dan D’Andrea on bassoon, Jennet Ingle on oboe, Cindy Fudala on flute, Trevor O’Rardin on clarinet, and John Schreckengost on French horn.

“We are honored to present the professional musicians of the NISO Woodwind Quintet,” Bauman said. “Their musicality and levels of accomplishment are not only models for younger musicians, but a real treat to share with our community.”

Vocal student Lauren Eggleston will be SAM featured performer at this Family Concert.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, donations to the School of American Music and the support of Converge Church and its tech team.


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Prima Quartet

Prima String Quartet, featuring Tiffany Chou and Adam Garrido, violin; Libby Gibson, viola, and Claire Gould cello.

La Belle Voca, Flute and Harp Duet

La Belle Voca, Yara Hijaz, flute and Grace Wells, harp

Cindy Fudala, flute

Cynthia Fudala, is currently principal flutist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, and is the flutist with the Evanston Chamber Opera. She is currently the Instructor of Flute at Valparaiso University, Concordia University Chicago, and Lyons Township High School in La Grange, IL. She enjoys performing as the flutist in the Kaia Wind Quintet, and the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra Quintet, which did a concert tour of northern Italy in March 2013, and were guest artists at the International DiffWinds Festival July 2016 in Luxembourg. She has performed with many distinguished American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sarasota Opera, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Fudala has been a Concerto Competition winner and featured soloist with university and professional orchestras in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and is a regular soloist on the Bach Cantata series at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL. Cynthia received a Bachelor’s degree in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s degree and a Certificate in Performance from Northwestern University. Her teachers were Norma Firszt, Katherine Borst Jones, Kyril Magg, Jack Wellbaum, and Walfrid Kujala.

Jennet Ingle, Oboe

Jennet Ingle is principal oboist of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and holds the same position with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.  Jennet is a soloist at heart, joyfully taking over any stage that will have her.  Her first CD, Music That SHOULD Have Been Written for the Oboe, was released in December of 2016.  It is available everywhere.

As the owner and operator of Jennet Ingle Reeds, she makes and sells over two hundred handmade reeds every month to oboists all over the world and has helped hundreds of people with their own reed-making through her video series, The Five Minute Reedmaker, her weekly online Reed Club and beginner’s course Zero to Reedmaker. She has recently been pouring her energy into a new group program, The Invincible Oboist. Jennet is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She can be found on the web at

Trevor O' Riordan, clarinet

Trevor O’Riordan graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Jon Manasse.  He made his debut with the Virginia Symphony at 15 years of age.  Trevor was the winning artist in the ICA’s Orchestra Audition Competition in 2001, and has performed internationally in Germany, Japan, and Taiwan.

He is currently principal clarinetist of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.  He also holds the 2nd Clarinet position with both the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  Trevor has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Wheaton Conservatory and in previous years at the College of DuPage.

Dan D'Andrea, bassoon

Dan D’Andrea , a Chicago area native is an award-winning bassoonist & conductor.   As a bassoon soloist, he has appeared with several orchestras including the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and his solo honors include co-winner of the 1990 National Association for Composers / USA Young Performers’ Competition, semi-finalist in the 1987 Fernand Gillet Young Artist Competition, and winner of the Double-Reed award at the 1989 Kingsville International Young Performers’ Competition.  Since 1998, he has been Principal Bassoon of the Northwest IN Sym Orch, and prior to that, Principal Bassoon of the Southwest MI Sym Orch for 6 years;  he has also performed with many area orchestras. 

Praised by the Illinois Council of Orchestra for outstanding programming—Community Relations of the Year (2006), Chamber Orchestra of the Year (2003-4), and Outstanding Programming (2001-2)— Dan D’Andrea is currently music director/conductor of several ensembles, including the Senior Suburban Orchestra, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, Sinfonietta DuPage, and the Combined Church Choir of Itasca. He served as music director/conductor of the College of DuPage Chamber Orchestra for 11 years and the Salt Creek Sinfonietta for 14 years, and has guest conducted area ensembles.  Demonstrations of his solo bassoon playing (3 videos, including “Flight of the Bumble bee”) are available on YouTube; multiple videos of his conducting and artistic direction/staging of opera are also on YouTube.  (search “Sinfonietta Bel Canto”)

John Schreckengost, horn

John Schreckengost is principal horn of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Schreckengost was principal horn of the Israel Sinfonietta before returning to the United States to study with Dale Clevenger.  He is also a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic, and Chicago Arts Orchestra.

He has played with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and has played as an extra musician with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Grant Park orchestras. Mr. Schreckengost taught horn and brass chamber music at Valparaiso University for thirteen years. His arrangements have been featured in performances by the Chicago Symphony Horn Section, the Chicago Horn Consort, Chicago Classic Brass, and the ‘Rona Quartet.

Tiffany Chou – 1st Violin

Tiffany is a homeschooled 11th grader and is the concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra as well as the first violinist of the Prima String Quartet.  This is her third year in the orchestra. Tiffany first began studying piano with her parents at the age of three and violin at the age of four.  She now takes piano from Mrs. Marilyn Bourgeois and violin from Mrs. Tammie Ringas.  Tiffany has won the Young People’s Competition of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra three times (twice on the piano and once on the violin).  She also won both District and State levels of the Indiana Music Teachers’ Association Competition in 2018.  In the same year, she passed the Grade Eight Violin Exam of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam with distinction.  A year later, Tiffany won the 2019 Concerto Competition of the Youth Orchestra.

Aside from competitions, Tiffany also enjoys performing in smaller ensembles, such as playing in a piano trio with her brother and mom.  In pre-pandemic times she frequently played in worship services at church and hopes to get back to it soon.  Besides her musical activities, she also studies Latin.  In her free time, she likes to read, bake, and watch YouTube.

Tiffany says, “I have not always felt favorably towards music, but recently, after having started being a part of the Prima quartet, I’ve started to enjoy playing music a lot more. Chamber music is especially great because I get to express my own individuality and musicality without having the stress of being a soloist. I joined the Youth Orchestra to broaden my musical horizons and gain familiarity with being an orchestral player in addition to being a solo musician. I really appreciate the experience as well as all the amazing people I’ve met through the orchestra.”

Tiffany Chou, violin
Adam Garrido, violin

Adam Garrido, 2nd Violin

Adam is a current senior at Portage High School and is a member of the Advanced Orchestra. He has been playing the violin for eight years and hopes to continue to play in college. Adam enjoys playing Dvorak and Mendelssohn and has been learning the piano in his free time. He has been part of the Portage High School Pit Orchestra and jazz orchestra. He also believes that music is a great way to express himself through the different styles of music.

The reason why Adam wanted to be part of the Youth Orchestra was that he wanted to expand his repertoire and play with amazing musicians. One of his favorite parts of youth orchestra is getting the opportunity to be a member of the prima quartet, he has been the second violinist for three years and has enjoyed playing pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and many more. His favorite piece that he has played in youth orchestra is the Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest because it was his first time playing with a choir, and it was an amazing experience. After high school, Adam plans to attend Purdue University.

Libby Gibson, Viola

Libby Gibson is a senior from Chesterton High School who loves performing with friends, caring for her plants, and watching anime! She has been playing viola since 5th grade. Although pursuing music performance has proven to be challenging  due to her late start in music, her passion for learning about music and performing has kept her motivated to move forward in her studies.

Ever since her experience with the Indiana All State Orchestra, Libby has had the most fun playing orchestral music. She feels happiest when playing music, especially with a group of talented musicians with the same love for music as her.

Libby Gibson, viola
Claire Gould, cello

Claire Gould, Cello

Claire Gould is a senior at Portage High School. She has been playing cello since she was in fifth grade. Graduating top of her class, she is involved in her school advanced orchestra, marching band, National Honor Society, and the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is section leader in both her school orchestra as well as in NIYSO. Beginning in freshman year, she has taken a group one solo and several group one ensembles to ISSMA solo and ensemble and received all gold ratings every year. 
In her free time, she loves to hang out with her dogs and practice guitar. She plans on pursuing a career in animal sciences while continuing to play cello in an orchestra and play in the marching band. Music has always been a very large part of her life and been her form of expression. She is very grateful for all the opportunities she has been offered while being apart of NIYSO including being able to perform a variety of pieces, being apart of the Prima Quartet, and being apart of the Jazz Ensemble in the past. Her love and passion for music continues to grow every day.

Yara Hujaz, Flute

Always having an interest in music, Yara joined her school band in 6th grade looking to try out something new.  Over the years, she has come to love and enjoy playing individually, and in many different ensembles.  She has competed at state for solo and ensemble every year she has taken a group 1 solo since 8th grade. Competition inspires her to practice harder. Yara especially has an interest in orchestras and has hopes to continue playing the flute even throughout the years she plans to study in college to become a doctor.

Academics are a big part of her life as she is one of the top competitors in the state for her Biology, Chemistry, and Physics events in Science Olympiad.  With all this time spent studying, orchestra is her favorite outlet away from academics and a nice way to practice problem-solving skills outside of school.  

Yara Hijaz, flute
Grace Wells, harp

Grace Wells, Harp

Grace Wells is a homeschooled junior in high school. She started her musical education at 7 years old playing the piano. During her beginning years as a pianist, Grace performed at events such as: talent shows, piano guild exams, and the Porter County Fair. This last August, Grace started student teaching at Innovative Music Studio where she has 14 piano students. At age 13 Grace started taking formal harp lessons even though she could already play “Chimes” on her “air harp”.

Grace joined the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra in May of 2020 because she was looking for a challenge. Grace loves music, and being able to play with such esteemed peers has been an amazing experience. Grace is taking weekly master classes with harpist Michelle Abbot with the objective of going to college for music performance. Grace is working to one day be an orchestral harpist for a professional adult orchestra.

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