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SUBJECT: Memorial University music student to perform with National Youth Orchestra
DATE: April 30, 2003

Andrew Dunsmore, a third-year percussion student at Memorial's School of Music, will spend a month this summer training and playing with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO). One of four percussion students chosen from across Canada to participate in the 2003 NYO training camp, Andrew is the only Newfoundlander to date selected for this year. To audition for the NYO, Andrew taped a required selection of music on marimba, xylophone, snare drum, tambourine, cymbals and timpani. "It was a grueling experience," he said. "Percussionists have to play about 10 excerpts on different instruments."

The experience begins June 30 in Kingston, Ontario, and the following month will be an intensive training camp including at least eight public concerts. Simon Streatfeild returns as the camp's music director, and Andrew is also looking forward to working with prominent percussionist John Rudolph. "This will be a life changing experience," said the young musician. "The NYO is one of the best orchestras in Canada with a widespread influence."

Andrew began playing percussion while at MacDonald Drive Junior High, where his mother directed band and needed someone to play glockenspiel. He continued to play percussion while at Prince of Wales Collegiate. As a percussion student in Memorial's School of Music, he specializes in the marimba but is familiar with most of the percussion instruments which fall into four large divisions - timpani, keyboard percussion, snare drums and triangles, and ethnic percussion instruments.

He began his studies with the late Don Wherry and more recently Rob Power; he was chosen in 2001 to be Sabian representative for the Percussive Arts Society Scholarship and traveled to Nashville to attend the national conference. He also won the Rose Bowl at the 2002 Kiwanis Music Festival and was one of three St. John's students selected to participate in CBC's national radio series Up and Coming, featuring 27 young musicians from across Canada. Earlier this year, Andrew was the first Memorial University music student to compete in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra national competition.

The National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to the discovery and training of young Canadian symphony orchestra musicians. For further information, visit their Web site at www.nyoc.org/1-eng.htm.

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