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LDYE rehearses once a week in Oneonta during the school year and performs three public concerts each year. In addition, each year LDYE sponsors a two-day workshop featuring hands-on teaching by leading performers from the worlds of jazz, rock, bluegrass and klezmer. Each one of these annual workshops brings together more than 500 student musicians from elementary and high schools throughout central New York. Recent workshops have included the participation of pioneering rock violinist Mark Wood; Berklee cellist Eugene Friesen; renowned bluegrass group Uncommon Ground; international traditional fiddling champion Ivonne Hernandez; and noted British jazz violinist Ben Powell.Join LDYE
After a national search the board of directors of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble enthusiastically announced the appointment of violinist Uli Speth to the position of conductor and music director beginning June of 2015.Uli is already known locally in his roles as violin instructor at Hartwick College, concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic and regular performer in ensembles throughout the region. German born and a resident of Mount Vernon, NY, Uli has been teaching violin and conducting in our area for more than five years.
Debrah Devine began conducting LDYE's Preparatory Orchestra in the fall of 2016. She studied Violin Performance at SUNY Fredonia and CUNY Brooklyn College with Cornelius Dufallo and Liang Chai. Debrah has a diverse and active freelance career. As an in-demand violin and viola teacher in the area, she has been teaching strings in Upstate NY for 14 years. She maintains private teaching studios in Norwich, Oneonta and Mt. Vision and has a combined 35-40 students in her studio. She is delighted to work with the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble's Preparatory Orchestra.