Ben Wade, the Susanville Symphony Society’s artistic director/conductor, leads members of the Susanville Youth Orchestra during the Music Academy’s Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Susanville Church of the Nazarene. Photo by Sam Williams

Susanville Music Academy presents holiday concert

The Susanville Symphony Society presented its Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Susanville Church of the Nazarene.

The evening began with the Uptown Brass performing “Ding Dong Merrily On High” by George Ratcliffe Woodward, “Away In A Manger” by Martin Luther and Charles H. Garbriel and “Sweet Songs of Christmas” by Walter Barnes.

The Beginning Strings performed “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” by Benjamin Handy and Vaughn Horton and “Good King Wenceslas” by John Mason Neale.

The Intermediate Strings performed “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Thomas Helmore and “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpont.

The Advanced Strings performed “O Christmas Tree” by Ernst Anschutz and “Cannon In D” by Johann Pachelbel.

The Susanville Wind Ensemble performed “A Home Alone” arranged by Paul Lavendar and “All I I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Walter Anfanasieff, arranged by Kerchner.

The Susanville Youth Orchestra performed “The Holly and The Ivy” by Matthew Owens and June Nixon, arranged by Craig Harris and “We Three Kings” by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., arranged by Ben Wade.

Beginning strings — Connor Martell, Amelia Molina, Makaya Stephenson and Madelaine Vera Curzio.

Intermediate strings — Clifford Lewis, Charlize Lewis, Amelia Molina, Gabi Vice, Isaac Vice, Avvan Wade, Peyton Pratt and Pam Pratt.

Advanced strings — Theresa Berton, Rebecca Oset, EmmaLee Rotlisberger, Cadence Sloan, Erielle Paddock, Eva George and Harmony George.

Mentors (for the strings) — Kayla Millar, Amy Holman, Jessica Nakanishi and Natalie Nakanishi.


Susanville Wind Ensemble
Flute — Amanda Joy Roberts and Julia Bruce.

Clarinet — Joe Bertotti.

Trumpet — Benjamin Rodriguez, John Paul Bertotti Savanah Mortimer and Meghan Berry.

Percussion — Ida Bruce.

Mentors for the Wind Ensemble — Eric Toews, Kayla Millar, Tim Pass, Elaine Mendonca and Heather Blevins.

Youth Orchestra
Conductor — Ben Wade.

Assistant Conductor — Catilyn Nakanishi.

First violin — Theresa Bertotti (Concert Master), Rebecca Oset, Charlize Lewis and Amelia Molina.

Second violin — Cadence Sloan (principal), Erielle Paddock, Eva George, Avvan Wase and EmmaLee Rotlisberger.

Cello — Natalie Nakanishi.

Harp — Jessica Nakanishi. The Susanville Wind Ensemble is the percussion and wind section of the Youth Orchestra.

Uptown Brass — Benjamin Wade and Craig Harris (trumpet), Bill Bunker (trombone) Lori Braatz (French horn) and Matt Mullin (tuba).