Letter from Xavier Verna

Dear Board of Directors,

My name is  and I’m among the thousands of other students that are concerned with the DSO’s current state.  It’s a tragedy to see this orchestra and it’s great musicians/educators take such a painful hit.  It hurts us too, students, who learn so much from the DSO.

I remember my freshman year, at the University of Michigan, was the most memorable of my 4.5 years.  Two of my five percussion professors were DSO musicians, one which I’ve heard recently resigned from his principal position.  They took education very seriously and offered genorous opportunities to their students.  They offered an intensive class focused on orchestral repertoire and the preparation it takes to have a successful audition.  Every week our professors would discuss 1-2 orchestral works and assign us parts so we could play as a section to recordings.  At the end of the week our professors would invite us to come see the DSO perform the exact same works which we perfomed in class.  This kind of education was possible because the DSO was vibrant and performing.  To take away the DSO’s season schedule means to take away opportunities from young growing musicians.

I write this e-mail to you today as a student who learned so much from the DSO.  This is my voice and I speak for and among other students in saying please, save music education, save the DSO.



BA Music Education and Performance
University of Michigan



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