VYS Videos and News!

Look at all the amazing and talented students and staff we get to enjoy, here at the Vail Youth Symphony! Check back here to see the latest news and videos that celebrate our fantastic folk!

Emmy Jensen

Emmy Jensen, just finished eighth grade. She has been playing violin for about 4 years. She heard about an opportunity to play a virtual duet with a member of the United States Air Force and was excited to give it a try. She worked with her private teacher on the song and we submitted her video. We didn’t hear anything for a couple of weeks, but then received this video of their duet. They received 180 submissions country wide. We are so honored and grateful that she was chosen as one of the duets. It was such a cool opportunity that is really reflective of the unprecedented times that we are currently living in. Technology is amazing!

Bradley Breen

Bradley Breen is a freshman at Empire High School in Vail, AZ.  He has been playing the cello for 7 years and enjoys studying with Mary Beth Tyndall.  Bradley has participated in numerous festivals and competitions including the Tucson Cello Congress, ASU Cellobration, Southeast Regional Honor Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Tucson Symphony Young Artist’s Competition where he was a finalist in 2017. Bradley has performed in the Cellobration Cello Quartet which was featured in the 2019 Friends of Music, Lenten Series at St. Philip’s. Bradley has also performed as a guest musician for the Civic Orchestra of Tucson as a competition finalist. Bradley has been a member of the Vail Youth Symphony since 2014. In 2019, Bradley won first place in the Vail Youth Symphony’s Young Musicians Competition.  In addition to being a cellist, Bradley is a talented percussionist and has performed with the Tucson Jazz Institute on drumset and enjoys playing with his school orchestra and steel band.

Our VYS Staff!

Jared Hughes edited together this fantastic videos showcasing our amazing faculty and their rendition of “Turkey in the Straw!” Enjoy!

Our fantastic faculty showing what fun fiddling can be!