On this concert, a member of the CSO Youth Orchestra has the chance to perform with the orchestra. The CSO Youth Orchestras are made up of over 190 students ages 12 to 20 who perform in 4 different ensembles.
For more information about the Youth Orchestra or how you could become a member, visit their website.
Each season, the CSO Youth Orchestra sponsors a concerto competition for members of the Symphony Orchestra. The winner performs on the Young People’s concert.
Juliette Blais has been the principal cellist of the CSO Youth Orchestra’s Symphony orchestra under Gary Wilkes since 2013. She also participated in the Philharmonic Orchestra under Sandy Morris for two years and was a student manager during that time. Her private instructor is currently Dr. Wesley Baldwin at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and she previously studied with Jenny Wilkes-Hibbard for several years.
Juliette began playing cello in 2010, and since then she has attended many summer music camps including Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Virginia, Meadowmount School of Music in New York, and this past summer she attended the Brevard Music Institute in North Carolina. She was the recipient of two CSOYO scholarships last spring, and this year won her first competition with the CSO Youth Orchestras.
In her free time, Juliette is a part of an informal youth chamber group comprised of members from three Chattanooga high schools. They rehearse frequently and perform at several private locations, but they especially enjoy busking on the Walnut Street Bridge, a center of city life in Chattanooga.
Juliette currently attends Collegiate High at Chattanooga State Community College where she is enrolled in dual enrollment classes while pursuing her high school diploma. Juliette plans to pursue music with a double major in educational policy at college.