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2, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
The Houston Youth Symphony has blossomed since artistic director and conductor Michael Webster joined the nonprofit 15 years ago. Photo by Joel Luks
3, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
Assistant concertmaster Laura Casarez, 17, a senior at the High School for Visual and Performing Arts, has been involved for a decade. Photo by Joel Luks
4, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
Bassoonist Jordan Brokken, 15, a senior at Westfield High School, has been a member of the HYS for 5 years. Photo by Joel Luks
6, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
The balance between recreation, dedication and discipline is the reason why the orchestra's members are fond of the weekly sessions. Photo by Joel Luks
5, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
The HYS has grown in size and scope since its humble beginning in 1946. Photo by Joel Luks
1, Houston Youth Symphony 65th anniversary concert, January 2013
Three hundred elementary, middle and high school students participate in the program. Photo by Joel Luks