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HSYO Fall Concert

November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

HSO thanks these business partners for their support of this concert!

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

Zeeland East High School Auditorium

Holland Area Junior Strings

Kyle Nester, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Concerto in D
Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Bob Phillips

Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

Medieval Kings
Soon Hee Newbold

Holland Area Concert Strings

Kyle Nester, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Georg Frederic Handel, arr. H. B. Fisher

Scottish Mist
Bonnie Rideout, arr Bob Phillips

"Allegro" from Quartet in C Major, K. 157
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Allegro Con Brio” from Symphony No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. John O’Neill

Holland Area Youth Orchestra

Christopher Fashun, Music Director and Conductor
Tori Zokoe, General Manager
Katie Rae Hayduk, Rehearsal Manager

Procession of the Sardar
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935), arr. Merle J. Isaac

G Minor “Little” Fugue, BWV 578
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), arr. Michel Rondeau

Russian Folksongs
Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)

  1. Christmas Carol

  2. Plaintive Song

  3. Cradle Song

  4. Round Dance

  5. Village--Dance Song

Dance of the Tumblers

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)


Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

Zeeland East High School Auditorium

For the safety of audience members and participants, masks are required for all.

Tickets are not available online.  Purchase at the door. 

$10 adults/$5 students

Children 5 and under free.

Spring Concert Date: Sunday, March 13th at Lokers Auditorium in Zeeland

Auditions for Holland Area Youth Orchestra and Holland Area Concert Strings may be arranged by calling the HSYO office at 616-796-6780 or emailing hsyo@hollandsymphony.org.


Holland Area Junior Strings


Aurea DeKuiper, 5, Homeschool
Josiah DeVries, 6, Holland Christian
Aidric Gomez, 2, Black River
Rebecca Haig, 6, Holland Christian
Hailey Moorman, 5, Byron Center
Nora Propst, 6, Holland Christian
Anna Richert, 6, Homeschool
David Steenwyk, 6, Holland Christian
Dan Thach, 7, West Ottawa

Cat Kraus, 7, Black River
Kimia McMullen, 7, Holland

Grace Meade, 4, Reeths Puffer
Davina VanIwaarden, 7, Holland Christian

Nathaniel Kolk, 6, Holland Christian

Holland Area Concert Strings

Charlotte Beckman, 7, Holland Christian
Jack Bolt, 8, Holland
Norrah Campbell, 9, Zeeland
Axel Franzon, 7, Homeschool
Christiana Franzon, 7, Homeschool
Eleanor McMullen, 9, Holland
Leila Sundararajan, 8, Holland
Layla Vinten-Johansen, 9, Saugatuck
Saralyn Weed, 9, Calvary

Alan Juarez, 9, Holland
Dane Kolk, 8, Holland Christian

Oak DeKuiper, 8, Homeschool

Holland Area Youth Orchestra

Brinley Altvater, 11, Hamilton
Greta Bast, 9, Black River
Paige Bomhof, 12, West Ottawa
Lindsay Brncick, 12, Black River
Aeja DeKuiper, 12, Homeschool
Rebekah Dykema, 12, Zeeland
Carlina Franzon, 11, Homeschool
AmySue Harlow, 11, Homeschool
Claire Kaercher, 12, Libertas
Noah Marroquin, 11, West Ottawa
Aliz Pusztai, 11, Libertas
Elyse Schurman, 12, West Ottawa
Mason Sybesma, 8, Holland Christian
Kate Wehrman, 10, Libertas
Olivia Wilcox, 12, Hudsonville

Barrett Huffman, 10, Holland Christian
Sophia Postma, 12, Homeschool
Ella Pusztai, 11, Libertas
Ella Vanden Berg, 11, Holland Christian

Maggie Bast, 10, Black River
Madeline Benson, 11, Black River
Brandon Blake, 12, West Ottawa
Abigail Fahrion, 12, Holland
Sophie Fenwick, 11, Homeschool
Daniel Hotchkiss, 10, West Ottawa
Sarah Mann, 11, Mona Shores
Samuel Nicely, 12, Holland Christian
Abram Vanden Berg, 8, Holland Christian
Chase Veldink, 10, West Ottawa

Sam Dykhouse, 12, Black River

Jenna Ly, 12, Holland Christian
Jayne Gort, Mentor

Carlos Marroquin-Lozado, 12, West Ottawa

Alex Johnson, Mentor
Meghan Smith, Mentor

French Horn
Sydney Brander, 12, Zeeland
Isaiah Theonugraha, 9, Zeeland

Kaleb Gomez-Corder, 11, Black River
Keith Walker, Mentor

Nolan Meier, 12, Black River
James Groelsma, Mentor

Caroline Johnson, 10, Hamilton

Peyton Brennan, 12, Zeeland

HAYO set up crew: Rebekah Dykema, Aeja DeKuiper, Carlina Franzon, Brandon Blake

Kyle Nester

Kyle Nester graduated from Alma College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree.  While in college, he participated in orchestra, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and choir.  Mr. Nester spent a term in Vienna, Austria and studied violin with Maeve Auer from the Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst.  After college, he was a soloist in the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival and performed with Josh Groban a few times.  After a long-term substitute teacher position in Fremont, Michigan, he taught 5th - 12th grade orchestra at Chippewa Hills School District for seven years.  After his wife Andrea finished her law degree at Michigan State University, the couple moved to West Michigan. He started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012 and Andrea was employed in a law firm in downtown Grand Rapids.  Recently, Mr. Nester has been interested in fiddling and started the Michigan Academy of Folk Music with Nate Roberts from Hope College.  

Mr. Nester enjoys running races, enjoying nature, playing music, and traveling.  They have three “interesting” cats and a planted freshwater fish tank.  


Christopher H. Fashun

Christopher H. Fashun is an incredibly diverse and versatile conductor, performer, and educator. He brings over two decades of experience as a music educator leading middle school, high school and collegiate band and orchestra programs in addition to directing jazz and percussion ensembles.

A 2018 recipient of a U.S. Postdoctoral Fulbright Award in All Disciplines, Dr. Fashun will be living and researching Afro-Brazilian music in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil during the summer of 2019.  His project will focus on the dissemination of Afro-Brazilian music and culture in the city of Salvador. 

An Assistant Professor of Music at Hope College, he serves as the Director of Orchestras, the founder and Music Director of the Brazilian Drumming Ensemble, teaches applied percussion, world music, and is an Instructor of Instrumental Music Education.

An accomplished percussionist and violist, he has several years of orchestral and chamber music experience and has enjoyed success in both areas as a soloist by winning three concerto competitions, one on viola and two on marimba.

Dr. Fashun is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and percussionist.  He is a frequent presenter at music education conferences and is a highly sought after clinician and conductor.  Notable engagements include the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University Orchestras.  Dr. Fashun has conducted the Symphony String Orchestra at the Iowa IMEA Conference for the All-State Iowa Junior Honors String Orchestra Festival Concert and the Midwest Mennonite Festival Orchestra and Concert Band.  He has served on the music faculties at St. Ambrose University and Goshen College. 

His research in conducting combines developing musicianship from the podium and health and wellness for music educators. 

When he’s not making music, he is either cycling, paddle boarding, or practicing Pilates and enjoying the fabulous beaches in Holland (in the summer, of course) with his wife and daughter. 

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November 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Lokers Auditorium, Cityside Middle School
320 East Main
Zeeland, MI 49464 United States
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