VERO BEACH — The First Presbyterian Youth String Orchestra will present a spring concert on Sunday, May 16, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

Masks and social distancing will be required, and the sanctuary seating is limited to the first 150 people.

Admission is free, but a suggested $10 donation will be accepted during the performance and also online via the church’s website. The donations will fund a planned trip to perform in Aspen, Colorado.

Last year, Director of Music and Arts Dr. Jacob Craig was approached by a patron of the Aspen Music Festival who is a part time resident of Vero Beach. She invited the group to attend the 2021 festival.

The group will travel to Denver on July 31, pick up rented instruments, and head to Aspen for four days of performing and master classes from world-renowned musicians and educators.

Following their educational experience in Aspen, the group will make their way through the mountains back to Denver. The plans are to experience the wonder and beauty of the Rocky Mountains through hiking, whitewater rafting, and visits to historical mining towns and the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Musical selections chosen for the May 16 fundraising concert are Benjamin Britten’s Young Apollo, Opus 16, for piano, string quartet, and String Orchestra featuring Becca Harrison; the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, Mvt. I, featuring Evan Robinet; Metamorphosen for 23 Strings by Strauss; and Orawa by Polish classical and film composer Wojciech Kilar.

All funds raised from the concert will go directly toward trip costs. Donations will be accepted via a bucket upon entering the sanctuary, or concertgoers may choose to watch the performance on the church’s website,, and donate via the “Giving” section on their website. If donating online, choose “all other gifts” in the dropdown and write “String Orchestra” in the memo section.

For more information, contact Music and Arts Administrator Ginger Lagemann at (772) 562-9088 or

First Presbyterian Church is located at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach.

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