November 2009 – 9 Acts (9 Performers)
Age 12 and Under
Linzy Lassetter, 7 – Played piano solos and piano duets with Brenda Freed
Lukas Anderson, 9 – Sang and accompanied himself on guitar
Esiquiel Bilger, 10 – Played piano solos and piano duets with Brenda
Amelia Jordon, 9 – Played piano solos
Bronson Lassetter, 14 – Sang and accompanied himself on guitar
Mackenzie Young & Mary Snyder, both 14 – Sang accompanied by Brenda on piano
Evan Duvall, 14 – Sang and accompanied himself on guitar (some original material)
Sam Hays, 15 – Sang and accompanied himself on guitar and piano
November YAPI News and Notes
November YAPI was very exciting with more YAPI participants than we have had any other month of this year; nine in all! There were 4 performers in the 12 and under group. Linzy Lassetter, Lukas Anderson and Amelia Jordon have all performed at other YAPIs throughout the year. Linzy and Amelia play piano and Lukas plays guitar and sings. All of them are showing growth as performers, not only in their artistic skill but in their presentation. Esiquiel Bilger performed for the first time but got up several times to perform throughout the evening playing piano solos. He has definitely caught the performing bug and I know we’ll hear from him again.
Five area youth performed in the age 13-19 group. Two of them, Sam Hays and Evan Duvall came all the way from Dripping Springs. They have come to two other YAPIs, but this was the first time Brenda has heard them. She has missed 2 YAPIs since starting this monthly community service event in 2003 and apparently, both times Evan and Sam have come to perform. What a treat it was to finally catch them! They performed solo and with each other. Evan performed an original song and we always welcome that at YAPI. In addition to being seasoned performers, they were very encouraging the younger performers. That is definitely the YAPI spirit! Bronson Lassetter did a great rendition of “What a Wonderful World” singing and playing it on guitar. We also had 2 newcomers in the older age group: Mary Snyder and Mackenzie Young. They blew people away with their harmonies. It was so good the audience requested they repeat their song a second time later in the evening. It was great to see these two young woman take advantage of this opportunity to get more comfortable performing. That is one of the unique aspects of YAPI. The audience is very supportive and if someone needs to start over or do something again for more practice, the audience never fails to support the performers. I always say, “YAPI is not a competition. It’s not about being the best. It’s about doing your best.”
December YAPI is Thursday, December 3rd and we hope to close out the year with another great evening of entertainment by our area youth. We hope to see all of these young performers and more back in December. Perhaps we’ll hear some holiday music then.
Please join us then as a performer or as an audience member to support these young performers.
We invite all performers 19 and under to do the same. YAPI is the perfect opportunity to get over stage fright, to hone performance skills and to get experience performing with a sound system. The more comfortable one feels, the more one will enjoy performing. You couldn’t ask for a more supportive and appreciative audience than the YAPI audience.
It would be great to get more youth involved in YAPI events. All age 19 and under performers encompassing all levels of experience and talent are welcome to participate in the Young Artist Performance Incubator. But, there are many ways for area youth to participate in YAPI besides performing. YAPI is always looking for local youth to help and gain experience in the following areas:
- Taking pictures at YAPI
- Writing YAPI news for the emailing list and website, or perhaps writing an article for the school or local newspaper
- Helping to get performers signed up and signing up people to be on the YAPI emailing list
- Putting up posters to help get the word out
- Emceeing-introducing performers and running YAPI events
- Setting up each act and running the sound system
Brenda would be happy to apprentice any local youth who want experience in any of these areas. Please contact Brenda at BFreed1@earthlink.net or call 512-847-1022 if you are interested. The goal is to have the youth run YAPI as much as possible.
YAPI is always the first Thursday of the month so the next YAPI event will be Thursday, November 5th.
You can support the YAPI community event by:
- Coming out to YAPI to perform the first Thursday of every month (if you are age 19 or under)
- Encouraging or bringing a young performer to come perform at YAPI
- Coming to YAPI to listen to the performers and being a supportive audience member
- Helping to get people on the YAPI email list and spreading the word about YAPI
If you are reading this and would like to be added to the YAPI email list, or if you know of anyone who would like to be added to the list, please email your/their name and email address to BFreed1@earthlink.net with “Add to YAPI Mailing List” as the subject. Brenda will send only YAPI email reminders and news following each YAPI event.
See you at the next YAPI monthly community event!