RHS trumpeter joins ranks of prestigious area orchestra

Chloe Beck is a Rockford freshman, a busy young girl with wide aspirations for high school that include not only academic achievements, but a chance to trumpet her musical success, as well.

Rockford High freshman Chloe Beck plays a mean, and awesome, trumpet. (Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)
Rockford High freshman Chloe Beck plays a mean, and awesome, trumpet. (Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is a pretty prestigious organization. It was founded in the early seventies to seek out motivated music students from the area to create an educational orchestra program. The list of esteemed musicians and conductors who have been associated with this organization is plentiful, including Aaron Copland, Leonard Slatkin, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Roberto Abbado, and Osmo Vänskä. This is an impressive program that reaches out to young area musicians, tapping those it feels are particularly talented to join their ranks. They audition hundreds of young hopefuls each year.

This year, they extended an invite to Chloe Beck and her trumpet.

Chloe comes from a musical family. Both her parents play (her father trumpet, her mother clarinet, her sister saxophone), so you might think that her comfort level and love for brass is predisposed. And, that’s possible. But, Chloe does practice her trumpet each and every day, which lends to the skill level she’s playing at. Though she auditioned at her own grade level, she was bumped up by judges to the one above it.

Jerald Ferdig, Rockford Band Director, encouraged Chloe to try out for GTCYS. She says that he’s been a big part in her success, always challenging her, and is glad that she took his advice. She recommends other youth musicians participate in the GRCYS auditions.

And, when she’s not playing music, she’s dancing to it.

Chloe will participate with the RHS Dance Line at Rockford’s Homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 5.