Grace junior featured soloist at Tyler Youth Orchestra concert

Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:02 - Written by Staff Reports

This is an edited version of a news release from Tyler Youth Orchestra ….


Travis Roberts, a junior at Grace School, will be the featured soloist at Tyler Youth Orchestra’s Noted Circle Concert and Dinner 4 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., said an announcement from the orchestra.

Roberts, 16, who plays clarinet, will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino in Eb Op. 26 under direction of Michael Grinnell.

“It is such an honor to have this opportunity to play for the Noted Circle Concert and fun to hear this Concertino with a full orchestra,” said Roberts in the news release. “The TYO musicians and I are very fortunate in Tyler to have a Youth Orchestra that gives us the performance experience, music camps, competitions that colleges require.”

In January, Roberts placed third in a competition sponsored by Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras. Last summer, he was accepted in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Clarinet Program and, on saxophone, the Interlochen Arts Camp Jazz Program.

He is in TMEA/ATSSB All State Band and on saxophone made 16th in state at TMEA Jazz Band competition.

Originally a student of Howard Galletly, he studies with Sarah Roberts at Tyler Junior College and Dr. Andrew Crisanti of Fort Worth.

At Grace, he is in honor societies, the band, choir, cross-country and baseball teams. He has received Outstanding Band Member Award and performed in musicals. He is in Junior Symphony League Honor Guard and received Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

Roberts is active at Christ Episcopal Church and has participated in Pine Cove Summer Christian Camps and Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Summer Baseball Camp.

He also performs with Marvin Methodist Church Orchestra, Fifth Street Presbyterian Orchestra and for Christ Episcopal Church.