Lucas Buterbaugh
Lucas Buterbaugh

Have you wondered what it takes to become part of the next generation of master musicians? Start early, perhaps by age 7 (check); connect with a master teacher, perhaps by sixth grade (check); show genuine talent (check); show a great love for music  (check); participate in youth orchestras, (check); do well in selected competitions (check).

Lucas Buterbaugh has done all this and more. He will perform, along with his teacher, Mary Beth Tyndall, Assistant Principal Cello for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in an 11:30 a.m. concert Tuesday (April 1) at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Buterbaugh is currently a junior at Catalina Foothills High School and a member of the Tucson Junior Strings and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. Last year he was selected for the Arizona All-State Orchestra, where he was assistant principal cellist. Lucas won first place in the Civic Orchestra of Tucson Young Artists Competition in 2011 and has ranked highly in other competitions.

He has attended music summer camps since he was 10 years old including Rocky Ridge Music Center and interlochen Arts Camp where last year he was a member of the World Youth Symphony and served as principal cellist for the final concert. He returns this summer on a full scholarship.

Mary Beth Tyndall
Mary Beth Tyndall

Tyndall will accompany Buterbaugh on the piano in a sonata by Sammartini and short works by Faure, Debussy and Popper. The two will play cello duets by Barriere, Minsky, and others.

Tyndall, who will be making a repeat visit to the Arizona Senior Academy, has been with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1980 and is a member of the Southwest String Quartet. She is a very active cello instructor with students ranging from kindergarten on up.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Ball State University and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and has studied with an impressive group of cello instructors.

Submitted by Wayne Magee, Academy Village Volunteer

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