2014 Sounds of the Season

The Chafin Concert Strings Orchestra and the Symphonic Youth Orchestra were both invited to perform for the FOX 29 Sounds of the Season. The event will be televised at the following times:

   On FOX 29:

•   December 19th at 9:00 and 9:30 PM

•   December 21st at 5:00 and 5:30 PM

•   December 24th at 9:00 and 9:30 PM

•   December 25th at 12:00, 12:30, 9:00, and 9:30 PM


   On CW Lake Charles:

•   December 24 at 1:00 and 1:30 PM

•   December 25 at 1:00 and 1:30 PM


       Katie Evans, the instructor of the Pat Chafin String Ensemble and the Chafin Concert Strings Orchestra, is completing her second music education degree at McNeese. She is also currently teaching strings orchestra classes at Oak Park Middle School.

         Arthur Odenheimer was selected for both District V Honor Band and the All American Band, based in New York City. He will also be performing with the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

       Thomas Odenheimer was selected for both District V Honor Band and All State Band.

         Danley Romero has performed in multiple capacities recently: he performed at the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast, and with the Children’s Theatre Company for a production of the stage play Oz.

Fall Class Cancellations

       The FGBYO will not have classes on November 24-28, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The semester will end on December 15 with the Christmas Concert. Please note that the CPSB In-Service days do not affect the FGBYO classes.

Christmas Concert Preparations

         It’s time to start planning the reception for the Christmas concert! Please contact Kimberly Kane [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] if you are interested in helping, especially with providing food.


Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana       Calcasieu Parish Police Jury       City Of Lake Charles       D'Addario Foundation        Louisiana Division of the Arts       National String Project Consortium


Rock Raizer Donation

       The Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra would like to formally and publically thank the Rock Raizer Foundation (through Dave Evans, owner of Luna's Bar and Grill) for their generous contribution. Without them, and other sponsors like them, it would be impossible for the FGBYO to continue serving the students of the Lake Area through offering musical oppurtunities. The Rock Raizer Foundation is based in Austin, Texas and can be found online at www.rockraizer.org.

Our Mission

When music and the human spirit connect, the lives of mankind and womankind are enriched. It is the mission of the Dr. Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, founded in August of 1994, to teach about great music and its role in human history as well as to teach applied music by providing educational and performance experiences in an orchestral environment.



  • Orchestral Literature
  • Orchestral Performance Skills
  • Orchestral Preparations
  • Music Reading
  • Music Theory
  • Music Appreciation
  • The study of music composers and musical styles
  • The understanding of music they are playing and who wrote it


Fostering the talent of young Musicians


As they pursue their musical dreams

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