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Flagler Youth Orchestra Leader Umbarger Wins Florida Book Award for 1st Novel

| February 5, 2012

Caren Umbarger, the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s artistic director, won a bronze medal for “Coming To,” her first novel, about a woman struggling for liberation from an imperious husband in Depression-era Iowa.

Memories of River City: “The Music Man” Then and Now

| February 13, 2011

Caren Umbarger, artistic director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra, grew up in Mason City, the real setting for “The Music Man”‘s River City, and both her grandfather knew Meredith Willson, the musical’s author, personally. She recalls her youth–and previews the show.

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