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Profiles of the Orchestras

Elementary Strings

The Westchester Elementary Strings, comprised of 60 to 65 students in grades four through six, provides a unique opportunity for young string players to begin their orchestral training. For many, it is their first opportunity to play with a group of musicians with similar abilities. The orchestra offers its members the opportunity to advance their skills and participate in an array of concerts at sites ranging from local schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.

Junior Strings

The original GWYOA orchestra, the Westchester Junior Strings currently consists of 75 to 80 students in grades seven through nine. Participation in the Junior Strings allows young musicians to hone their playing technique, improve their sight-reading, and further develop ensemble skills. They play a wide variety of compositions from Baroque to Contemporary, and have had orchestral works composed for them.

Youth Symphony

Considered one of America’s foremost youth orchestras, the Westchester Youth Symphony is a full orchestra, including string players in grades ten through twelve and wind, brass and percussion students in grades nine and above. This ensemble is comprised of 120 to 130 gifted musicians who have demonstrated advanced ability and musicality. The Lionti-Lewis Concerto Competition recognizes outstanding members of the orchestra’s graduating class each year.