Orchestra Member Information

For members of the GWYOA orchestras

Rehearsal Times & Locations

GWYOA rehearsals and the Winter Concert are held at Westchester Community College’s Academic Arts Building near parking lot #4. 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595 (see Contact & Directions for map).

Elementary Strings (ES): 6:45 pm - 8:20 pm, on the Ground Floor. 
Please arrive by 6:30 pm for time to unpack and tune instruments.
What to bring to EVERY rehearsalfilled water bottle (no sugary drinks, no GUM), folding music standmusic folder (supplied) containing ALL the musicsharpened pencil, cellos and bassists rock stops.
Please take note of your scheduled “volunteer date” for chair set-up & break-down. 

Junior Strings (JS): 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm, ground floor. 
Please arrive by 6:30 pm for time to unpack and tune instruments. 
Please bring to every rehearsal: filled water bottle (no sugary drinks), music stand, sheet music, folder, sharpened pencil, and mute. Cellos and bassists bring rock stops.

Youth Symphony (YS): 7:00 pm - 9 pm, second floor stage. 
Please arrive by 6:45 pm for time to unpack and tune instruments.
Please bring to every rehearsal: folding music stand, music folder and sharpened pencil. Cellos and bassists bring rock stops. You may bring a water bottle, however food and drink are otherwise not permitted in the rehearsal area. Members should put away chairs and music stands, and return music folders at the end of rehearsal.

2017-2018 Rehearsal & Concert Calendar


2017 Monday night rehearsals
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9 (Note: Columbus Day), 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4

2018 Monday night rehearsals
January 8, (Note: No practice on 15 due to MLK), 22 (Lewis-Lionti Concert), 29
February 5, 12, (Note: No practice on 19 due to President’s Day), 26
March 5, 12, 19, 
(Note: No practice on 26 due to Spring Break)
April 2, 9, 16, 23 (recordings)

All-GWYOA Concerts

Winter Concert at WCC:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm, WCC Academic Arts Building. Ticket price will be a suggested donation at the door.  Student arrival time and more information to follow.

Spring Gala Concert:
Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 1:30 pm, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC.  Tickets are available for purchase through Lincoln Center’s box office a few weeks before the concert. Seating is general admission, although you will be asked to choose seats when purchasing tickets. Student BUS transportation from WCC is provided - and is REQUIREDBuses depart WCC at approximately 10:00 am.  Transportation home from Lincoln Center is NOT provided.

Orchestra-Specific Events

Elementary Strings Tours:
The multiple venues, daylong tours offer students the opportunity to polish their performances for upcoming concerts.

Fall Tour: Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Approximate times: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Bus to and from WCC is provided. Snow date:  Friday, December 8.

Spring Tour: Thursday, April 26, 2018.  Approximate times:  8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Bus to and from WCC is provided.

Elementary Strings Sectional Rehearsals:  2 Sunday Sectional Rehearsals—1 in Fall; 1 in Spring—date to be determined

Junior Strings Concert:
  • TBA

Youth Symphony Concert & Lewis-Lionti Concerto Competition:

  • January 22, 2018, WCC Academic Arts Building Stage during regular rehearsal time, no charge.

Downloadable PDF Forms

Inclement Weather Policy 

GWYOA follows the Westchester Community College decisions for bad weather closures.  Please check the WCC website (http://www.sunywcc.edu), call the WCC Information number at 914-606-6900, or contact your conductor/parent liaisons when in doubt.  Should a rehearsal be cancelled for weather, we will notify you by email.  Please make sure we always have your current email address.    

Concert Attire

Elementary Strings:
Black or navy pants, black socks and shoes, white shirt with conservative, straight tie, and black jacket. No athletic shoes/sneakers. Shirt must be tucked inside pants.
OR
All white blouse, black shoes, black skirt (knee length or longer).

Junior Strings:
Black suit (or black jacket/trousers), white button-down shirt, long tie (doesn't need to be black), black socks and shoes. No athletic shoes/sneakers.
OR
Black dress, ankle or floor-length, or black blouse (3/4 sleeved or longer) and ankle- or floor-length skirt or concert trousers, black tights, black closed-toe shoes.  Please note that leggings are not a substitute for black trousers.  No short sleeves, please.

Youth Symphony:
Black suit (black jacket/trousers), white button-down shirt, long tie (doesn't need to be black), black socks and shoes. No athletic shoes/sneakers.
OR
Full length black dress, or black blouse with black skirt or concert trousers, black tights, black closed-toe shoes. No short sleeves, top must be ¾ sleeve or longer. Dress/skirt/trouser must be ankle or floor length. Please note that leggings are not a substitute for black trousers.