The Westchester Youth Symphony is currently accepting auditions for musicians who play:
Trombone, Tuba, or Piccolo
For the Spring semester beginning on January 10, 2022
If you are a musician the plays trombone, tuba or piccolo, entered grades 9-12 in September 2021, and would like to be contacted for an audition, please complete this form.
In case of a last minute change to the schedule, it is extremely important that we have your current contact information. Updates may be sent to Parent Liaisons of your child's orchestra.
Monday, January 3 - CANCELLED
Monday, January 17 - HOLIDAY, No rehearsal
Monday, January 10
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Monday, May 2
Sunday, May 8 - Spring Gala Concert,
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Welcome Conductor Feldman!
The Westchester Youth Symphony has had only five conductors since its inception. Harry Alshin sowed the seeds for a Westchester-based youth orchestra in 1955. Dale Lewis was the next conductor, followed by Victor Lionti, who took over the baton in 1970 and maintained it for 25 years.
His son, Vincent Lionti, followed in his father's footsteps and in 1996 began passionately guiding the Westchester Youth Symphony for the next 24 years.
Tragically, Vincent passed away on April 3, 2020 from a COVID-19 related illness.
Following the incomprehensible loss of Vincent, the GWYOA board of directors appointed Kathleen Coletta Feldman to the position of interim conductor for the COVID challenged 2020-2021 season.
Conductor Feldman's dedicated enthusiasm during the difficult season, combined with her boundless energy, knowledge, expertise, and rapport with her musicians surpassed the board's expectations.
On November 3, 2021 the board appointed her permanent conductor.
Elementary Strings: Arrival: 5:00 pm, Rehearsal: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm - Tutak Hall
Junior Strings: Arrival: 6:45 pm, Rehearsal: 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm - Gym
Youth Symphony: Arrival: 7:00 pm, Rehearsal: 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm - Tutak Hall
Rehearsals will be held at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church: 1131 North St., White Plains, NY 10605 - Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/xw9MTEMCWDdy5PHP7
Overhead Map: https://www.gwyoa.org/home/st-gregory
Full tuition for the 2021-2022 season:
Elementary Strings: $515, Junior Strings: $555, Youth Symphony: $580
Families with multiple children in the GWYOA are entitled to a 10% tuition reduction off of each child's tuition (Sibling Discount). Make sure you select the appropriate amount on the drop down menu.
Please note: through the generosity of the Stanley C. “Staś” Chmielewski and Dr. Herman L. Eberhardt Scholarship Fund, tuition assistance is available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Refund policy: 100% refund before the 1st rehearsal*; 75% refund after 1st rehearsal*; 50% after 2nd rehearsal*; 25% after 3rd rehearsal*; no refund after 4th rehearsal.
* minus $50 processing fee
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About the GWYOA
The Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras Association is dedicated to the development of young people’s musicianship through rehearsing and performing together.
The GWYOA is a not-for-profit organization providing excellent grounding in cooperation, helping young people to develop self- esteem, and promoting harmony in our ethnically diverse community through classical music training. Founded in 1953, the GWYOA consists of three orchestras made up of students in grades four through twelve from Westchester County, NY, and from the surrounding counties in the Tri-State area, working in cooperation with the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. All three of the orchestras perform Winter and Spring Concerts each year.
History of the GWYOA
The GWYOA orchestras perform in a wide range of venues. In the past they have been honored to perform at:
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
MENC Eastern Division Conference
NYSSMA State Conferences
White Plains Performing Arts Center
1976 Bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia
Various local nursing homes, elementary and middle schools.