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Spring Gala Concert
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Through these difficult times, the GWYOA is continuing to be dedicated to the development of young people's musicianship through rehearsing and performing together. We aim to provide an excellent grounding in cooperation, help young people develop self-esteem, and promote harmony in our ethnically diverse community through classical music training.
Welcome to a New Season of the GWYOA
Welcome to a New Season of the GWYOA
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 email@example.com 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
Mr. Harry Alshin, a string teacher in the Scarsdale school system, sowed the seeds for the GWYOA in 1955. Mr. Alshin first organized and conducted a countywide orchestra for junior high school students, preparing the young participants for the first youth orchestra which was established 2 years later.
The Westchester Youth Symphony, a high school age group, has had only 5 conductors since its inception. The longest tenure is held to date by Victor Lionti who took over the baton in 1970 and maintained it for 25 years. The current conductor, his son, Vincent Lionti, played viola with the GWYOA from the age of 12 through high school. He conducted the Westchester Junior Strings from 1990 until 1996 when he followed in his fathers footsteps and moved onto leading the Westchester Youth Symphony.
Maestro Alshin, the founder of the Westchester Junior Strings remained with that group until he retired in the 1980’s. Dale Lewis was the next conductor until Vincent Lionti came on board in 1990. The Westchester Elementary Strings was organized in 1983 and was first conducted by Jacqueline Stern. She moved onto the Westchester Junior Strings in 1996. It was at that time that Bernard Klinger joined the GWYOA as the conductor of the Westchester Elementary Strings.
During the early years, GWYOA was sponsored by Westchester County and rehearsals were held in the basement of the County Center. There was also a 6 week sleep away summer camp co-sponsored by the GWYOA and the county at Croton Point. Now, GWYOA works in cooperation with the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY, where weekly rehearsals are held.
The GWYOA orchestras perform in a wide range of venues. In the past they have been honored to perform at:
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.