2021-2022 Schedule

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, September 13

Monday, September 20

Monday, September 27

Monday, October 4

Monday, October 18

Monday, October 25

Monday, November 1

Monday, November 8

Monday, November 15

Monday, November 22

Monday, November 29

Monday, December 6

Sunday, December 12
Winter Concert, tentative date

Monday, January 3

Monday, January 10

Monday, January 24

Monday, January 31

Monday, February 7

Monday, February 14

Monday, February 28

Monday, March 7

Monday, March 14

Monday, March 21

Monday, March 28

Monday, April 4

Monday, April 18

Monday, April 25

Monday, May 2

Sunday, May 8
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.

Congratulations Musicians!
Welcome to a New Season of the GWYOA

Rehearsal Times

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

Rehearsal Location

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 treasurer@gwyoa.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

2021-2022 Announcements

Greenwich Symphony Orchestra's Teen Talent Contest

Congratulations to GWYOA JS members Jordan Pak and Aniketh Arvind, for winning in the 6th-8th Grade division, and YS member Alex Pak who received an Honorable Mention in the 9th-12th Grade division of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra's Teen Talent Contest.

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.

Performance Venues

The GWYOA orchestras perform in a wide range of venues. In the past they have been honored to perform at:

  • Carnegie Hall

  • David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

  • Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

  • Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

  • Ellis Island

  • Kennedy 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.