Orchestra Member Information
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings. Rehearsals and the Winter Concert are held at the Academic Arts Building, Westchester Community College, near Parking lot #4. 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595 (see Contact for maps).
Westchester Youth Symphony (YS)
Rehearsal Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, rehearsals are on the second floor stage of the auditorium. Please arrive by 6:45 pm for time to unpack and tune instruments.
What to bring to EVERY rehearsal: folding music stand, music folder and sharpened pencil. Cellos/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.
Westchester Junior Strings (JS)
Rehearsal Time: 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm, on the Ground Floor. Please arrive by 6:30 pm for time to unpack and tune instruments.
What to 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.
Westchester Elementary Strings (ES)
Rehearsal Time: 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 rehearsal: filled water bottle (no sugary drinks, no GUM), folding music stand, music folder (supplied) containing ALL the music, sharpened pencil, cellos and bassists rock stops.
Please take note of your scheduled “volunteer date” for chair set-up & break-down.
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
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)
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.
Winter Concert at WCC:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm, WCC Academic Arts Building. Ticket price will be a $15.00 suggested donation at the door (cash or check only). 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 REQUIRED. Buses depart WCC at approximately 10:00 am. Transportation home from Lincoln Center is NOT provided.
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:
- Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:30pm at Andrus on Hudson: Click here for information
Lewis-Lionti Sonata and Youth Symphony Concert:
- Monday, January 22, 2018, 7 pm, WCC Academic Arts Building Stage, free admission. Click here to view Concert program.
Attendance & Behavior Policy
Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Inappropriate behavior, excessive tardiness and absences (excused or not) jeopardize the orchestra’s ability to perform and will necessitate a review by the conductor with the Board of Directors. More than two absences per semester will be considered excessive and may constitute grounds for dismissal. Cell phones and other electronics are to be silenced and out-of-sight during rehearsals.
Two Sunday Sectional Rehearsals (1 per semester) to be scheduled. The fall Sectional Rehearsal will be announced in September. The spring semester Sectional Rehearsal date is Sunday, March 11, 2018. Please download PDF form for complete information.
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.
All white blouse, black shoes, black skirt (knee length or longer).
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.
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.
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.
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.