Westchester Elementary Strings Orchestra

2018-2019 Information

2018-2019 ES Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

September (10 - no rehearsal: Rosh Hashanah), 17, 24

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sunday, October 21 - Elementary Strings Sectional Rehearsals

November 5, 12, 19, 26

December 3

December 5 - Crowne Plaza White Plains Holiday Performance

Thursday, December 6 (snow Dec. 7) - Elementary Strings Fall Concert Tour

Sunday, December 9 - GWYOA Winter Concert at WCC (recorded).

January 7, 14 - Lewis-Lionti Concert (Youth Symphony) , (21 - no rehearsal: Martin Luther King day), 28

February 4, 11, (18 - no rehearsal: President’s Day), 25

March 4, 11, 18, 25

April 1, 8, 15, 22 (recording session)

Friday, April 26 - Elementary Strings Spring Concert Tour (details to follow)

Sunday, April 28 - Spring Gala Concert at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

Rehearsal Times and Location

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings. Rehearsals and the Winter Concert are held at Westchester Community Colleges Academic Arts Building near Parking lot #4.

(see http://www.gwyoa.org/contact for map).

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

- music stand

- music folder (supplied) containing ALL the music

- sharpened pencil

- cello and bass ROCK STOPS

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 or parent liaison 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 Information

Crowne Plaza White Plains Holiday Performance - Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Crowne Plaza White Plains / Downtown (website / map). Students need to arrive between 4:30 - 4:45 PM. Performance starts at 5:00 PM and should end between 5:45 - 6:00 PM. Concert or holiday attire required. Public parking is available just past Crowne Plaza entrance on Hale Avenue. Parents, family and friends welcome.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018 (Snow date: Friday, December 7) - Bus to / from WCC is provided. Board bus: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Winter Concert - Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM at Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. Ticket price will be a $15 suggested donation at the door. General seating.

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

Friday, April 26, 2019 - Bus to / from WCC is provided. Approximate times: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Spring Gala Concert - Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 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 may 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.

Concert Attire:

Concert attire, as specified below, is required at all performances.

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 or concert trousers (knee length or longer).

General Information

Sectional Rehearsals:

1 in Fall (Sunday, October 21, 2018) and 1 in Spring (Sunday, March 10, 2019)

Attendance and Behavior:

See Musicians' Contract: Item #1 states “Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Inappropriate behavior, excessive tardiness and absences (excused or not) jeopardizes the orchestra’s ability to perform and will necessitate a review by the conductor with the Board of Directors. More than two (2) absences per semester will be considered excessive and may constitute grounds for dismissal.” Cell phones and electronics must be silenced and out of sight during rehearsals.

Parent Volunteers:

Parents will be given a list of volunteer dates at the first rehearsal for: assisting the conductor with setting up the rehearsal room before rehearsal, monitoring behavior during rehearsal, and restoring room to original setup and condition after the rehearsal. Parents will be asked to volunteer once or twice per season, if you have a conflict on an assigned date, you may swap dates with another parent. Please arrive by 6:10 pm on your assigned date.

Westchester Elementary Strings Orchestra Contact Information:

Conductor: Bernard Klinger: bernard.klinger@gwyoa.org

Parent Liaisons: Mrs. Grace Baccay: grace.baccay@gwyoa.org / Mrs. Iris Wong: iris.wong@gwyoa.org


ES ARCHIVE

Musicians' Contract and Tuition

Congratulations! Welcome to the 2018-2019 season of the GWYOA .

In order to hold your seat in the orchestra, you must complete and submit the Musicians' Contract and pay your Tuition by August 1, 2018. Wait Listed musicians will be offered your seat after the deadline.

Tuition

Full tuition for the 2018-2019 season is $490.

Families with more than one child in GWYOA are entitled to a 10% tuition reduction off each child’s tuition = $441.

If you need to make payments in installments, please make arrangements via email: treasurer@gwyoa.org

Refund policy:

100% refund before the 1st rehearsal (minus $20 processing fee); 75% refund after 1st rehearsal (minus $20 processing fee); 50% after 2nd rehearsal (minus $20 processing fee); 25% after 3rd rehearsal (minus $20 processing fee); no refund after 4th rehearsal.

To make a payment by Credit Card or PayPal, please choose tuition amount (see above), fill in the Musicians Full Name and click the Pay Now button. Please make a separate payment for each child.

To make payment by check, please make payable to: GWYOA, write Musicians Full Name(s) on the notes section of the check (you may combine multiple musician payments on one check) and mail to:

GWYOA

P.O. Box 111

100 Fisher Ave

White Plains, NY 10602

Elementary Strings Crowne Plaza Concert - Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:00 PM

Once again this year, Elementary Strings has been given the honor of kicking-off the Holiday Season at the Crowne Plaza White Plains / Downtown (website / map). Performing a selection of Holiday Melodies and Carols, as well as their Winter Concert program. Followed by the Crowne Plaza's Tree Lighting ceremony.

Students need to arrive between 4:30 - 4:45 PM. They will be directed to a location to store coats and cases and to tune instruments. Performance starts at 5:00 PM and should end between 5:45 - 6:00 PM. Concert or holiday attire required. Public parking is available just past Crowne Plaza entrance on Hale Avenue. Parents, family and friends welcome.

4:30 - 4:45 PM — Arrive at Crowne Plaza to tune and set up

5:00 PM — Performance begins. Followed by tree lighting ceremony. Ends between 5:45 - 6:00 PM

Dress: Either concert dress (see below) or colorful, seasonal attire

Elementary Strings Fall Concert Tour Itinerary, 2018

Thursday, December 6 (snow date: Dec. 7)

8:00 AM — Board Bus at WCC, parking lot #4

8:20 AM — Depart for Fox Meadow School — 59 Brewster Rd., Scarsdale, 10583, 914-721-2720

9:00 AM — Arrive at Fox Meadow School

9:30 AM — 10:05 AM Performance at Fox Meadow

10:15 AM — Depart for The Ambassador, Scarsdale — 9 Saxon Woods Rd., White Plains NY 10605

10:30 AM — Arrive at The Ambassador, Scarsdale –914-428-3782

11:00 AM — Performance at The Ambassador

11:45 AM — Depart for Racanelli Pizza and Brew — 85 Knollwood Rd., Greenburgh, 10607, 914-946-5211

12:00-1:20 PM — Lunch at Racanelli Pizza and Brew

1:30 PM — Depart for Northern Metropolitan Health Care Facility — 225 Maple Ave., Monsey, NY, 10952, 845-352-9000

2:15 PM — Arrive at Northern Metropolitan Health Care Facility

2:30-3:15 PM — Performance at Northern Metropolitan Health Care Facility

------------pack up and snack at Northern Metropolitan Health Care Facility

3:45 PM — Depart for Westchester Community College

4:00 PM Parent Pick-up, Parking Lot #4, Westchester Community College

BRING THE FOLLOWING:

1. MUSIC, FOLDER, and MUSIC STAND

2. Instrument, bow, extra strings, shoulder pad

3. CELLOS/BASSES: ROCK STOPS—This is ESSENTIAL!

Put your NAME on ALL your Belongings

DRESS CODE: Wear your Concert Attire (see below)

GWYOA Winter Concert - Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM

VENUE: Westchester Community College's, Hankin Academic Arts Building Auditorium (map).

PARKING: The nearest parking lot to the venue is Lot #4 (same as rehearsals), but you must climb a hill to get to the Auditorium entrance, which may be difficult for some of our grandparents. Please see the overhead map and instructions for Handicap drop off route. Musicians and Guests proceed up the hill towards the regular rehearsal room, Musicians (and Guests that need to use the elevator) head left to the sign for the GREEN ROOM building side entrance, Guests continue up the hill to Auditorium entrance.

TICKETS: $15 suggested donation at the door. Seating is general admission.

PROGRAM*: Elementary Strings - 1:00 PM, Junior Strings - 1:45 PM, Youth Symphony - 2:45 PM (* Anticipated starting time, performances will NOT begin earlier. )

DRESS CODE: Concert Attire is required (see below)

BRING THE FOLLOWING:

1. MUSIC, FOLDER, and STAND

2. Instrument, bow, extra strings, shoulder pad

3. CELLOS/BASSES: ROCK STOPS—This is ESSENTIAL!

12:30 PM — Arrive at regular Rehearsal Room

12:45 PM — Proceed upstairs to stage

1:00 PM — Performance begins

MUSICIANS this is a recorded concert, make sure your music, stands, and chairs are organized and ready for the entire concert. Absolutely no talking, plucking, etc.

After their performance, ES members will exit the stage and proceed back to their Rehearsal Room to pack up and gather their belongings. PARENTS please make sure your child knows WHERE TO MEET YOU, as last year a few tears were shed with students not knowing where their parents were.