Westchester Junior Strings Orchestra

2019-2020 Information

JS Announcements:

Dear Junior Strings musicians and parents,

​Below you will find dates and the required excerpts for our principal auditions. Note that I have pushed all the dates forward by a week to give you a little more time to prepare.

​Also note that we DO have rehearsal on Veterans' Day (Nov. 11). Other dates to have in your calendar include our sectionals on Sunday, Dec. 1, our program at The Westchester Mall on Dec. 12 and the WCC concert on Dec. 15.

​Happy practicing!,

Ms. Stern jacqueline.stern@gwyoa.org


VIOLIN II, Oct. 21

Bartok “Rumanian,” mvt. VII (Maruntel): #6 to end

Signs of Life: measures 17-35

Mozart Romanza: beginning to A

VIOLIN I, Oct. 28

Bartok “Rumanian,” mvt. III (Pe Loc) and...

... mvt. IV (Buciumeana) #4 to end

Signs of Life: #104 to end

VIOLA, Nov. 4

Bartok “Rumanian,” mvt. V (Poarga): #5 to end

Mozart Romanza, B to D

Signs of Life: beginning to meas. 17

BASS, Nov. 4

Bartok “Rumanian,” mvt. V (Poarga): #5 to end

Mozart Romanza, F to G

Signs of Life: meas. 51-57 and 100 to end

CELLO, Nov. 11 (please note that this is Veterans’ Day - we do have rehearsal)

Bartok “Rumanian,” mvt V (Poarga), #5 to end

Mozart Romanza, F to G

Signs of Life: beginning to meas. 17 and meas. 100 to end

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 - 8:30 PM, on the Ground Floor. Please arrive by 6:30 PM for time to unpack and tune instruments.

What to bring to EVERY rehearsal: At the first rehearsal of each semester, each musician will be issued a folder with sharpened pencil and music, and this MUST be brought to each rehearsal, along with a folding music stand with your name on each removable part, extra set of strings (basses excluded), cellos and bassists bring rock stops, anything else you need for your instrument and filled water bottle (no sugary drinks). All musicians other than bassists should also have a mute – I recommend the rubber “Tourte” type. Be sure you don't get a "practice mute;" that's for a different purpose.

Mutes available from SharMusic.com: Violin / Viola , Cello

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.

Concerts and Special Rehearsals

Fall Concert - Thursday, December 12, 2019 – details to come

Junior Strings Fall Sectional Rehearsal - Sunday, December 1, 1:15 - 4:00 pm

Junior Strings Fall Concert - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Info to come

GWYOA Winter Concert - Sunday, December 15, 2019 (snow date Dec. 16), Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. Recorded concert, JS musicians need to arrive at 1:15 PM at regular Rehearsal Room for 1:45 PM performance. Tickets: $15 suggested donation at the door. Seating is general admission.

Special Rehearsal and Sectionals - Monday, March 23

Spring Concert: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – details to come

Spring Gala Concert - Sunday, April 26, 2020 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. Report to WCC parking lot #4 for bus to Lincoln Center at 9:50 AM. Transportation back to WCC from Lincoln Center is NOT provided.

Concert Attire:

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

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.

General Information

Attendance and Behavior:

As per the 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.

Westchester Junior Strings Contact Information:

Conductor: Jacqueline Stern: jacqueline.stern@gwyoa.org

Parent Liaisons: Mrs. Amy Chan: amy.chan@gwyoa.org / Mrs. Cricket Powell: cricket.powell@gwyoa.org


Junior Strings Concert at The Westchester - Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:30 PM

Our first concert of the season will be at The Westchester at 6:30 PM, with arrival time at 5:50 PM. Parents, family and friends welcome.

VENUE: The Westchester, Savor Food Hall on level 4 - 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 (Google Map) / The Westchester Mall map: https://www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester/map/#/

It is located in White Plains at the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Westchester Avenues, exit 8 or 8W, right off Route 287.

PARKING / DROP-OFF: Parking is available at the Mall. Drop-off is at the Nordstrom Valet area; take the elevator to the 3rd floor and the escalator up one level to the Savor Food Hall on level 4. Head to the right past the coffee stand.

DRESS CODE: Concert Attire is required (see below)

BRING THE FOLLOWING: Music stand, folder, mutes, ‘cello/bass straps or rockstops and extra strings. Also, bring a reusable water bottle.

5:50 PM — Arrive at Savor Food Hall on level 4

6:30 PM — Performance begins

After their performance, JS members will be served scones baked by New Castle Scone Co. Ingredients list is available from Parent Liaisons for those with allergies, GWYOA is not responsible for monitoring or treating Members with allergies*.

PARENTS please make sure your child knows WHERE TO MEET YOU.

* Please be reminded that for students having medical or health related concerns during GWYOA events (Monday night practices, tours, concerts, sectionals, etc), the responsibility of any medical oversight for these concerns are with the parents/guardians. This is to ensure that proper attention is provided should the need arise. GWYOA cannot take on the responsibility of providing individualized care and oversight at such events.

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: Music stand, folder, mutes, ‘cello/bass straps or rockstops and extra strings. Also, bring a reusable water bottle.

1:15 PM — Junior Strings musicians Arrive at regular Rehearsal Room

1:30 PM — Proceed upstairs to stage

1:45 PM — Performance begins

MUSICIANS this is a recorded concert, make sure your music, stands, and chairs are organized and ready for the entire concert.

After their performance, JS members will exit the stage and proceed back to their Rehearsal Room to pack up and gather their belongings.

Junior Strings Spring Concert at Andrus on Hudson

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Arrival time: 5:30 pm

Performance begins: 6:00 pm (we will be done around 6:45 pm)

Location: Andrus on Hudson - 185 Old Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (http://www.andrusonhudson.org/)

Please bring a folding chair for violin and viola musicians.

Congratulations! Welcome to the 2019-2020 season of the GWYOA.

You will be redirected to Active Network to register, pay tuition and create an online account. The online account will allow you to receive GWYOA emails and keep your personal information up to date. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience, we are utilizing a new registration and management system this season, thus you will need to enter information that you had previously provided us. Thank you for your understanding!

In order to hold your seat in the orchestra, you will need to complete registration, including paying tuition, and sign the Musicians' Contract by August 1, 2019. Wait Listed musicians will be offered your seat after the deadline.

If you have multiple children in the GWYOA, please register all of them at the same time to receive the tuition Sibling Discount (see below).

PLEASE NOTE: During check out you will be offered: "PROTECT YOUR REGISTRATION FEES" – please skip, as any refunds will be offered directly through the GWYOA (see Refund Policy below). Upon completion of check out, click "No Thanks" button for "ActiveAdvantage" offer.


Full tuition for the 2019-2020 Junior Strings season is $555. A tuition installment option is now available: $250 deposit with the balance split equally between (2) installments due September 1st and October 1st. Families with multiple children in the GWYOA are entitled to a 10% tuition reduction off of each child's tuition (Sibling Discount), please make sure this is applied before checking out.

[PLEASE NOTE: the new system is not discounting the first child registered, please complete registration for all musicians, (youngest child first), then email our treasurer for a refund check. Please include information on musician's name and orchestra that DID NOT RECEIVE THE DISCOUNT.]

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

If you experience any difficulties registering or have a question, please contact us at: info@gwyoa.org