Westchester Junior Strings Orchestra

2018-2019 Information

2018-2019 JS Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

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

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26

Sunday, November 18 - Junior Strings Sectional Rehearsal

December 3

Thursday, December 6, 6:30 PM - Junior Strings Fall Concert @ The Westchester

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

Concert attire required.

Sunday, December 9, 1:00 PM - Winter Concert at WCC (recorded).


January 7

January 14 - Lewis-Lionti Concert 6:45 PM (Youth Symphony performing, all welcome to attend)

January 21 - no rehearsal: Martin Luther King day

January 28

February 4

February 11

February 18 - no rehearsal: President’s Day

February 25

March 4

March 11

March 18

March 25 - Junior Strings Cassatt Quartet, concert and sectional rehearsals

April 1

April 8

April 15 - no rehearsal: Spring Break

April 22 - Recordings (Approximate timing to be finalized on 4/8)

ES report at 6:15, record 6:30 -7:15

JS report at 6:20, record 7:15 - 8:15

YS report to top floor at 7:45, record 8:15 - 9:15

Thursday, April 25 - Junior Strings Spring Concert, Andrus on Hudson, 6:00 - 6:45 pm.

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 - 8:30 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), no GUM

- music stand

- music folder

- sharpened pencil

- cellos and bassists 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

Fall Concert - Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:30 PM – Musicians to arrive at 5:50 pm for 6:30 pm performance. Location: Savor Food Hall on level 4, The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601, Mall map: https://www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester/map/#/ , Concert attire required (see below)

Winter Concert - Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM - at Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. 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.

Spring Concert: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:00 pmAndrus on Hudson, Thursday, April 25th. (Arrival time will be 5:30; we will be done around 6:45.) Andrus on Hudson (http://www.andrusonhudson.org/).

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. 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

Junior Strings Sectional Rehearsals:

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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.

Westchester Junior Strings Orchestra 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 / Mrs. Karen Reyes: karen.reyes@gwyoa.org


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.


Full tuition for the 2018-2019 season is $530.

Families with more than one child in the GWYOA are entitled to a 10% tuition reduction off each child’s tuition = $477.

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:


P.O. Box 111

100 Fisher Ave

White Plains, NY 10602

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.