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 (approx. 1-4pm, details TBA)

December 3

Thursday, December 6 - Junior Strings Fall Concert @ The Westchester Mall

125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601, Mall map: https://www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester/map/#/

Time to be announced. Concert attire required.

Sunday, December 9 - 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)

Thursday, April 25 - Junior Strings Spring Concert (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 - 8:30 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

Excerpts for Principal Auditions

Cello 10/22

Tchaikovsky III: ms 33-56

Danzon: ms 52-64 and 74-81

Don Quixote: 1st mvt. C-D

Violin II 10/29

Tchaikovsky II: ms 14-31

III: ms 17-33

Danzon: ms 62-74

Fantasia on a Theme: ms 31-47

Violin I 11/5

Fantasia on a Theme: ms 63 to end (the solo)

Tchaikovsky II: ms 14-31 and 69-86 (with solo)

Danzon: ms 56-74

Don Quixote: last mvt., bottom two lines

Viola 11/12

Tchaikovsky I: ms 17-25 and 49-57

II: ms 78-96 (solo)

Danzon: ms 62-81

Bass 11/12

Tchaikovsky I: ms 5-8

III: ms 33-49

Don Quixote: Overture, beginning to B and I to K

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have ANY QUESTIONS about these excerpts!

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

Winter Concert - Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. Ticket price will be a suggested donation at the door. Musician arrival time and more information to follow.

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.

Fall and Spring Concerts – Will be scheduled prior to the Winter Concert and Spring Gala Concert, allowing musicians the opportunity to fine tune their performances for the upcoming concerts.

Fall Concert: Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Time and location to be announced.

Spring Concert: Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Time and location to be announced.

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 (tentative date, info to follow)

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 Liaison: Mrs. Cricket Powell: cricket.powell@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 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