Westchester Youth Symphony Orchestra

2018-2019 Information

Westchester Youth Symphony Orchestra - is still accepting auditions for musicians that play STRING BASS (grades 10-12) and BASSOON (grades 9-12). Auditions for all other instruments have concluded. Thank you.

2018-2019 YS Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

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

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26

December 3

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

January 7, 14 - Lewis-Lionti Concert, (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)

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: 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.

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.

Lewis-Lionti Concerto Concert - Monday, January 14, 2019 at Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. During regular rehearsal time (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm). No admission charge.

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 suit (black jacket/trousers), white button-down shirt, long tie (does not 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.

General Information

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 Youth Symphony Orchestra Contact Information:

Conductor: Victor Lionti: victor.lionti@gwyoa.org

Conductor: Vincent Lionti: vincent.lionti@gwyoa.org

Parent Liaison: Maria Pence: maria.pence@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 $550.

Families with more than one child in GWYOA are entitled to a 10% tuition reduction off each child’s tuition = $495.

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