Westchester Youth Symphony Orchestra

2019-2020 Information

April 26, 2020

Virtual Symphony Deadline May 11

Dear YS Musicians,

Below is important information about our virtual symphony project. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to offer a tribute to Mr. Lionti, as well as an opportunity for us to make music together one more time this season. Your participation in this recording is entirely optional -- but for purposes of planning, please let me (kathleen.feldman@gwyoa.org) know if you have any questions or if you are unable to participate.

General Information

· The piece we will be recording is Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, arranged for full orchestra by Marc Garetto, Harmonie Editions.

· If you are able to participate, you should ABSOLUTELY NOT violate social-distancing recommendations in order to make your recording. For example, if your instrument is not accessible to you currently (percussionists, this may be particularly relevant to you), please do not violate social-distancing recommendations to get an instrument.

· We have hired a professional recording studio to assist us with the post-production work. As such, your recording must follow all the directions below. So please read everything fully prior to making your video.

Recording Directions

· For an introduction to the process, please visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kxCMHmrbYwI8YLgZ5vf3kHO1mxIOZeFV/view?usp=sharing

· Everything else you will need can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1D-xykW87jAgVkmaMCEIyijhUSbBcCjZS?usp=sharing

· All videos should be emailed to gwyoavirtualsymphony20@gmail.com by May 11. Some of the instructions were prepared in advance of this email and refer to a due date of May 1. That is no longer correct; May 11 is the actual due date.

Again, many thanks to all who participate. I look forward to working on this wonderful project with all of you.



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

GWYOA Winter Concert - Sunday, December 15, 2019 (snow date Dec. 16), Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. Recorded concert, YS musicians need to arrive at 2:45 PM for 3:15 PM performance. Tickets: $15 suggested donation at the door. Seating is general admission.

Lewis-Lionti Sonata Concert - Monday, January 13, 2020 (snow date Jan. 27) - Westchester Community College’s, Hankin Academic Arts Building. Youth Symphony and YS Senior performances, all welcome, no admission charge.

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 8:50 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 (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:

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 Youth Symphony Contact Information:

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

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

Parent Liaisons: Mr. Richard Cuneo: richard.cuneo@gwyoa.org / Mrs. Kristine Fenton: kristine.fenton@gwyoa.org


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 Youth Symphony season is $580. 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

Lewis-Lionti Sonata Concert - Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Lewis-Lionti Concerto Concert includes solo and small group performances of YS graduating seniors, but also honors notable YS alumni. The full orchestra will then perform.

6:30 PM — Youth Symphony musicians arrive

7:00 PM — Performance begins

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 towards building side entrance, Guests continue up the hill to Auditorium entrance.

TICKETS: No admission charge. Seating is general admission. Last year the Auditorium was filled to capacity, please kindly make sure there are NO EMPTY SEATS.

DRESS CODE: Concert Attire is required (see below)