Our core program consists of 6 tiered orchestras.
NYS members can also participate in enrichment programs to enhance their training and provide additional performance opportunities.
Membership and placement in Principal, Concert, Philharmonia Strings and Winds, and Prelude is by audition only.
Each player, including a returning musician from the previous year, is auditioned every year by the conductors in late August and the beginning of September to ensure correct placement according to individual ability.
All ensembles rehearse at:
Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Principal, Concert, Philharmonia, and Prelude rehearse on Sunday afternoons.
Chamber Music groups are coached on Sunday either before or after the regularly scheduled orchestra rehearsal.
The Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings.
The NYS season runs from September to May.
The orchestras perform in 3 concerts at Norwalk Concert Hall during the season, and at special events such as the Annual Giving Concert and Play-a-Thon at Stamford Town Center during the holiday season.
Chamber Music groups perform prior to the regular concerts and in recitals during the year.
Chamber Orchestra performs 2 concerts and at special events, at venues such as the Carriage Barn Arts Center.
On a rotating basis, Principal and Concert Orchestras perform in renowned concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, and also on international tours.