​PROGRAM information for the 2020-2021 Season

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

NYS virtual programs are an online teaching and learning environment where teachers and students can engage and interact with one another, and work in groups together. NYS virtual programs take place in a live, synchronous setting. 

LARGE ENSEMBLES/ORCHESTRA PROGRAM - for students in 4th-12th grade

In NYS’ large ensemble work, all of our conductors reinvent what orchestral training looks like in a virtual scenario. The orchestras will continue to work on fulfilling and exciting repertoire for their students, but the teaching will happen primarily in sectionals over ZOOM, where students will have the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with the conductors. The sectionals will last between 30-45 minutes, giving students the opportunity to enroll in our other new offerings, as well. Focus will continue on the fundamentals of good orchestral playing: bow strokes, articulation, expression, total commitment to the music. Students will also regularly submit videos and recordings of themselves playing their orchestra music to which the conductors will respond with written comments. The social element of the orchestra will continue to be important, as well; periodic social and game evenings will be arranged. The work will culminate both with video projects and live performances, when it is safe to do so. For more information on our five tiered ensembles view here.   Proposed repertoire includes Principal Orchestra Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and Concert Orchestra select movements from Bizet Carmen Suites.

SMALL ENSEMBLES - for students in 4th-12th grade

NYS is delighted to offer online chamber music coaching for the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. Small ensemble work—in trios, quartets, and quintets—is one of the most rewarding musical activities students can undertake. Chamber musicians learn to be solid and independent on their part, sensitive to how their part fits in with the other musicians around them and how to work together to form a cohesive whole.  In our virtual programming each chamber group will get a weekly coaching session from a member of our conducting staff.  They will also work together to learn their parts, learn what each other are playing, make musical decisions together and create a final performance.  Students will send recordings and videos to each other to play along with and add to. Much of the creative process will be put in the student’s hands (tailored to age), with careful guidance and coaching from the conductors. This is a unique opportunity for NYS students to work on some of the finest music ever written, in close collaboration with the NYS staff. All orchestral instrumentalist and pianist are welcome to apply for a Small Ensemble.

MUSIC THEORY AND AURAL SKILLS - for students in 4th-12th grade

Music theory is the study of how music works. It involves topics in harmony, melody, rhythm, and form. Aural skills, music theory’s natural complement, trains students’ ears through sight singing, pitch and interval identification, and dictation. NYS’ combined Music theory and Aural Skills classes aim to help students learn their solo and orchestra music with a greater depth, appreciation and speed as our students’ ears and brains are exercised, and their musicianship is enhanced. NYS’ classes will be capped at 10 students per class, ensuring meaningful personal attention with our staff, and the level and the speed of the course will be tailored specifically to the students who enroll. We will also be using cutting-edge online teaching portals and activities geared to the student’s ages to make the courses both extremely interactive and engaging.


Have you wanted to be able to engage your children more about the music they’re playing, have a deeper appreciation when you go to concerts, or even just want to have an excuse to have a glass of wine while listening to some great music? Enjoy conversations with Jonathan Yates and Russell Ger on music history, the orchestra, and what it means to be a conductor. Jonathan and Russell both have lengthy musical resumes and copious speaking experience on music, but this is not only a chance to learn more about music and about them, but also to get to know other members of the NYS parent community and have some needed downtime during a weekday evening. Join for the music, stay for the virtual cocktails!  Enrollment opens in January.

*New for Spring semester - SEMINARS - for adults and students - Register for seminars here.


Administrative Office

71 East Avenue, Suite N | Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone 203-866-4100  |  Fax 203-866-0012

Rehearsals and Performances

Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall | 125 East Avenue | Norwalk, CT 06851

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