Conducted by Jonathan Yates
The Principal Orchestra is Norwalk Youth Symphony's most advanced ensemble and is comprised of players who demonstrate highly advanced technical and musical ability. Under the direction of Music Director Jonathan Yates, the Principal Orchestra performs demanding orchestral classical, romantic, and 20th century repertoire such as full length symphonies, symphonic poems, overtures, and concertos. In addition to performing three concerts each season, in Norwalk City Hall's acoustically vibrant Concert Hall, the Principal Orchestra regularly performs in the world's most renowned concert venues including Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.
The Principal Orchestra has also collaborated with local musicians and arts organizations such as concert pianist Frederick Chiu and several performances with the Ballet School of Stamford. Each year, members of the orchestra are invited to audition for our Concerto Competition. The winner of the competition performs with the orchestra at our annual Winter Concert in February.
Members of the Principal and Concert Orchestras also have the opportunity to participate in a performance tour. These tours occur every other year. In 2008, NYS embarked on its first international tour to Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, performing to enthusiastic audiences in historically significant venues. Past performance tours have also included trips to Italy (2010), Spain (2012), Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg (2016), and in 2018 NYS travels to Portugal and Spain.
Principal Orchestra rehearses weekly on Sundays from 1:30 - 4:30.
Conducted by Russell Ger
The Concert Orchestra, is a full symphonic orchestra led by conductor Russell Ger.
This orchestra provides experience in rehearsing and performing a wide range of shorter works from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. Overtures, marches, suites, and isolated symphonic movements make up much of this group's repertoire.
Concert Orchestra rehearses weekly on Sundays from 1:30 - 4:15.
Conducted by Jessica McNamara
The Philharmonia String Orchestra is a mid-level string orchestra.
This ensemble provides a transition from the Prelude Orchestra to the more difficult repertoire that is performed by the Concert Orchestra. The group performs selected repertoire for string orchestra, and joins with the Philharmonia Orchestral Winds ensemble at selected concerts during the season to give its members experience in playing literature for full orchestra. It is conducted by Jessica McNamara.
Phil Strings rehearses weekly on Sundays from 2:45 - 4:45.
Philharmonia Orchestral Winds
Conducted by Barry Zhou
Philharmonia Orchestral Winds is designed to develop and enhance the musical skills of outstanding woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Young musicians receive the special attention needed to develop their technique, sound, musicality, and orchestral ensemble playing. The group performs orchestral arrangements for wind ensemble, and joins with the Philharmonia String Orchestra at selected concerts during the season to give its members experience in playing literature for full orchestra.
Phil Winds rehearses weekly on Sundays from 2:45 - 4:45.
Conducted by Dr. Rafael Videira
The Prelude Orchestra is an entry-level orchestra for string players.
The group studies and performs student works to develop skills in general string technique, music theory, and ensemble performance.
Prelude Orchestra rehearses weekly on Sundays from 12:30 - 2:30.