PROGRAMS FOR 2021-2022
FIVE ORCHESTRAS, A BRASS ENSEMBLE, CHAMBER GROUPS, CLASSES, AND MORE
Welcoming students from grade 4 through12.
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 Portugal and Spain (2018) NYS is planning for a tour to Italy in 2022.
Principal Orchestra rehearses weekly on Sundays from 1:30 - 4:30.
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.
Each year Concert Orchestra performs with members of InTempo in a community concert which celebrates diverse music cultures. Concert musicians also perform at Tanglewood and are eligible to participate in the European performance tours.
Concert Orchestra rehearses weekly on Sundays from 1:30 - 4:15.
The Philharmonia Orchestral Strings 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, 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.
The Prelude Orchestra is an entry-level orchestra for string players, and is conducted by Dr. Rafael Videira.
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.
The NYS brass ensemble, led by Steven Nuggent, offers the opportunity for young brass players to work in a small group environment, hone their technical skills, and develop ensemble skills. Along with the development of the individual skills, members are given leadership roles. Students are encouraged to lead and advise the group, giving them a professional experience and insight on how to operate ensembles.
The brass ensemble rehearses and performs music of many genres, ranging from music written for brass ensembles to arrangements of pop music, classical music, jazz, holiday music and much more. This encourages the young brass players to develop and showcase their skills.
The instruments we can accommodate are trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone and tuba.
The ensemble(s) instrumentation is easy to customize to fit the enrollment of any given season.
Brass Ensemble rehearses on Sundays from 12:00-1:15pm.