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April 3, 2017

WYSO String Ensemble

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Director: Matthew Hettinga
String Ensemble is for students who are working on the equivalent of Suzuki books I & II. The focus of the sessions is learning to play with others and how to follow a conductor. A public performance will be held at the end of the term. No audition is necessary.


April 1, 2017

WYSO Philharmonia

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The Philharmonia provides a student’s first experience playing in a large ensemble that includes strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. It is comprised of WYSO String Ensemble Alumni, middle school students who are taking private lessons or recommended by their music teacher, and high school students who are not able to attend the Wednesday night WYSO Philharmonic. String students in this group will be able to play music similar to that found in Suzuki books III and IV. A public performance is included at the end of each semester.


April 5, 2017

WYSO Philharmonic

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Morrie Brand, Director Meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8:45 p.m. from February 1- April 19, 2017 at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. The spring concert will be held April 9 at 3 p.m. The group consists of auditioned high school musicians, who rehearse on Wednesday evenings and perform concerts each fall and spring. String students should be comfortable in first through fifth positions, have a solid knowledge of note values, dynamics, key signatures, off-the-string playing, and be able to play major scales up to 4 sharps and flats. An audition is necessary and private lessons are required. Equivalent of Suzuki book V and up.The Philharmonic also provides a Concerto Competition for members to compete to perform a concerto with the orchestra. The competition is held every January, with a spring semester performance. A WYSO Solo and Ensemble Night is offered each May, featuring individuals and small ensembles from the Philharmonic

2016-2017 Season in Full Swing


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