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About the
Winston-Salem Symphony
Youth Orchestras Program

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras (WSSYO) strive to foster the greatest artistic and personal development of young musicians by providing them with experiences that challenge and develop their musical abilities, inspire imagination and excellence, and create future stewards of the arts.

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The WSS Instrument Petting Zoo!

A child plays a violin during Discovery Concert lobby activities

The Winston-Salem Symphony’s new and exciting Instrument Petting Zoo travels to area classrooms, community events and WS Symphony performances to give both children and adults the opportunity to see and hear the different instruments of the orchestra – up close and personal!

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WSS Youth Orchestras:
Performances 2016-2017

Youth Orchestra

The three entities of the Youth Orchestras Program perform several times each year in different venues throughout Winston-Salem. Student performers and audience members alike experience exciting full-orchestra repertoire and occasional concerto performances by young soloists.

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Youth Orchestra Auditions

Join us! Auditions are held annually in the late Spring for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings.

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WSSYO Conductors

Jessica Morel

Jessica Morel, Margaret Rehder, and Fabrice Dharamraj lead our talented students in rehearsals and concerts each year. Each conductor brings a wealth of experience in musicianship and education, guiding their respective orchestras to their full potential performance after performance.

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History of the WSSYO

WSS Youth Symphony violinists

In 2007 the Youth Orchestras became an official part of the Winston-Salem Symphony Association with added resources of the WSS Music Director Robert Moody and Executive Director Merritt Vale. The Winston-Salem Symphony, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), and Wake Forest University continue to offer invaluable resources and sponsorship of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras program. Parent volunteers contribute many hours to help the orchestras function.

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Contact Us

Map of Symphony Offices at 201 N. Broad St, Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras
201 N. Broad St., Ste. 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 725.1035
Fax: (336) 725.3924

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Coming Soon:

Don't miss a single exciting concert event during Maestro Moody's farewell season with the Winston-Salem Symphony! From Bolero to Mahler, from the Steep Canyon Rangers to the music of David Bowie and Star Wars, we're pulling out all the stops for 2017/2018.

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.