Youth Orchestras

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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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WSSYO: Performances 2018/2019

The three ensembles of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program have the opportunity to perform several times per year.  Mark these dates on your calendar, and don’t miss a single exciting performance by these talented young musicians!

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WSSYO Audition Information

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 & Staff

Jessica Morel

Jessica Morel, Margaret Rehder, and Ryane Dunnagan 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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The Youth Symphony’s most recent concert tour took them to Washington, D.C. in April, 2018. The three-day tour to Washington DC was both educational and fun! The orchestra performed two concerts of patriotic music for large audiences at Union Station and a Veteran’s Retirement Home.

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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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Youth Orchestras Concert DVDs

Video recordings of this past November's Fall Extravaganza are now available! Support the Youth Orchestras Program with your purchase. Season 17/18 is on sale, too! Each DVD is $8.

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The Youth Orchestras Program is always in need of donations to defray our operating costs. If you would like to make a Crescendo Campaign donation earmarked for the Youth Orchestras by phone, please call Development Manager, Tim Storhoff, at 336-464-0161. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make checks out to Winston-Salem Symphony with the memo Youth Orchestras Donation. Mail checks to:

Winston-Salem Symphony
201 N. Broad Street, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, 27101

Likewise, you make make a donation easily and securely online:

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Youth orchestra students and families can login to the backstage area for news, updates, rehearsal schedules, secure online tuition payments, and more.



Youth Orchestras Handbook

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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.