About the
Winston-Salem Symphony
Youth Orchestras Program

Jessica Morel and the Youth Symphony, November 2016

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. We carry out this mission by embracing the following core beliefs: Excellence, Inspiration, Collaboration, and Inclusion.

The WSSYO is currently comprised of three full orchestras for aspiring musicians in the first through twelfth grades:

  • Premiere Strings, a strings only orchestra for young musicians who are new to the experience of playing in an ensemble with a conductor.
    Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm // Paisley Magnet School
  • Youth Philharmonic, a full orchestra for intermediate-level students of 70-80 members. Students learn the essentials for playing in a large orchestra.
    Mondays, 6:45-8:45pm // RJ Reynolds High School Band Room
  • Youth Symphony, a full orchestra of advanced-level students comprised of 60-75 members. These students have a passion for music and stand out in our schools and community for their tremendous talent.
    NEW! Sundays, 6:00-8:30pm // UNCSA Crawford Hall

Each orchestra rehearses once a week throughout the school year, and each orchestra performs several public concerts annually as well as occasional concerts for special audiences. The schedule of rehearsals and performances is distributed to all participants and periodically updated.

Annual tuition costs for each group are:

  • Premiere Strings $225.00
  • Youth Philharmonic $285.00
  • Youth Symphony $305.00

There are various discounts available, as well as payment options. In addition, there are scholarship monies available (by application and WSSYO Committee vetting process).

Please contact Charley Bryant with any questions:

Charley Bryant
Winston-Salem Symphony / Youth Orchestra / Academy Program
Education and Operations Manager
336-725-1035, ext. 233
cbryant@wssymphony.org

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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.