Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings

junior-strings

The mission of the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings, under the direction of Mr. Andrew Jones, is to offer an education in orchestral ensemble playing to young string players in the greater Williamsport area.


Qualifications

The orchestra is open to string students who may not be quite ready for the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. Students who are young high school, middle school, and advanced elementary school ages are invited to participate. Students should be studying privately or be involved in their school orchestra program.

Rehearsals

The WSJS will rehearse 6 times per school semester culminating in a performance.

FALL SCHEDULE:
Rehearsals from 4:00-6:00 pm at WAHS Orchestra room (H016)
 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 (All Sunday’s)

Concert: Saturday, 11/2/2019 at Robert M. Sides Music Center at 2:00 PM

SPRING SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals from 4:00-6:00 pm at WAHS Orchestra room (H016)
 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1 (All Sunday’s)

Concert: Sunday, 3/8/2020 at the  CAC at 4:00 PM. It will be a combined concert with WSYO

Performance Level

The WSJS will play a variety of repertoire that is challenging enough that the group will have to practice, but also obtainable enough that ensemble techniques can be taught. The target repertoire is grade 3 and high grade 2 (Merle Isaac and Vernon Liedig arrangements for example).

Auditions

No auditions are required to join the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings. Please download the form below and mail to WSO office at 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

WSJS Application 
WSJS Teacher Recommendation Form

Director Andrew Jones

Andrew is currently the Lewisburg Area School District Orchestra Director. He works with students from grades 4-12. Andrew conducts a 5th Grade Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, 7/8th Grade Orchestra, Full Middle School Orchestra, Advanced Middle School Orchestra, High School Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Along with teaching orchestra, Andrew works with the High School Musical serving as either Technical Director or Pit Director. Previously, he worked at the Harrisburg Academy in Wormleysburg, PA, working with students in grades pre-K-12; teaching general music, beginning strings, elementary orchestra, and middle school/high school band. He also worked as marching tech/brass tech for the Spring Grove Area High School marching band.

Professionally, Andrew plays with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as a 2nd violinist. He also freelances, playing with local ensembles, weddings, and other outside performances. In 2015, Andrew was a Graduate Fellow at the University of South Carolina Conducting Institute, working with renowned conductors from the United States, such as Dr. Donald Portnoy. In 2018, Andrew attended the Ohio State University String Teachers workshop, working with renowned pedagogues such as Robert Gillespie.

Andrew is a 2011 graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. In 2016, Andrew graduated from the University of South Carolina earning a Master’s in Music Education. While at the University of South Carolina, Andrew was the Graduate Assistant and Assistant Director of the USC String Project, working with middle school aged students and adults in a community string program. Along with his duties at string project, Andrew served as principal 2nd violin in the USC Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, also serving as a section violinist in the Brevard Philharmonic, Brevard, North Carolina.

Andrew currently resides in Lewisburg, PA with his wife Julianna, dog Brody, and cat Bruno. Andrew and his wife are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child in August.

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