Conductor: Joseph Gumpper
Membership: 60+ string musicians
Auditions: Early June
Rehearsals: Weekly on Monday evenings
NYSSMA Level: Generally 4
ESYO String Orchestra is a foundational ensemble for emerging string musicians seeking the opportunity to sound together in an orchestra. Comprised of violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists, String Orchestra musicians explore a wide range of repertoire including suitable orchestral standards, educational arrangements and contemporary compositions that develop musical skill and technique.
String Orchestra gives string musicians training in the techniques of playing in large ensembles and prepares them for participation in other ESYO ensembles. Ensemble musicians learn to develop their musicality and artistry while developing active listening skills and the fundamentals of improvisation. Supplementing area school string programs, String Orchestra gives three concerts a year on regional stages and participates in an annual string festival.