WYSO offers ensemble opportunities for orchestra members to supplement their educational and orchestral experience. Through participation in ensembles, students become more proficient on their instruments, learn teamwork and leadership skills, and explore musical repertoire outside of the orchestral setting.
The WYSO Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Vicki Peterson Jenks
For over 50 years, the WYSO Percussion Ensemble has delighted audiences with its unique sound and energetic playing. The Percussion Ensemble performs during regularly scheduled concerts and is also featured in the annual WYSO EXTRAVAGANZA. The Percussion Ensemble is required for all WYSO percussionists.
The WYSO Brass Ensemble
Directed by Tom Curry
The WYSO Brass Choir assists brass players in becoming proficient on their instruments, teaches sectional teamwork, and focuses on music written expressly for brass ensembles. All of these aspects contribute toward creating better orchestral musicians.
The WYSO Brass Choir is required for musicians who play brass instruments and audition into Concert, Philharmonia, and Youth Orchestras. Each brass section rehearses on Saturdays right before their orchestral rehearsals.
The WYSO Harp Ensemble
Directed by Jenny DeRoche Christian
The WYSO Harp Ensemble has two components: orchestral playing and participation in the ensemble. WYSO harpists meet on Saturday mornings to rehearse with each other and with the orchestras to prepare for concerts and a harp recital each season. Students develop orchestral skills through individual and small group coaching, orchestra rehearsals, and performances. Additionally, the harp ensemble offers students the opportunity to learn chamber music skills.