NYLSO is an amateur chamber orchestra for beginning or recently returning adult players at all levels of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. We are not a class, but rather a highly committed and enthusiastic group of individuals who want to enjoy the experience of playing serious music in an organized group. Our goal is to create a fun, supportive, noncompetitive environment for adults who wish to participate in collective music-making. Participants should have basic music reading skills and a willingness to commit to the group, but are not required to audition. NYLSO’s primary focus is on classical music. Repertoire is carefully chosen to suit the abilities of the group. Most rehearsals are in full orchestra, with occasional sectional rehearsals to ensure the development of the pieces and to work on troublesome areas. Scoring ranges from simplified through more advanced parts, so that players can join in even at an early stage of study and accomplishment. The emphasis is on providing a constructive, enjoyable, stress-free experience.
We know that New Yorkers are busy people. It is fine to drop in and try us out for a single session, or to skip an entire rehearsal cycle when an emergency arises and then return for the next one. Ultimately, though, the joy is in the development that takes place when a cohesive group works (and laughs) together. We expect members to take the work seriously, to respect each other and the group as a whole, and to honor the commitment to the group after joining it. In return, you can expect to develop as a player and to have some serious fun! Materials you will need include your instrument, a portable music stand, and any accessories you require. Sheet music is provided via email link. Sessions are in 6-week rehearsal cycles, with 2-hour rehearsals held once a week for 6 weeks. We work with the goal of producing 1 to 3 very informal “friends-and-family” concerts per year. The fee is $20 cash per session or $100 for the entire cycle of 6. For more information visit our web page NYLSO.org and our Facebook page.