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Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra-November 4th Concert

The Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra is proud to announce the kick off of its 27th season with a classical concert led by Conductor William Ciabattari. The event will be in Williamsport at Clarke Chapel, Lycoming College on Monday, November 4 at 7:30 pm.
The Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra is proud to announce the kick off of its 27th season with a classical concert led by Conductor William Ciabattari. The event will be in Williamsport at Clarke Chapel, Lycoming College on Monday, November 4 at 7:30 pm. The concert is free. The repertoire includes Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Steve Bryant’s Dusk, Vaughn Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, selections from the Nutcracker, and World of Warcraft arranged by Jerry Brubaker.
The Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) embraces students from throughout central Pennsylvania. WSYO was founded by Walter Straiton while a faculty member in the Williamsport Area School District. He served as the WSYO Director until 1993, at which point Richard Coulter, a WASD Music Supervisor took over through 2006. Then, the baton shifted to several directors including Christopher Para, Jeff Tedford, Jennifer Sacher Wiley, and Dr. Eric Hinton. This year marks Dr. William Ciabattari’s second year leading the orchestra. Dr. Ciabattari is Assistant Professor of Music at Lycoming College.
The student musicians audition for the WSYO. Over the years, the number of musicians on stage has ranged from 45-85. In the beginning, the students came from the “valley”----primarily local schools. Now, they hail from Mansfield, Wayalusing, Danville, State College, Selinsgrove, and Lewisburg, in addition to the local schools. Most are senior high students and most participate in their school bands and/or orchestras.
We know that music education provides lifelong benefits that go beyond the discipline required. The career, knowledge, social, and humanizing opportunities are key as is the impact on the community. The WSYO has proven to be an asset to the community and valuable resource/byproduct of the WSO.
For more information about the WSYO, please contact the WSO office at 570-322-0227 or email Dr. William Ciabattari at Ciabatta@lycoming.edu .
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