Up Next - 2017 String Camp

You are invited to participate in the 2017 Erie Jr. Philharmonic String Ensemble Workshop from Monday, August 7, 2017, through Friday, August 11, 2017.  The workshop will be held on the campus of Gannon University in downtown Erie in a building located on the southwest corner of Peach and W. 7th streets.  The rehearsal venue on the 3rd floor (north face of the building) is provided through cooperation of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and Gannon University.  The address is 700 Peach Street and the room number is 308.  Rehearsals will run from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

The workshop is open to any string students.  Ideally they should be at a skill level of Suzuki Book Four, but students at Suzuki Book Two level who also have piano background do very well. 

The week-long workshop is free to Jr. Philharmonic string students.  However, for students who (by August 2017) have not yet auditioned for or joined Jr. Phil., a payment of $50.00 will be due at the first rehearsal.  The full amount will be credited to the student’s Jr. Philharmonic 2017-18 tuition if he or she auditions for and is accepted into the Erie Jr. Philharmonic, the Intermezzo String Ensemble, or the Prelude String Ensemble.

Howard Lyon, coach of the Erie Jr. Philharmonic String Ensemble, coaches the workshop.  Contact him for more information or to let him know of your interest.  Mr. Lyon’s cell is 814 602-0166 (likes texts), his home number is 814-480-8148 (has voice mail), and his email address is HowardAintLyin@aol.com.  


Celebrating our 64th Season!

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic is comprised of young musicians in grades five through twelve from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. These students represent 30 schools in the metropolitan area and surrounding counties.


First public appearance of the Jr. Phil in 1956

First public appearance of the Jr. Phil in 1956

Who we are...

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic has been an orchestra for young people since 1953, and is the third oldest youth orchestra in the United States. Graduates are now playing in orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and many other orchestras across the country.

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic offers weekly rehearsals, sectional coaching, and advanced chamber ensembles for members of the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections of the orchestra. Performance opportunities include annual winter and spring concerts, a tour of schools, ensemble performances, an annual concerto competition, and a performance with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beginning in Summer 2017, the orchestra will undergo it's first Music Director search in 25 seasons upon the retirement of conductor Robert Dolwick.  Stay tuned for more information during this incredibly exciting time for the orchestra!

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