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.
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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Tuesday, September 5
New Player Auditions (General McLane High School Auditorium), begin 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 10
String Placement Auditions (St. Paul’s Church), begin 1:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11
Woodwind/Brass Placement Auditions (General McLane High School), 7:00 p.m.
Students rehearse weekly and will perform in Ensemble Concerts in both the winter and spring.
String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble
These advanced chamber ensembles offer members of the Erie Jr. Philharmonic additional opportunities to rehearse and perform in small group settings.
Intermezzo String Ensemble, Intermezzo Brass Ensemble, Intermezzo Wind Ensemble
These ensembles are designed for the novice musician. Younger students who have been studying their particular instruments for a year or more are encouraged to audition. A prelude string ensemble is also offered for students who are not quite ready for the intermezzo string ensemble.
Leanne Wistrom, Woodwind Ensemble Director
Alex Hake, Staff Liaison
Brad Amidon, Percussion Ensemble Director
Brenda Dolwick, Publicity Director
Howard Lyon, String Ensemble Director
John Szymanski, Stage Manager
Noel Burgoyne, Chair Emeritus
Gena Kuntz, Librarian
Tom New, Vice President, Education
Juliane Szubinski, President, Parents Organization
Marshall Fryer, Chair
Richard Elberfeld, Vice President, Parents Organization
Robert Dolwick, Artistic Director & Brass Ensembles Director
Julie Lewis, Jr. Phil Parent & Former Jr. Phil Musician
Lucia Doyle, Erie Phil Board of Governors
Jennifer Jansen, Prelude & Intermezzo String Ensemble Director
Janet Preston, Business Manager
Erie Jr. Philharmonic Office
23 West 10th Street, Suite 3
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 455-1375 ext. 24 (phone)
(814) 455-1377 (fax)
Business Manager/Audition Information
Juliane Szubinski, President
Steering Commititee, Donations
Marshall Fryer, Chair
The Erie Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra relies on private and corporate donations to cover operating expenses.