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Junior Philharmonic



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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Auditions


Auditions


Auditions

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.

 

Call 814-774-8598 or 814-323-8222 to schedule an audition

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Schedule


Schedule


Jr. Phil Schedule 2017-18

All rehearsals occur on Tuesdays at General McLane High School unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, September 12         

First rehearsal for all ensembles and for Jr. Phil at General McLane High School

First Parent’s organization meeting in cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

 

September 19             

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

September 26 - Bring a Friend Night       

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

Musicians are encouraged to bring a friend who plays an orchestral instrument and would possibly be interested in joining Jr. Phil.  Rehearsal will end with a pizza party.

 

October 3                   

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

October 10                 

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane; Parents meet in cafeteria at 7:00

 

October 17                 

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

October 24                 

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

October 31                 

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane


Wednesday, November 1

Side-by-Side Rehearsal and Concert with the Erie Philharmonic

Warner Theatre, Youth Concert


Thursday, November 9          

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

November 14             

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane; Parents meet in cafeteria at 7:00

 

November 21             

Prelude and Intermezzo ensembles rehearse at General McLane

Jr. Phil. Regency Concert (Jr. Phil Orchestra at the Regency), 7:30 p.m.

 

November 28             

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane


Monday, December 4

Dress Rehearsal for Winter Concert (Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University), 7:00 p.m.

(Ensemble Rehearsals either Monday or Tuesday at coach’s discretion)

 

Tuesday, December 5

Winter Concert (Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University), 7:30 p.m.

(Ensemble Rehearsals either Monday or Tuesday at coach’s discretion)

 

Thursday, December 7

Winter Ensembles Concert (Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library), 7:00 p.m.


Monday, January 8                

Concerto Competition (General McLane High School)

 

Monday, January 8                

New Player Auditions (General McLane High School)

 

January 9                                

First rehearsal (Jr. Phil and Ensembles) and first parents’ meeting

 

January 16, 23, 30                

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

February 6, 13 (parents’ meeting), 20, 27                  

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

March 6, 13 (parents’ meeting), 20, 27                      

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

April 3, 10 (parents’ meeting), 17, 24                        

Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane


Saturday, April 28                  

Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert, 10 a.m.

(Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University)

 

Sunday, April 29                    

Spring Concert, 3:00 p.m.

(Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University)


Tuesday, May 1, or Wednesday, May 2

(depends on tests), Tour of Schools, location TBA        

 

May 1                                     

Prelude and Intermezzo ensembles rehearse at General McLane


Thursday, May 3                    

Spring Ensembles Concert (Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library), 7:00 p.m.


Monday, May 7 - NEW PLAYER AUDITIONS

General McLane High School, begin at 6:30 p.m


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Ensembles


Ensembles


Ensembles

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.

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Contacts


Contacts


Jr. Phil Staff

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

 


Contacts

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
Janet Preston
notserpj@gmail.com

Parents' Organization
Juliane Szubinski, President
julianaszub@gmail.com

Steering Commititee, Donations
Marshall Fryer, Chair
dmfryer2@gmail.com

 

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra relies on private and corporate donations to cover operating expenses.

 

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.