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Junior Philharmonic

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Junior Philharmonic



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

Details coming...


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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.