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Youth Symphony

About Western Piedmont Youth Symphony

The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony is a full orchestra of young musicians that meets weekly in the fall and spring to grow as musicians and learn to play as one group. 

The WPYS, conducted by Maestro David Wortman performs two concerts a year. Auditions are required. The Youth Symphony practices on Monday evenings from 5-6:45 pm during concert season. For more information, contact [email protected]


The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will hold spring auditions for the 2019-2020 season on Thursday, January 2, from 3:30 - 8:00 PM and Saturday, January 4, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. WPYS Candidates should prepare the following for audition:

• 3 Scales
• One prepared solo piece or etude
• Each musician will also be given a short passage of sight-reading

If you have questions concerning auditions, please contact (828) 324-8603 or email [email protected]

Western Piedmont Youth Symphony Schedule

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule 2019-2020 Season

All rehearsals will be held in Keiser Community Room from 5:00 - 6:45 pm unless noted otherwise.

Fall 2019

September 9

September 16

September 23

September 30

October 7

October 14

October 21

October 28

November 4

November 11

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

November 18

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

November 25

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

   Concert, 7:00 PM

Spring 2020

January 6

January 13

January 20 - MLK Day, NO REHEARSAL

January 27

February 3

February 10

February 17

February 24

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

March 30

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

April 6

   Drendel Auditorium Rehearsal, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

   Concert, 7:00 PM

Western Piedmont Youth Quartet in Germany!


Shortly before the school year began in August, the Western Piedmont Youth Quartet traveled to Germany to perform at the Altenburg Music Festival.  The four students selected from the Youth Symphony to embark on this journey were Rachel Palmer (violin), Maggie Auton (violin), Grant Develle (flute), and Lillia Chapman (cello).  Rounding out the group were two chaperones: Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir Rhyne University, and Thomas Michaels (piano).

For the students, the trip was filled with many unforgettable memories.  Lillia Chapman recounts her downtime in the city: “Rachel and I would go around and maybe shop, take pictures, sit in a cafe and eat. That was my favorite because I felt like we got to really feel what it is like to live in Germany and be like a local.”  

Most of the trip was spent in the city of Altenburg, although the group made stops in Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin.  During their time in Altenburg, the quartet was treated with great hospitality; they spent time with students at the local music academy and even had dinner with the mayor.

Beyond the cultural experience, the group gained performance experience in several venues around the city, including a castle and a museum.  Rachel Palmer recalls: “It was a wonderful experience getting to perform in Germany. Every venue we played at was beautiful!”  

Having just formed shortly before the trip, the quartet bonded as a performing ensemble throughout their stay in Germany.  Grant Develle speaks of their progress: “Overall it sounded great and I think as a chamber ensemble we connected with each other to bring music we love and share with others who can truly appreciate that.”

This trip was made possible by support from the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association, and the Hickory International Council.  

Thanks to our WPYS Sponsors:

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