Youth Symphony


The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will be meeting this spring in a limited capacity with strings only.

This accomplishes two goals: it eliminates the aerosol spread concerns associated with wind instruments, and it reduces our numbers to what can be managed within recommended guidelines. Wind and percussion players: we will plan more virtual opportunities for you all like the virtual masterclass we did in the fall.

Here are the parameters we will work inside of this spring:
  • String instruments only
  • Everyone will be spaced in an individual 6' x 6' block
  • Everyone will wear a mask at all times while in the building
  • There will be no sharing of equipment, ie, stands, instruments, chairs, etc.
  • We will rehearse 5-6:15pm with no break
  • Director will wear a mask and use a microphone to prevent possible spread
  • Ventilation systems will remain on during rehearsal times to constantly refresh air
  • We will still be in the Keiser Community Room on Monday nights
  • Tuition will remain at $130 or $65 per semester
  • January 11 is when placement audition videos are due - please send to either David Wortman at [email protected]  or Chris Coffey at [email protected]
  • January 25 will be our first rehearsal
  • April 26 will be our concert, or other culminating event.  We hope it will be some sort of live concert or event, but depending on infection rates, etc, it may have to be a virtual event.
Placement auditions:
  • submit one unedited video to David (or Chirs) by January 11.  Those received after that date will be placed at the bottom of the section.
  • clearly state your first and last name, and your instrument
  • play three scales as follows:  violin, viola, and cello play C, G and D major, up to three octaves.  Bass play C and D one octave, G two-octave.  (These scale requirements are aligned with All-State requirements)
  • play one piece of your choice.  Choose something that shows your skills, but you can play well.
  • sight-reading will not be possible this year.  Finally, something positive resulting from Covid! 🙂
Please remember that this is a learning curve for all of us, and there will be many changes along the way.  Please look at this as an opportunity for growth.  I am very excited to get back to work with you and make music again!

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

You can now pay tuition online!

We have added an online payment option for Youth Symphony tuition this year! Click the link below and you will be directed to a page where you can either pay partial tuition for the semester or full tuition for the year. Please enter the same general information that you entered in your Registration Google Doc so that we can identify your account more easily.

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. For more information, contact [email protected]

Western Piedmont Youth Symphony Schedule

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule 2020-2021 Season

All rehearsals will be held in Keiser Community Room from 5:00 - 6:15 pm unless noted otherwise.

Fall 2020

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

November 23 - Concert or Culminating Event

Spring 2021

January 25

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

March 1

March 8

March 15

March 22

March 29


April 12 - Dress Rehearsal

April 19 - Dress Rehearsal

April 26 - Concert

Thanks to our WPYS Sponsors:

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