Hershey Symphony Festival Strings youth orchestra on stage

The Hershey Symphony Festival Strings

We’re on! Hershey Symphony Festival Strings returned this fall, with the opportunity for middle school strings in the greater Hershey and Harrisburg areas to work with Dr. Sandra Dackow, Music Director of the Hershey Symphony. We had an intensive November schedule, in Finestra Hall at our host school, Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg. Festival Strings participants will be returning next April to perform Verdi’s Anvil Chorus with the members of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra on stage at the historic Hershey Theatre.

Festival Strings is open to public, home school and cyber school string students, without audition, who are in grades 6-9, entering their third year of playing, and are recommended by their orchestra director. Grade 2/3 music will be performed, meaning that players should be reading low 2 and low 1, slurs, sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms. Third position will be needed for first violin and bass. The enrollment fee is $125.00. Chair auditions are held once the season is underway, which is a great way to get experience with the audition process.

Interested high school string students in grades 10-12, are encouraged to enroll as rehearsal assistants, providing us with their musical leadership and assisting with tuning. High school students considering a career in music teaching will benefit greatly from this hands-on opportunity. Rehearsal assistants do not need to pay an enrollment fee.

The Hershey Symphony is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. Please refer to our nondiscrimination statement here.

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