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Don't forget -
Bring your secret snowman gift to rehearsal this Sunday.

Please take time to read the entire newsletter.....

Volunteer Opportunities - Need Community Service Hours?
1) The American Classical Orchestra, based in NYC, is holding a concert at City Hall on March 8th. They are looking for volunteers for the following:
Instrument Petting Zoo (instruments will be provided) from 1:30 to 2:40 pm
If you play the following and would like to volunteer email Ms. Watkins at nysed@optonline.net
Violin, Cello, Bass, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Percussion, Flute and clarinet.

2) Are you a member of a string quartet? - Organizations call the NYS office from time to time with gigs for quartets, some paid - some community service. If you are interested please let Ms. Watkins know who the contact person for your group is. I currently have two gigs available.
Schedule for Sunday, January 26th
**Sectionals for Principal and Concert BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC STANDS**
Don't forget your Secret Snowman gift
 Brass Ensemble Noon to 1:15 pm
Prelude 12;30 to 2:30 pm
Concert 1:30 to 4:15 pm Rehearsal followed by sectionals
Principal 1:30 to 4:30 pm sectionals followed by rehearsal
Phil Strings and Phil Winds 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Area Music Festivals - Programs needed
NYS recognizes our musicians, in the May Concert Program, who participated in the audition based festivals through out the season. In order to do so we need programs from Western, Southern, Eastern Regionals, All-State, Fairfield County Strings, and the Westchester County festivals.
Please bring a program to the NYS table at auditions. thank you in advance.
Inclement Weather Policy:

If rehearsal is canceled due to weather conditions you will be informed in the following manner.

  • A message will be posted to the NYS Facebook Page & Instagram Account
  • A NYS newsletter email will be sent.
  • Office phone message - 203-866-4100 - will be updated with a cancellation message.
  • NYS cell phone message - 203-984-2658 - will be updated with a cancellation message.
  • A message will be posted on home page of the NYS website.

Please remember that our musicians come from 30 different towns. If we do not cancel and the weather condition in your town is poor use your best judgement.
For questions or additional information, contact us at:

NYS Office Tel.: (203) 866-4100
Cell: (rehearsal hours) (203) 984-2658
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