The mission of the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings is to offer an education in orchestral ensemble playing to young string players in the greater Williamsport area. The tuition to join WSJS s $55 for the Fall and Spring semester. Scholarships are available upon request.

This year, we welcome Mr. Nelson Rodriquez-Parada to lead the group. Please see below his full bio. Feel free to contact him directly with any questions.

WSJS Music Director

Nelson Rodriguez-Parada is the Orchestra and Modern Band Director at the Shamokin Area School District in Coal Township, Pennsylvania. His mission as a music educator is to use music as a social and developmental outlet for everyone involved while giving students learning experiences to use throughout the rest of their lives whether or not they decide to pursue music professionally.

Mr. Rodriguez began his career in Riverview, Florida at Spoto High School as the Orchestra, Chorus and Modern Band Director. An avid supporter of community music performance, he founded and conducted the Tampa Music Society Orchestra. He also played with several jazz bands, wind ensembles and orchestras throughout central Florida, including Walt Disney World’s Encore Symphony Orchestra. 

Before moving to central Pennsylvania, Mr. Rodriguez served as the General Manager of Training Programs for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, responsible for managing the Civic Youth Ensembles and the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, serving over 1,000 students in orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs and jazz ensembles annually. He also founded and conducted in the Detroit Symphony’s Community Ensembles program, an orchestra and wind ensemble dedicated to giving adults lifelong music playing opportunities, regardless of prior experience.

In addition to his role at Shamokin, Mr. Rodriguez conducts the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings and Harrisburg Symphony Elementary String Orchestra, plays double bass with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, teaches double bass and guitar at Susquehanna University, and plays regularly throughout the region for musicals and other community concerts.

Mr. Rodriguez is originally from Tampa, Florida and holds degrees in music education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. He currently lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania with his wife Adrienne, daughter Lucy, and dog Phoebe (who is a very good dog).

WSO Junior Strings Information

REHEARSALS

The WSJS will rehearse 6 times per school semester culminating in a performance.

FALL SCHEDULE:
Stay tuned for the upcoming Fall schedule.

Concert: Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the Community Arts Center at 4:00PM. It will be a combined concert with WSYO.

SPRING SCHEDULE:

Will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Concert: To be announced soon.

QUALIFICATIONS

The orchestra is open to string students who may not be quite ready for the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. Students who are young high school, middle school, and advanced elementary school ages are invited to participate. Students should be studying privately or be involved in their school orchestra program.

PERFORMANCE LEVEL

The WSJS will play a variety of repertoire that is challenging enough that the group will have to practice, but also obtainable enough that ensemble techniques can be taught. The target repertoire is grade 3 and high grade 2 (Merle Isaac and Vernon Liedig arrangements for example).

AUDITIONS

No auditions are required to join the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings. Please download the form below and mail to WSO office at 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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