The Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings (WSJS) is a vibrant string ensemble designed for musicians, ages 9 through 15, who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Our program provides a supportive environment where students can grow musically and personally, preparing them for more advanced opportunities in their musical journeys.

Students meet on Sunday afternoons for 8 weeks, rehearsing with both peers and professional musicians, culminating in a concert each semester held at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, showcasing the hard work and dedication of our young musicians.

Tuition for the full WSJS season is $75. To register, please apply online. Additionally, have your student’s private or school music teacher fill out the Teacher Recommendation Form prior to the start of the season. This ensures that each student is well-prepared to benefit from and contribute to the ensemble.

2024-2025 Schedule and Program - Coming Soon

Stay tuned this summer for the release of our calendar!

Meet WSYO Music Director, Nelson Rodriguez-Parada

Nelson Rodriguez-Parada currently serves as 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.

Rodriguez-Parada 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, Rodriguez-Parada worked for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as their General Manager of Training Programs, 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.

Rodriguez-Parada 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. In addition to his role at Shamokin, Rodriguez-Parada conducts the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Junior Strings, teaches double bass and guitar at Susquehanna and Bucknell Universities, and plays regularly throughout the region for musicals and other concerts. He currently lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania with his wife Adrienne, daughters Lucy and Eliza, and dog Phoebe (who is a very good dog).

WSO Junior Strings Application - Coming Soon