Junior Philharmonic – Info

Greensboro Symphony Junior Philharmonic


Junior Philharmonic is designed for students in elementary school (grades 1-5) who have begun lessons on their instrument and are ready for the experience of playing in an ensemble. Students will learn basic ensemble skills including following a conductor, playing music with multiple parts, playing together, listening, and reading ensemble music. Repertoire includes educational arrangements and other works that focus on these skills.

Detailed Information

For optimal quality and student experience, the size of Junior Philharmonic is between 20 and 30 students. Junior Philharmonic rehearses Sunday afternoons at the UNCG Music Building, Room 110, 2:00-3:20 p.m and gives two public performances per year as well as one additional special event, such as the biannual Crystal Ball. Junior Philharmonic also participates in a half day of the annual GSYO Fall Retreat. The group does not tour, but students may attend and audit regional clinics (a participating parent/guardian is required). Tuition is $200 per year, and scholarships are available in cases of financial need.

Entry Requirements

Junior Philharmonic is neither a group instrument class nor an ensemble designed for beginners. Students auditioning for Junior Philharmonic should:

  • have a basic instrument setup (be able to hold the instrument properly)
  • have been introduced to reading staff notation
  • be able to read in F, G, D, and A
  • be able to read in first position with a high or low second finger (2nd and 3rd finger positions for cellists)

Audition Requirements