Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles

Since 1961, the Youth Ensembles Program at NMS has offered young musicians unparalleled opportunities to play with other high-achieving students, explore celebrated classical pieces and develop crucial performance skills, providing them an unforgettable creative experience while they make lifelong friends along the way. The four auditioned ensembles are directed by professional conductors and rehearse weekly. The groups draw promising string, wind and percussion players from middle and high schools throughout southern Connecticut, and play in bi-annual concerts at Yale’s historic Battell Chapel.

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Greater New Haven Concert Band

Mondays, 5 - 6:15 pm. An ensemble of dedicated wind, brass and percussion students performing traditional and contemporary works from the symphonic band repertoire. Generally for grades seven and up with one to three years of individual lessons or the equivalent. Previous band experience strongly recommended.

Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra

Mondays, 5:45 - 7:45 pm. An orchestral experience for dedicated intermediate string, wind and percussion students. Generally for students grades seven and up with four years of individual lessons. Weekly rehearsals include string and wind sectionals. Previous small ensemble experience strongly recommended.

Greater New Haven Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6 pm. An advanced ensemble comprised of winds, brass and percussion players preforming traditional and contemporary works for large symphonic wind ensemble. This ensemble is also for highly committed high school players.

Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra

Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8:15 pm. One of the top youth ensembles in Connecticut, focusing on preparation of major symphonic works with several performances a year. The orchestra is for highly committed high school players. Students participate in special events and community performances. Click Here for 2017 Youth Orchestra Repertoire & Audition Materials!