Youth orchestra to hold concert

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the joint classical concert for the Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings conducted by Dr. William Ciabattari and Danielle Fassnacht, to be held 4 p.m. Sunday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. The repertoire includes “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba,” “Procession of the Sardar,” West Side Story selections, “Funeral March” by Grieg and much more.

The Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) embraces students from throughout central Pennsylvania. WSYO was founded by Walter Straiton while a faculty member in the Williamsport Area School District. He served as the WSYO Director until 1993, at which point Richard Coulter; a Williamsport Area School District music supervisor took over in 2006. Then, the baton shifted to several directors including Christopher Para, Jeff Tedford, Jennifer Sacher Wiley, and Dr. Eric Hinton. This year marks Ciabattari’s sixth year leading the orchestra. Ciabattari is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Lycoming College.

The Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings (WSJS) program was created in the fall of 2012 and offers education in orchestral ensemble playing to young string players. It is open to string students in middle school and advanced elementary school. Fassnacht is the orchestra director at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School in the Williamsport Area School District.

For more information about the WSYO, please contact the WSO office at 570-322-0227 or email