ISO Symphony

The ISO Symphony is the top ensemble among ISO’s four major groups and one of the leading youth orchestras in the New York City area. Barry Stern is leading the ISO Symphony in the 2018-2019 season. Its alumni include musicians holding principal chairs in professional orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, and other cities. Several notable conductors are also among its alumni, including James Gaffigan (chief conductor, Lucerne Symphony, Switzerland) and Tito Muñoz (Music Director, Opéra national de Lorraine & Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, France).

Students range in age from 12 to 19 and come from every part of New York City. Slightly more than half attend public schools, with the others split among private and parochial schools and home schooled. The ISO Symphony rehearses weekly and twice a year takes part in sectional rehearsals led by members of the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. Symphony members have recently taken part in masterclasses given by musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai String Quartet, and the American Brass Quintet.

The ISO Symphony performs two major concerts annually in venues such as Symphony Space, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. It shared a triple bill in 2013 at Carnegie Hall, and in 2012 it performed there to a sold-out house along with ISO’s other orchestras. At the latter concert, it presented the commissioned world premiere of “Air for Flute and Orchestra” by Lowell Liebermann with Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson of the Met Opera Orchestra as soloist. It also performs community concerts annually for children, seniors, and others lacking access to orchestral performances. It has undertaken international tours to Scotland, Spain, and Venezuela.

An audition is required for membership, as are registration and tuition fees.

Conductors & Coaches

Barry Stern
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Page Silverman
First Violin Coach & Head String Director
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Nathan Bishop
Second Violin Coach & Program Associate
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Megan Delatour
Viola Coach
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Molly Aronson
Cello Coach
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Morrie Sherry
Woodwind Coach
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Philip Rashkin
Oboe Coach
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Lisa Pike
Brass Coordinator
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Anthony Morris
Bass Coach & Managing Director
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L. van Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
ISO Symphony
Jeffrey Grogan, conductor

(video from Aberdeen International Youth Festival, July 2014. Note: performance starts about 2 minutes in after announcements and tuning)

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake
ISO Symphony

(video of their joint concert with the Amersfoort Youth Orchestra from The Netherlands)


Wednesdays, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
DiMenna Center
450 West 37th street, between 9th & 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10018

DiMenna center is located with close access to the 7 (Hudson Yards, 11th Ave. 34th street) &, A,C,& E trains (34th street, 8th Avenue).

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