Junior String Philharmonic
The Junior String Philharmonic is directed by Domenick Fiore, whose singular teaching style has for decades enriched the lives of young musicians at dozens of camps and workshops throughout North America and the Caribbean. Since taking his Music Education degree from West Chester University, Domenick has taught at several Delaware Valley schools. He and his wife Linda are highly sought after by private students—his on double bass, hers on violin. The rich sound of his bass has underpinned performances and recordings by artists ranging from Broadway stars to local jazz legend Frank Scott to the Brooklyn Orchestra. Domenick’s genial warmth and the expertise of his pedagogy lead youngsters to rewarding musical adventures.
The orchestra consists of string players in grades 5 through 9. They rehearse weekly from September through May, and perform a wide range of works by composers from centuries ago to the present day. There are several sectional rehearsals per year with professional coaches appropriate for each student’s instrument.
In addition to two formal concerts per year in venues such as Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall and Moravian College’s Foy Hall, the JSP performs outreach concerts at area schools and retirement communities, and a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble.
Long-time traditions of the JSP include the spring Vivaldi Competition. Members may audition to perform the solo violin parts in a group of six to eight violinists in a Vivaldi violin concerto with the orchestra at the Spring Concert.