All artists face challenges in learning their crafts. With our philosophy that there is no single path of expression, Young Musicians of Westchester assists musicians embarking on professional careers by providing opportunities to perform before Westchester audiences. YMW’s artists honor historic forms of music and explore new areas of creativity, presenting Westchester communities with a range of cultural, social, and intellectual diversity through free admission concerts. Musicians receive stipends for their participation in our programs and we fund-raise for this purpose.

Additionally, by having our artists engage with students in underserved communities, we provide them with experience in music education, and introduce children to a range of music and artistic expression, through concerts offered to schools free of charge.  YMW is collaborating with the New Rochelle Public Library in support of the Library’s efforts to have local students engage with a diverse range of performing artists.

HOW DO WE FIND OUR MUSICIANS?

We partner with music conservatories and universities with outstanding music programs, providing their students and recent alumni with opportunities to perform the music they are studying and interested in exploring.  We also seek out venues where artists and their audiences gather to explore and listen to this range of musical expression.  Recommendations from music educators including conservatory faculty are always welcome.  Guidelines in selecting musicians for YMW are:

  • Singers and instrumentalists should be between the ages of 18 to 30
  • For ensembles, the average age should be no more than 30 with the oldest member of the group being no more than 35.

WHO WE ARE

Young Musicians of Westchester is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Westchester County, NY.  We offer concerts that are free to the public and free to schools.

Please see our Concerts page for information about upcoming and recent programs.

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