Most of our children are ready for playing in ensembles long before their schools can offer it to them. Our training orchestra’s mission is to introduce beginning music readers to the art of orchestral playing, providing a unique head start for children who may then go on to play in chamber orchestras, symphony orchestras and music festivals.. We are proud of our many students who have been consistently selected to play in the Erie County (ECMEA) orchestras and the New York Area All-State (NYSSMA) orchestras. We also provide an exclusive opportunity for a young SVWNY conductor in training.
Students gain experience with a variety of musical styles, including fiddle tunes, folk music from different countries, rock, baroque and classical. Their repertoire is chosen carefully, according to the students’ needs and potential. We also collaborate with different musicians and instruments that allow us to explore different repertoires.
Today this highly sought-after ensemble is open by audition to advanced young string players from around the area.
Think First Serve is a consulting company whose mission is to help people and organizations figure out new ways to grow, through creative thinking and problem solving. SVWNY has collaborated with Think First Serve on a number of successful projects over the past several years. Currently we offer a special opportunity for our SVWNY students, and their parents, to participate in workshops aimed at understanding how you and your child prefer to learn, practice and perform – and how that may be similar or different to those around you. The workshops provide insights and tools that are valuable not just for Suzuki, but across all aspects of school and life.
We believe strongly in giving back to our wider community, and offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year for children to use their musical gifts for the benefit of others in Buffalo and beyond. We particularly focus on raising awareness of and benefitting children’s causes. In the past couple of years we have volunteered and/or raised money for organizations such as: