Late-Starters String Orchestra
If you played a string instrument when you were younger and would like to start again, or if you are learning as an adult and would like the chance to play in a group of similar people, then NYLSO is for you!
The New York Late-Starters String Orchestra (NYLSO) is an amateur chamber orchestra for beginning or recently-returning adult string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) that believes in the power of music and the under-appreciated potential of adults to change the world. We aim to counterbalance the stifling framework society has built for the adult place in today’s culture.
We remind people that the opportunity for transformation and self discovery, both inherently encouraged in the music-making experience, is a right at any age.
NYLSO provides a space to bring people back to what matters most in life. The pursuit of joy, the deeply profound experience of connecting to others on like-minded journeys, the absolute latitude to abandon the constraints of constantly chasing perfection. Making music need not be approached as a competitive venture, but rather as a reminder of our fundamental human-ness.
We take this very seriously, our superpowers to travel through the dawn of time and stimulate primal feelings, to bring forth emotions with the draw of a bow. We also recognize that a C-sharp played as a C-natural can be just as meaningful to the big picture.
Where We Meet:
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
10 Union Square East (At 4th Ave) -Second Floor
Sign-in at Lobby
New York, NY
Location subject to change.
Please email us if it is your first time.
Times - Sundays:
2:00 - 3:00 - Advanced Chamber - email for info.
2:00 - 4:00 - Beginner Ensemble Orchestra
3:00 - 5:00pm - Main Orchestra
$100 for 6-week session
Winter II 2020
March 15 - CANCELED
March 22 - CANCELED
March 29 - CANCELED
April 5 - CANCELED
We will continue to monitor the COVID situation but in all likelihood, our next meeting will take place in the fall...as much as it breaks our hearts to say so.
Help Support Us:
The New York Late-Starters Orchestra is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of NYLSO must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Photo Credit: Ben Zibit
Photo Credit: Ben Zibit
For me NYLSO is what I had been looking for. I am a late starter so it was a right fit. You are accepted wherever you're at in your violin playing. It is a relaxed, friendly environment to be in. - MP, member since 2014
I started playing the violin 14 months ago. Although at first I felt that I was not good enough to play with other musicians, that was quickly dispelled when I met the other members of NYLSO. The welcoming atmosphere, encouragement, and support were felt immediately!
Looking back, becoming part of NYLSO has not only given me confidence to play with others, it has also reinforced my life-long desire to play the violin. - LA, member since 2017
I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music - George Eliot