Philharmonia is an advanced full orchestra for middle and high school players*, which studies and performs great masterworks of symphonic repertoire. Recent seasons have included symphonies of Dvořák, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Haydn, and Holst’s The Planets, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Members are also eligible to participate in the Philharmonia Young Artists Concerto Competition.
Philharmonia focuses on very advanced musical and technical development, deep listening, keen ensemble skills, and a collaborative spirit. Critical thinking, curiosity, and independent problem-solving are hallmarks of the Philharmonia experience.
Conductor Anthony Krempa brings a wealth of experience to Philharmonia, both as a professional violinist and violist and a seasoned educator. For the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he served as conductor of both its Civic Youth Ensembles and its summer music festival, AVANTI, for high school age musicians performing alongside DSO professionals. He also served for thirteen years as conductor in the Oakland Youth Orchestras of Rochester, Michigan. He is currently on the orchestra staff at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
*String students, 6-12 grade. Wind, brass & percussion students, 8-12 grade.
Rehearses Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm.
Performs at 4:30pm concerts in November, March, and May.