Prelude Orchestra is for early-intermediate string players, grades 5 through 9. Their repertoire includes works composed specifically for strings, including Baroque concertos, contemporary pieces, settings of folk songs, and classic orchestral works arranged for young players, with an emphasis on standard symphonic works by master composers. EYSO has commissioned new music for Prelude by composers Carrie Lane Gruselle, Ethan Parcell, and others.

Besides great repertoire, Prelude focuses on musical independence, refining string technique, critical thinking, developing practice habits, and deeper listening.

Prelude is led by Andrea Ferguson.

Performs during the 2:00pm concerts in November, March, and May.