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 the 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 Dr. Lindsay Wright who also conducts String Orchestra and Preparatory Strings at Hyde Park Youth Symphony, where she has led these two orchestras since 2015. She has served as an instrumental music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia and as a private violin teacher, group instructor, and chamber coach in a range of contexts. In 2013, she co-founded a small cooperative music school that offers private and group instruction to students on Chicago’s South Side. Wright is active as a classical violinist and has enjoyed learning a range of other genres.


Prelude rehearses Sundays 4:30—6:00pm.
Performs at the 2:00pm concert in November, March, and May.