The Hershey Symphony Festival Strings

The Hershey Symphony Festival Strings invites you to join the area’s most renowned youth orchestra. Festival Strings is an 80-member string orchestra consisting of middle school students from the greater Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster and West Shore area schools who are in grades 6 through 9. Membership is open to any student, without audition, upon recommendation of their school orchestra director, and to students in home school and cyber school programs. Students in grades 10-12 may enroll as rehearsal assistants, helping with tuning, auditions and sectionals, but they are seated at the back of the sections.

The group’s conductor is Dr. Sandra Dackow, ASCAP Award winning arranger and Music Director of the Hershey Symphony.  Dr. Dackow is one of the foremost arrangers of music for beginning and intermediate string orchestras and an in-demand guest conductor around the world.   Her arrangements have been a favorite of teachers, students and audiences for over twenty years.

Please download the application below for more information.

2016-2017 Hershey Symphony Festival Strings Application


Friday, September 30

Friday, November 11

Thursday, December 1

Saturday, December 3

Thursday, January 19

Friday, January 27

Tuesday, January 31

Thursday, February 2

Friday, February 3

Friday, February 17

Saturday, February 18

Sunday, February 19

Sunday, February 19

Thursday, March 30

Friday, March 31

Tuesday, April 4

April 5,6,7 OR 8

Thursday, April 20

Friday, April 21

7:00-9:00 pm.

4:00-9:00 pm.

4:00-7:30 pm.

7:00 pm. – Concert

4:00 – 6:30 pm

4:00-9:00 pm.

4:00-6:30 pm.

4:00-7:30 pm.

8:00 pm Concert

4:00-9:00 pm

11:00 – 4:00 pm

noon – 2:30 pm

3:00 pm Concert

4:00 – 6:30 pm

4:00 – 9:00 pm

4:00 – 6:30 pm

all day – Atlantic City

4:00 – 7:30 pm

8:00 pm Concert


The enrollment deadline is September 25th.  To complete your enrollment, you need to fill out the application form on pages 2 and 3, obtain the signature of your school orchestra director, and include a check for the enrollment fee of $200.00, payable to Hershey Symphony. Mail the application form and the enrollment fee to:

2016-2017 Hershey Symphony Festival Strings Application

Emily Wolfe, 478 Greble Rd., Lebanon, PA 17046  - Applications may also be brought to the first rehearsal on Sept 30.

High school students who are graduates of the program may return to serve as rehearsal assistants, gaining valuable mentoring experience.

During the past seventeen years, Festival Strings has been selected through audition to perform five times for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference and three times for the Eastern Division Music Educations National Conference. In 2004 Festival Strings made their first appearance at the MENC National Conference in Minneapolis, and performed again for them in April of 2006 in Salt Lake City. Festival Strings performed for the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December of 2006.

In the spring of 2008 the orchestra was in Albuquerque for the American String Teachers Association national convention. In 2009 the orchestra traveled to Providence to perform for the MENC Eastern Division, and to Valley Forge for the PMEA conference. Festival Strings is recognized for setting a national standard for performance excellence and is unique in its scope and offerings.



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