Music Program at the Wayne Art Center

The Wayne Art Center's Music Faculty is comprised of excellent and experienced teachers who understand how to nurture, encourage and guide your child through beginning to advanced levels in their chosen instrument(s). Because we have a large teaching faculty, we are able to help you select and match your child with the teacher best equipped to meet their needs. Student Recital opportunities are offered twice per year, and lesson times are available Monday through Saturday year-round.


Meet Our Music Faculty

Our Faculty all come from prestigious musical backgrounds. They have studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Cleveland Institute, Julliard School of Music, and Temple University to name only a few. Our teachers are also performers; they continue to work with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, as well as other prominent classical music groups.

We invite you to make an appointment to come in and talk with our teachers. We look forward to forming an exciting and rewarding musical relationship with your child.

Wayne Honors String Orchestra:

The Wayne Art Center's String Orchestra brings together the finest teen and young adult musicians to rehearse and perform outstanding original works of string orchestra literature by notable composers such as Britten, Corelli, Bach, Warlock, Walton, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Telemann, Albinoni, Handel, Torelli, Grieg, Boyce and Respighi.

This exceptional ensemble will enhance & support school and college orchestra programs as well as provide an opportunity for home-schooled students and others who would benefit from an ensemble experience.

Through the pursuit of musical excellence, young adults will experience the joy of music making, develop a lifelong passion for music, reinforce leadership potential, and enrich the surrounding community by sharing their talents through a high quality concert experience.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 1st, 9AM-3PM
Please Contact Mrs. Joyce Prichard (joyce@wayneart.org) to arrange an audition time.

Audition Requirements:
Auditions are open to advanced violin, viola, cello & bass players.

  • Three octave major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (including C Major)
  • Two contrasting movements from a concerto or sonata without an accompanist. PMEA District audition pieces are strongly recommended, but similar level pieces from the standard classical repertoire will be accepted. Students should have a well-developed vibrato and excellent intonation. Only selected portions of the audition piece will be heard at the audition.
  • Sight-reading excerpts will be provided.

Tuition for Accepted Musicians:
$250 members / $280 non-members (10% discount for accepted applicants who register by 7/1/2014)

Rehearsals & Concert:
WAC String Orchestra rehearsals will be on Monday evenings from 7:15-8:45PM beginning September 15, and will culminate with a concert on Monday, November 17th at 7:30PM
(We ask that you be able to commit to the rehearsal and concert dates if you register for an audition

About Our Conductor:
Music educator, conductor, clinician, performer, and adjudicator Joyce S. Prichard has developed award-winning ensembles in the Philadelphia area, has taught extensively in private and public school settings and is founder of the Wayne Art Center String Orchestra. She has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for honors orchestras and string ensembles from intermediate through college level throughout Pennsylvania, and conducted at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Her articles on string pedadogy have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music magazine as well as on the National Association for Music Education's web-site. Mrs. Prichard is an active performer as a violin section leader in the Main Line Symphony Orchestra.