Magdalena Garbalinska
NYLSO Conductor

NYLSO, the New York Late-Starters String Orchestra, is something special. It was founded in early 2007, and grew out of a concept developed by The East London Late Starters Orchestra (ELLSO), an award-winning group in England. NYLSO is an amateur chamber orchestra for beginning or recently returning adult players of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. We are not a class, but rather a highly committed and enthusiastic group of individuals who want to enjoy the experience of playing serious music in an organized group.

If you played a string instrument when you were younger and would like to start again, or if you are learning as an adult and would like the chance to play in a group of similar people, then NYLSO is for you! Our goal is to create a fun, supportive, noncompetitive environment for adults 18 to 80+ who wish to participate in collective music-making.

Participants should have basic music reading skills and a willingness to commit to the group, but are not required to audition. Absolute beginners are welcome, but it is recommended that you have studied your instrument for at least 1 year.

We expect members to take the work seriously, to respect each other and the group as a whole, and to honor the commitment to the group after joining it. In return, you can expect to develop as a player and to have some serious fun!

See us in action.

Please Support Us!

The New York Late-Starters Orchestra is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of NYLSO must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Donate On-line at Fractured Atlas.


Session: Fall 2017 Dates:

9/10, 9/17, 10/1, NO REHEARSAL 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 (Open Rehearsal).

LOCATION: Studios 353
353 West 48th St. (2nd Fl)
(between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY

All rehearsals are 3:00-5:00p unless otherwise noted. Location subject to change. Please email us if it is your first time.

Drop in session:
6 week session: $100
(cash only)

Catch up on our events or workshops of interest on Facebook.

Check out our small group ensemble for newer players

Check out the NPR story on NYLSO member Ari Goldman's book

...and the Wall Street Journal article

Read about us in the Spring 2012 Issue of Listen Magazine!!