The Festival Strings is the introductory level group and serves as a preparatory ensemble. It provides a first exposure for the participating musicians to perform in a small ensemble setting. Students must be at least seven years of age to participate in the Festival Strings.
The String Ensemble is the intermediate level ensemble of WYSE. This group is for the more advanced string player and musician, ages ranging from ten to eighteen. Most students have had prior ensemble performance experience.
The Chamber Players are the most advanced level ensemble for ages thirteen through eighteen. This is the elite group and they perform the most challenging pieces. The more advanced groups are augmented by the addition of wind players for selected pieces, in order to give these string players the experience of performing in a full orchestra setting.