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It's early Saturday morning at William Penn High School in York, where a group of talented teenagers is not sleeping in.

It's rehearsal time for the York Youth Symphony Orchestra. 74 young musicians fine tuning and tweaking the musical program for their next concert.

Some of the best of the best from twenty school districts and home schooled students, under the watchful eye and gentle nudge of musical director and conductor Gregory Woodbridge.

"They're preparing very difficult music," said Woodbridge. "It's a very challenging repertoire that professional orchestras would play. So, you have to find a way to get them excited about learning their music and putting it all together and having fun."

The orchestra performs three concerts a year. And, most of these musicians also play for their home school orchestra. The kids say they welcome the challenge of playing at this level.

Dallastown High School senior Lauren Hodge said she and her fellow players welcome the challenge of playing at such a high level.

"The music pieces are always very interesting," said the 5th year orchestra member. "And Mr. Woodbridge always manages to pick pieces that are different. It's music we haven't heard before. But, it's nothing really obscure that we won't enjoy playing."

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