Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of young musicians who come together to tackle the challenge of playing great works of the chamber orchestra literature. The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Director Sherri Anderson to provide young string players the opportunity to develop the essential skills for refined chamber playing. Many of our original members were 5 and 6 years old when the ensemble was founded. These players have grown up learning to listen for the fine details of chamber music - balance, intonation, compositional structure and style. It is the hope that by the time students graduate, they will have an appreciation that all great art begins with the discipline of learning one’s craft. There is a leadership-training program built into the structure of Stretto to give older students a chance to teach the younger students and lead their peers. Stretto has performed in Chicago, Paris, Essen, Düsseldorf, Florence, Prague, Vienna, Baden, Montenegro, Croatia and as part of the Philadelphia Bach Festival.