The String Ensemble includes violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Students in the ensemble will focus on development of orchestral performance techniques, musicianship, sight-reading, and ensemble skills. Repertoire is in the intermediate range.
Approximately 30 student musicians are accepted each year; selection is based primarily on demonstrated ability and musical promise, but orchestral balance is also considered.
All new and returning students must audition for placement.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 6–6:50 pm
Performances twice yearly in Zipper Hall
Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are canceled until further notice. Visit this page to learn more about fall semester updates.
For students interested developing their skills and technique in a supportive environment, check out the String Workshops. Auditions are required.
Participants must study privately and have good intermediate sight-reading skills. Previous orchestral experience is encouraged.
Minimum Age Requirement
5th grade; must be 10 years old by September 1, 2020
Recommended Minimum Level of Playing
Violin: Concerto in A Minor, A. Vivaldi
Viola: Bourrée, J.S. Bach
Cello: Sonata in C Major, J.B. Breval
Bass: Gavotte, J.B. Lully
String Ensemble Application Form
Please record yourself playing the excerpts and required pieces posted below for the corresponding ensemble and upload the video to YouTube:
Violin Audition Requirements
Viola Audition Requirements
Cello Audition Requirements
Bass Audition Requirements
Online Submission Instructions