The String Orchestra is made up of about 30 violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Musicians in the String Orchestra have achieved a level of intermediate or advanced musicianship and can tackle the challenge of a more advanced repertoire. Featured composers often include Corelli, Handel, Mozart, Holst, and Richard Meyer.
Approximately 30 student musicians are accepted each year; selection is based primarily on demonstrated ability and musicianship, but orchestral balance is also considered.
All new and returning students must audition for placement.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7:10–8:30 pm
Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed; a detailed calendar of meeting dates will be provided with the acceptance letter.
Participants must study privately, and previous orchestral experience is recommended.
Minimum Age Requirements
6th grade; must be 11 years old by September 1, 2023
Recommended Minimum Level of Playing
Violin: Sonata in F Major, G.F. Handel
Viola: Concerto in G Major, G.P. Telemann
Cello: Danse Rustique, W.H. Squire
Bass: Sonata, B. Marcello
Auditions for the 2023–24 academic year for String Orchestra will be held through an online submission process. The application period will close at 11:59 pm PDT on June 1. Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Once classes reach their maximum capacity with qualified students, no additional applications will be considered.
Audition results will be sent to the email address given for the student’s primary guardian (Guardian 1) by midnight on July 1. Accepted students must register by August 1.
Please record yourself playing the required scale for your instrument, a solo piece, and the audition excerpts.
Do not use an accompanist. Upload the video to YouTube and share the link in the application form below. Note: Private teacher’s written approval will be required for registration in this class.
Audition Materials by Instrument
Online Submission Instructions
String Orchestra Application Form