The String Orchestra includes violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Students in the ensemble will focus on the refinement of orchestral performance techniques, musical expression and style, sight-reading, and ensemble skills.
Repertoire is in the intermediate to advanced range, with works in original instrumentation by composers such as Corelli, Handel, Mozart, Holst, and Richard Meyer, as well as arrangements of standard literature.
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, 7–8:40 pm
Performances twice yearly in Zipper Hall
Performances annually in Los Angeles, including Hollenbeck Palms and Disneyland
Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are canceled until further notice. Visit this page to learn more about fall semester updates.
Participants must study privately, and previous orchestral experience is recommended.
Minimum Age Requirements
6th grade; must be 11 years old by September 1, 2020
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 2020–21 academic year will be held through an online submission. Starting in April, submissions can be made through the application below. The application will close on July 30.
Please record yourself playing the excerpts and required pieces posted below for the corresponding ensemble and upload the video to YouTube:
Online Submission Instructions
- Start your video by stating your full name and what ensemble(s) you are auditioning for.
- Please name the file by the following format: First name Last name.Instrument
For example, John Smith.Violin
- When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow the general public to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
- The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.