String Orchestra

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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.

Duration
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7–8:40 pm
Performances twice yearly in Zipper Hall
Performances annually in Los Angeles, including Hollenbeck Palms and Disneyland

Audition Information

Auditions have already passed for the 2019–20 academic year. Students interested in auditioning for the String Orchestra in the future should fill out an inquiry form. Updates will be sent out when auditions are available.

Prerequisites
Participants must study privately, and previous orchestral experience is recommended.

Minimum Age Requirements
6th grade; must be 11 years old by September 1, 2019

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

Application Packet
Select one of the following application packets to download, which must be brought with you to your audition. Please note that your current teacher’s signature is required on the application form.

Double Bass Packet
Cello Packet
Viola Packet
Violin Packet