Our multi-tiered string orchestras program affords students from beginning to advanced-intermediate level the chance to play in a large string ensemble under the direction of a conductor. In a relaxed setting, and in a group appropriate to their level of playing, students of all ages explore ensemble playing and develop their music skills. The Orchestras perform a concert each semester. Check the event listing for details!
Tigers String ensemble – For Beginning String Players, ages 5-7
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 4:30 pm
The Tigers ensemble provides an opportunity for very young string musicians to gain experience playing in a group setting. Children in this group focus on listening to one another, playing in harmony, and maintaining a steady sense of beat while watching the conductor. While playing music with their peers, children learn to balance their inevitable fun with a sense of discipline and team work. The group is open to 5-10 year olds with placement dependent on ensemble experience, maturity and skill level. Heather Sommerlad, director.
BMC Youth String Orchestra – For Intermediate String Players
Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6 pm
Students ready for the next level of challenge and growth comprise this intermediate group. Students are familiar with all first position finger patterns, have a strong understanding of rhythmical figures, and are comfortable with different articulations, bow directions and are able to follow the conductor. Heather Sommerlad, director. Registration is open on an on-going basis. 12-weeks $65 ($60 if enrolled in lessons).
BMC Senior Orchestra - Advanced String Players
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm
Our most advanced orchestra offers opportunity for committed students to further challenge their playing and orchestral ensemble skills. Students are playing 2-3 octave scales, reading in all keys, shifting and playing in at least 1st-3rd positions, aware of intonation and tone production, and are exploring dynamics and vibrato. Director: Moby Pearson. Registration is open on an on-going basis and the fee is $75 per semester.