Our three-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!
BMC Prima Orchestra – For Beginning String Players
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Prima Orchestra is designed to give new string players an opportunity to make music with others, learn the basics of orchestra playing, and to improve general music skills. Games and music composed exclusively for this orchestra are used to teach basic ensemble playing techniques. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends who play music. The orchestra is open to beginner and intermediate string players from any school. Director: Heather Sommerlad. Registration is open on an on-going basis and the fee is $40 per semester.
BMC Junior Orchestra – For Intermediate String Players
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 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. Directors: Michelle Liechti and David Tasgal. Registration is open on an on-going basis and the fee is $60 per semester.
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.