Concert String Orchestra (CSO):

The Concert String Orchestra is an ensemble where the students will be performing challenging pieces of different musical styles and wide dynamic ranges.  The repertoire of the CSO will build on skills learned in the Intermediate String Orchestra and include more advanced orchestral techniques such as trills, double stops, and require the ability to play clean passagework (16th notes).  Students playing in this ensemble should be proficient in sight-reading in first position in keys with up to 3 sharps and flats, as well as be able to comfortably play and read in 3rd position, and have an introduction to 5th position. 

Conductor: Stephanie Swisher

Associate Conductor: Rob Rempher

Audition Guidelines:

2-3 octave scale, Two to three minutes of a solo piece of your choice, and sight reading.

An example of appropriate solo repertoire is as follows:

Violin: The Boy Paganini by Mollenhauer, Sarabande by Bohm, Meditation from Thais, Accolay Concerto, Haydn G major Concerto, Bach Double Concerto.

Viola: Bach Concerto no. 1, Brahms Hungarian Dance, Suzuki Book 5 repertoire

Cello:  J. B. Breval Sonata (1st or 2nd movement), Sonata in E minor Op. 1 No.2 first or second movement by Benedetto Marcello, Minuets from Suite in G major BWV 1007 by J. S. Bach, Tchaikovsky Chanson Triste, Suzuki Cello Book 4 pieces.

Bass: 2-octave scale, Marcello sonatas, Faure "Apres un reve,” Pichl Concerto, Eccles Sonata in G minor, Vivaldi Six Sonatas for Cello, Marcello Sonata in E minor, Capuzzi Concerti in F major, (ASTA CAP level 3-5 pieces)

Rehearsals: Saturday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Bone Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Music Building 

Tuition: $160

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