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String Orchestra

Conducted by Pat Kelly
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The String Orchestra provides intermediate string players with a comprehensive ensemble experience. The Saturday String rehearsal includes theory and ear-training lessons. Literature is selected to broaden repertoire and learn more advanced techniques of following a conductor. Specific bowing techniques, such as spiccato, martelé, hooked bowings and legato, are included. Orchestral intonation is also covered. Students learn to work through difficult passages specific to their instrument.


String Orchestra repertoire:
Bach: Cantana: “Wachet auf”, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, Fugue in G minor, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances; Biber: Battalia; Brahms/Isaac: Hungarian Dance No. 5; Del Borgo: Russian Folk Dance; Gliere: Russian Sailor’s Dance; Grieg: Holberg Suite, Two Elegiac Melodies, “Ase’s Death” from Peer Bynt Suite, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Handel: Allegro from Concerto Grosso, Little Twelve Sinfonias, Suite III from Water Music; Mozart: Serenade No. 9; Purcell: Two 17th Century Dances; Tchaikovsky/Turner: The Nutcracker Suite; Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major; Vaughan Williams/Foster: Rhosymedre.

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Click here to listen to an audio sample of the String Orchestra, performing Edvard Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, recorded live at our May 5, 2013 Spring Concert.
Orchestra type: 
(intermediate level)