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String Orchestra

Now in its 26th year, the String Orchestra Program is open to students studying violin, viola, cello and bass, ages seven years and older, who are playing at a Suzuki Book 2 level or higher. Emphasizing high quality performances and the development of ensemble techniques, the orchestra program complements the individual lesson experience and acquaints students with a wide range of repertoire for string orchestra.  Weekly rehearsal culminate in performances at the end of each quarter. Enrollment in individual instruction at CMD is not required.

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Mozart Ensemble 
For beginning students with at least two years of study, this small group is an ideal first ensemble experience. Rehearsals concentrate on basic ensemble playing, orchestral conduct, and the development of strong reading and listening skills.

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm, Saturday afternoons 

Beethoven Ensemble
For intermediate and advanced players, the Beethoven Ensemble performs quality string literature from a variety of eras and styles. Emphasis is placed on refining ensemble techniques and developing a student’s musicality through orchestral performance.

  • ​4:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday afternoons

Audition requirements:
1. Two or three octave scale of choice
2. One repertoire piece (memorization not required)
3. Short sight reading example

Please email communitymusic@depaul.edu to schedule an audition.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • 60-minute weekly sessions, Saturday afternoons
  • $136 | 8 sessions
  • $109 for CMD students in individual instruction