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String Orchestra

Launched in 1995, the String Orchestra Program is open to students of violin, viola, cello and bass, ages seven years and up. Emphasizing high quality performances and the development of ensemble techniques, the orchestra program complements the private lesson experience and acquaints students with a wide range of repertoire for string orchestra. Weekly rehearsals culminate in performances at the end of each quarter.

String Reading Orchestra

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.

DePaul Youth String Orchestra

For intermediate and advanced players, the Youth Orchestra 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.

Audition requirements:

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

Please call the CMD office to schedule an appointment 773-325-7262.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • Saturday afternoons
  • $126 | 8 sessions
  • $98 for CMD students in individual instruction

Youth Orchestra/Advanced Chamber Ensemble 

By invitation only, this group is selected from members of the DePaul Youth Orchestra who have demonstrated a high level of technical and musical proficiency on their instruments. The group performs more difficult repertoire written for string ensemble.

  • Mina Zikri, Conductor
  • Saturday afternoons
  • 60-minute weekly sessions (meeting times to be arranged)
  • $72 | 8 sessions