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String Orchestra

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Started in 1995, the DePaul String Orchestra Program is open to students of violin, viola, cello and bass, ages seven years and up. Emphasizing high quality performances, ear training, 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. For Spring Quarter, students will participate in online classes focusing on ear training for strings and coaching of parts for a virtual performance project. 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.

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.

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
  • $136 | 8 sessions
  • $109 for CMD students in individual instruction