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Advanced Performance String Ensemble

On hiatus for 2021-22 Season
Four teenage violinists developing ensemble skills

For advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass students with a high level of commitment, the Advanced Performance String Ensemble and Studio Class offers a chance to develop ensemble and solo skills at a high level.  The Advanced Performance String Ensemble is a conductorless chamber orchestra based on the model of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. With this model, members of the ensemble are equally responsible for leading and following; they must communicate with each other to shape the music. The skills they develop in this way form the basis of excellence in ensemble playing at the highest levels. In addition to communication skills, other key ensemble skills include blending sound, matching articulations, and voicing. This ensemble performs multiple times throughout the year and requires a full year commitment from participants.

In the studio class portion, students perform for each other, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and develop stage presence and performance skills. Regular solo performance practice helps students become confident performers in concerts and auditions. Piano accompaniment is provided at every class.

While this ensemble and studio class is the culmination of the Suzuki group class program, non-Suzuki students of the appropriate level are welcome. Audition required for all participants.

Ages: 11 & up
Prerequisites: Audition required
Length: 28 weeks (14 per semester), plus concert; 1 hour 15 minute classes
Cost: $130 for students enrolled in Suzuki Program; $330 for others
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Faculty: Alicia Casey