Saturday Morning Strings Program
Saturday Morning Strings is a graded ensemble program for string players from Preliminary to AMus A. It is for students of violin, viola, cello and double bass and includes classes in Chamber Music for intermediate and advanced students. Saturday Morning Strings runs for nine weeks per school term and comprises five groups and technique classes:
(Cello, Violin and Double Bass)
For absolute beginners: you get a half hour group lesson on cello, violin or double bass with a qualified string teacher. Your fee also includes an instrument which you can take home to practice on. Students can enrol in a beginner string ensemble for a maximum two terms, after which they should progress to Mini Strings.
Open to students up to the age of 10, entry typically begins at beginner level to Grade 1 to 2. Students enrol in Mini Strings for a term and their progress is monitored. The teacher will progress them to String Ensemble when they are ready. Students perform at String Fest - a strings student solo and ensemble concert held twice a year.
3. Junior String Orchestra
Junior String Orchestra is the next level up from Mini's. Students are typically in Primary School and Grade 3 to 4 on their instrument. Exciting new repertoire is added, preparing students for the next level. String Ensemble also performs at String Fest.
Students are now proficient on their instrument, able to read and play parts from more complex scores and developing their group performance skills. Junior String Orchestra members also learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes. There are five chamber groups which split away from the main group to practice and rehearse together.
The Central Coast Chamber Orchestra is the Conservatorium's premier string ensemble and regularly performs in the Premier Ensembles Concert, at Opera in the Arboretum and other high profile community events. As well as weekly rehearsals on a Saturday, the Orchestra also learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes. There are five chamber groups which split away from the main group to practice and rehearse together. Members also attend a half hour instrument specific technique class where they work on technical aspects of playing. There are numerous opportunities to perform during the year in concerts and workshop master classes.
Students playing in the Junior String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra also attend a half hour instrument specific technique class where students work on technical aspects of playing.
Students involved in the Saturday Strings program and one-to-one lesson are also able to participate in a number of extension opportunities including:
- Masterclasses with world renowned musicians and international visiting artists
- Performance practice classes twice a term
For a full schedule of rehearsals, please contact the Conservatorium on 4324 7477.
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We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.