String Ensembles for all levels and ages

More information on our Fall 2021 season will be released once we can assess the Covid-19 situation. We are undecided about what our programming can look like at this point and we will update the information as we are able to. 

In non-Covid times, string ensembles rehearse during the months of October, November, January and February.  Violin, viola, cello, and bass students of all ages are welcome.

All ages are welcome.  For those new to the string ensembles, please arrange for a placement audition by sending an email to kayla.dksm@gmail.com.

Registration fee:

$80 per participant for the full season (Oct. - Feb.)

OR

$40 per participant for a two month session (either Fall or Winter).  

Twinklers Strings

Rehearses on Thursdays, 5:00-5:30, Location TBD

                Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

Twinklers is for violin and cello students in their first years of lessons.  The focus for this group is developing aural/oral music skills at a beginner level, enjoying making music together, and reinforcing proper movement and technique.  Repertoire for this class will be taken from the first half of Suzuki book 1 as well as other simple pieces. However, the focus will be more on deepening the students' understanding of music through creative interaction with common repertoire than on learning new pieces.

Given COVID safety measures, if the group size grows too large, we may alternate weeks each student attends with an option to follow the rehearsal online at home.

 

 

 

 

Director: Sarah-Lynn Bergen

 

Allegro Strings

Allegro Strings is for violin and cello students playing at an RCM gr. 1 level (second half of Suzuki book 1 to the first few pieces in Suzuki book 2).  Students will be playing primarily in the keys of D and G major.  No note reading will be required at this level, but the focus will be on enjoying making music with others, developing aural/oral music skills, practicing ensemble skills and reinforcing proper movement and technical development.  Repertoire will focus mainly on Suzuki pieces, simple canons and/or folk tunes, either in unison or 2 parts.  Through games and activities, students will also strengthen their understanding of basic music concepts, including an introduction to sight reading and string orchestra knowledge.  All ages are welcome.

Given COVID safety measures, if the group size grows too large, we may alternate weeks each student attends with an option to follow the rehearsal online at home.

Rehearses on Thursdays, 6:00-6:30, Location TBD

                 Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 Director: Sarah-Lynn Bergen

 

Da Capo Strings
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Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-7:45, Location TBD

               Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

Da Capo Strings is a beginning string orchestra for violin, viola and bass students who have begun working on their note reading skills.  Students should be studying at a RCM gr. 2 - 3 level (from the middle of Suzuki book 2 to the first pieces in Suzuki book 3).  Students should be familiar with the fingerings for keys G, D, B♭, F major and D minor.  The focus will be on learning about the string orchestra, building ensemble playing skills, and learning to follow both printed music and the conductor.  All ages are welcome. 

Given COVID safety measures, if the group size grows too large, we may alternate weeks each student attends with an option to follow the rehearsal online at home.

Director:  Sarah-Lynn Bergen

Encore Strings

Encore Strings is an intermediate string orchestra for violin, viola, cello and bass players who are developing a confidence with sight reading and are growing in a variety of techniques (eg. shifting, vibrato, off-the-string playing).  Students should be in RCM gr. 4 - 5 (Middle of Suzuki book 3 to the beginning of Suzuki book 4).  1st violins will be expected to play in positions.  All ages are welcome.

Director: Rochelle Drudge

Rehearses on Thursdays, 5:45-6:45, Location TBD

                  Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

Post Road Strings - Youth 

Post Road Strings is a string orchestra for musicians who have ensemble experience and are playing at a minimum RCM gr. 6 level with confidence.  Players will be expected to have sight reading skills and practice time enabling them to learn a wide variety of repertoire rather quickly.  Collaborations with regional choirs, bands and solo musicians offer a wide range of musical experiences. 

 

Director: Jason Vanwynsberghe

Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30, Location TBD

                Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

Post Road Strings - Adult 

Post Road Strings is a string orchestra for musicians who have ensemble experience and are playing at a minimum RCM gr. 6 level with confidence.  Players will be expected to have sight reading skills and practice time enabling them to learn a wide variety of repertoire rather quickly.  Collaborations with regional choirs, bands and solo musicians offer a wide range of musical experiences. 

 

Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-8:00, Location TBD

                Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2021

Director: Wes Hamm

String ensembles generously supported by:

Manitoba Arts Council's Arts Development Support Grant