String Ensembles for all levels and ages

Register for Fall 2021 String Ensembles! 

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 sarah.dksm@gmail.com.

Registration fee:

$40 per participant for the fall season (Oct. - Nov.)


COVID-19 Restrictions: 

According to order 19 under the Public Health Act, those participating in group music lessons 12 and over must produce proof of Covid immunization or proof of medical exemption. For participants 12 and over, please email a screenshot of your proof of vaccination or medical exemption to strings.dksm@gmail.com. 

Participants 5 and up will be required to wear a mask during rehearsals and social distancing will be practiced. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact us. 

We ask that you do not attend classes if you are showing any symptoms of illness. 

Twinklers Strings
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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.

This group will be combined with the Allegro ensemble for fall 2021. 

Rehearses on Thursdays, 5:15-6:00, Location: Covenant Church, Winkler. 

                Fall Season: Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

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.

This group will be combined with the Twinklers Strings ensemble for Fall 2021. 

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Rehearses on Thursdays, 5:15-6:00, Location: Covenant Mennonite Church, Winkler. 

                 Fall Season: Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 Director: Sarah-Lynn Bergen

 

Da Capo Strings
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Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-7:45, Location: Covenant Mennonite Church, Winkler. 

               Fall Season: Oct. 14 - 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. 

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 - 6.  1st violins will be expected to play in positions.  All ages are welcome.

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Director: Rochelle Drudge

Rehearses on Thursdays, 6:00-7:00, Location: Covenant Mennonite Church, Winkler. 

                  Fall Season: Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 2021

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Post Road Strings - Youth / Young Adult 

Post Road Youth Strings is a string orchestra for musicians who have ensemble experience and are playing at a minimum RCM gr. 7 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.

 

Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30, Location: Covenant Mennonite Church, Winkler. 

                Fall Season: Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 2021

Director: Jason Vanwynsberghe

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

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

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Post Road Strings - Adult 

Post Road Adult Strings is a string orchestra for musicians who have ensemble experience and are playing at a minimum RCM gr. 5 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. 

 

Rehearses on Thursdays, 7:00-8:00, Location: Covenant Mennonite Church, Winkler. 

                Fall Season: Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 2021

Director: Wes Hamm

String ensembles generously supported by:

Manitoba Arts Council's Arts Development Support Grant