String Ensembles for all levels and ages

COVID-19 Update: 

Unfortunately, due to rising local cases and increased restrictions on gathering size, we have had to suspend our season early. We're looking forward to meeting again when it's safe to do so. Stay tuned for updates!

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 Wednesdays, 4:30-5:00, in Morden

                Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2020

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: Rochelle Drudge

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 Director: Rochelle Drudge

 

Rehearses on Wednesdays, 5:15-5:45, in Morden

                 Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2020

Da Capo Strings

Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15, in Morden

               Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2020

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, the current plan for Da Capo is to rehearse in smaller groups on Wednesdays at 6:30 to 7:15 pm. Rehearsals will be bi-weekly for each individual student. Every rehearsal will be accessible through Zoom, so students who are not physically at rehearsal have the option to participate and play along with a muted microphone in the comfort of their own home. In addition, I will be providing practice tracks that can be used in individual practice. The group will collectively work on one or two pieces. In November, we will be recording the pieces (both video and audio), group by group, and combining the recordings to create our own virtual performance.

Director:  Natalie Dawe

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.

In light of the covid-19 situation Encore will be rehearsing in quartets/octets or sectionals, alternating the weeks each student will attend rehearsals to limit the number of people at rehearsals. Rehearsals can be followed live on zoom for those not in attendance or for those needing to stay home for health reasons.  Practice tracks will be made of the repertoire to aid in practicing at home.

Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15, in Morden

                  Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2020

Director: Rochelle Drudge

Rehearses on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00, in Morden

                Fall Season: Oct. 7 - Nov. 25, 2020

Post Road Strings

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

For this year, given COVID safety measures, instead of collecting into one large string orchestra the members of Post Road strings will be divided into 4-8 person chamber ensembles.  As with other years  a minimum RCM gr. 6 level is required, and players will be expected to have sight reading skills and practice time enabling them to learn a wide variety of repertoire rather quickly. The repertoire selections will be determined based off of the registrations and the resulting groups. 

Each group will have at least 40min of rehearsal time every other week, with good potential for further rehearsal time depending on the number of registrations and other factors. 

Director: Jason Vanwynsberghe

String ensembles generously supported by:

    Morden

  Winkler

Altona

     Manitou

Carman

Gretna

Plum Coulee

and surrounding areas

serving Southern Manitoba

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