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Hana Morford, Conductor

Emphasizing the fundamentals of large ensemble playing, the String Ensemble is an ideal first orchestral experience for late elementary through intermediate students of violin, viola, cello, and double bass in elementary and middle school or up to age 14. Rehearsals will focus on the mastery of string orchestra techniques, listening, following, leadership, rhythm, and blend of sound. The intense preparation of repertoire culminates in the performance of a Fall and Spring concert.

New and continuing students must audition for acceptance and placement in the orchestra. Auditions are open to all interested students but priority will be given to those in individual instruction at the Preparatory. Only students in individual instruction at the Preparatory are eligible to participate in Preparatory recitals or competitions, including the String Ensemble Competition.

Auditions for New and Continuing String Ensemble Members

Audition Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

*Scheduling for August auditions will begin on July 1, 2017.

Audition Time: TBA (Returning students who wish to be considered for YAO should audition between TBA.)

Audition Location: TBA

All orchestral auditions should be taken solo, without piano accompaniment.

Please call the Preparatory Office at 667-208-6640 to schedule an appointment. New students and all members of the 2016-2017 Preparatory String Ensemble must schedule an audition appointment for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Audition Requirements

One Piece

  • Recommended minimum repertoire levels:
    • Violin:¬† Suzuki Book 4
    • Viola:¬† Suzuki Book 3
    • Cello:¬† Suzuki Book 3
    • Double Bass:¬† By teacher recommendation
  • Memorization not required.


  • Bowings:¬† 2, 3, 4 and 6 notes per bow, staccato and legato.
  • Keys as follows:
    • Violin:¬† 2 octave C or D major in 3rd¬†position and 2 octave B-flat major in 1st¬†position.¬† (G major three octave scale recommended by not mandatory.)
    • Viola:¬† 1 octave C or D major in 3rd¬†position and 1 octave B-flat major in 1st¬†position
    • Cello:¬† 2 octave C, D, and G major
    • Double Bass:¬† 1 octave B-flat, C and D major


Beginning understanding of spiccato. 

Please note:  Sight-reading is a very important orchestral skill and will be emphasized.  Playing the recommended repertoire does not guarantee acceptance.

Course Information

Students in Individual Instruction at the Preparatory
Course #: PP.200.016 01

Students Not in Individual Instruction at the Preparatory
Course #: PP.200.017 01

Once you’re ready to register for classes and/or individual instruction, please visit our¬†registration page.