Conducted by Donna Jelen, CIM's String Sinfonia Orchestra is open to young string players who seek a fun and educational ensemble environment.

Little or no previous ensemble experience is needed to participate. The orchestra performs at the end of each semester with the other Preparatory division orchestras.

Students should be comfortable performing music that is Grade 1 - 2.5 level; performing and sight-reading in the keys of A, D, G, C and F, as well as A, E and D Minor; and reading basic rhythms in simple and compound time signatures.

Students will learn to:

  • Count independently
  • Execute orchestral bowings
  • Watch the conductor
  • Blend with the other musicians in the group

If you have questions, contact Mary Ann Grof-Neiman at 216.791.5000 ext. 371.

Audition Information

At CIM, we require all students to audition for the String Sinfonia Orchestra. Auditions will be held on May 12, 2018 from 8:00am - 12:00pm. We will not be holding fall auditions. Audition requirements are as follows:

  • Scales – Be prepared to play 1 to 2 octaves of the following scales: A major, D major, G major, F Major and C major.
  • Solo Piece – The prepared piece must be performance ready and agreed upon by the student and his/her teacher. Candidates should be studying music from Suzuki Book 3 (or the equivalent) in their private lessons.
  • Note Reading – Students should have at least an elementary knowledge of reading music notation for their instrument. This includes accurate half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note and dotted rhythms, and notation for notes on all four strings. A short portion of sight-reading will be provided by the conductor during the audition.

You can download the Audition Requirements for a full list of orchestra requirements or the String Sinfonia Audition Application for more detailed information.