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Upcoming Events

  • ChamberFest Cleveland V: Shakespeare

    June 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Lauren Eberwein, mezzo soprano
    Diana Cohen, violin
    Alexi Kenney, violin
    Yura Lee, violin
    Dimitri Murrath, viola
    Julie Albers, cello
    Nathan Farrington, bass
    Franklin Cohen, clarinet
    Benjamin Jaber, horn
    Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
    Alexander Cohen, percussion
    Sivan Magen, harp
    Roman Rabinovich, piano
  • Lunch and Listen Recitals

    July 5, 2016, 12:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Classical Revolution Cleveland
       Ariel Clayton Karas, violin (BM ’10, MM ’11)
       Andrea Belding, viola (MM ’07)
       Andris Koh, cello (BM ’11, MM ’13)
  • 12th Annual Roberto Occasion Foundation Jazz Concert

    July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Presented by KeyBank
    Latin Jazz & Classic Jazz + a Patriotic Touch to Celebrate Independence Week!

    Bobby Sanabria
    Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp Students and Faculty
    Plus special guests, the Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band
       from Washington, D.C.

Musicians flourish when they play together and gain from the experience of others. Participation in an ensemble not only strengthens the individual's playing ability, but students improve their performance level in their school music programs.

This orchestra, conducted by Brian Thornton, is open to young string players who seek a fun and educational ensemble experience.

Little or no ensemble experience is needed to participate in the Beginning Orchestra. Students in Beginning Orchestra develop skills such as counting independently, executing orchestral bowings, watching the conductor and blending with the other musicians in the group.

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

Beginning Orchestra Auditions

Auditions are required. Auditions for Beginning Orchestra will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. THERE WILL BE NO FALL AUDITIONS. Audition requirements are as follows:

  • Scales — Students must 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. Beginning Orchestra 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 Beginning Orchestra Audition Application for more detailed information.

Orchestra Schedules

You can download this year's orchestra calendars below:


Absence & Tardiness Policies

Students enrolled in Beginning Orchestra are expected to participate in their school music programs. The orchestra performs at the end of each semester with the Preparatory division orchestras.

Absence Policies >

Tardiness: Latecomers are a disruption to the rehearsal. If a student arrives to a rehearsal after it has begun, they will be tuned outside of the rehearsal area and seated in the back of the section for the duration of the rehearsal.

Excessive tardiness and/or absences may result in a permanent change of seating.