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String Ensemble 

The Prelude Academy String Ensemble is an opportunity for the string students of Prelude Academy to study and perform orchestral music in a group setting. Students will develop skills in orchestra etiquette, technique, performance, and audition preparation. 


  • Students must be between the ages of 8-18 

  • Students must be current students of Prelude Academy of the Arts and referred by an instructor 

  • Students must prepare and perform an audition (details below)

  • Students must attend a scheduled audition and weekly rehearsals 


String ensemble tuition is an additional $20 added to the students’ monthly lesson tuition. This additional fee will not be charged until the first week of September and will only be charged through the month of December. Limited scholarships are available for students who qualify. 


Rehearsals will take place Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm at Prelude Academy of the Arts for approximately 50 minutes. Auditions will take place on September 12th. Rehearsals begin September 19th and continue weekly through December 5th. We will not have rehearsal on October 31st or November 21st. 


The string ensemble will perform for the Prelude Academy Fall Recital (date/time TBD). The ensemble will also have the opportunity to perform for the Downtown Christmas Stroll and/or Church Street Christmas. 


Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 12th; students will sign up for a ten minute time slot between 6:00-7:30pm. The audition time sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby. Auditions will include: 


  1. Scales: 2 octave scales in G major and A major, 1 octave scale in D major

  2. Excerpt: Play the excerpt attached below for your instrument. Students auditioning for 1st Violin must prepare BOTH violin excerpts, students auditioning for 2nd Violin only need to prepare excerpt #2.

  3. Sight-Reading: Students will be asked to sight read a short piece of music during the audition


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