Civic Programs

CIVIC SINFONIA STRINGS
Directed by Lynne Tobin

Sinfonia is an advanced string orchestra open to instrumentalists of violin, viola, cello and bass, members must possess solid technical and music reading skills. Typical members will have studied a minimum of three years, have a private instructor and participate in performances at school, church or other community ensembles. The semester ends with a free concert open to the public. See below for audition information.

Sinfonia rehearses Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church (222 Cass Street, Traverse City). The first rehearsal for the Fall 2017 term will be Tuesday, September 19.

Fall 2017 Performance:

Tuesday, November 28 | 7 PM
First Congregational Church
6105 Center Road, Traverse City
FREE admission

Winter 2018 Performance:

Tuesday, March 20 | 7 PM
City Opera House
106 E. Front Street, Traverse City
FREE admission


CIVIC PRELUDE STRINGS
Directed by Lynne Tobin

Prelude Strings members should have at least one year of instruction and have been introduced to note-reading prior to joining. This ensemble may also be a great entry point for adult beginners or those who have been away from their instruments for a number of years. See below for audition information.

Prelude rehearses Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 pm at Central United Methodist Church (222 Cass Street, Traverse City). The first rehearsal for the Fall 2017 term will be Tuesday, September 19.

Fall 2017 Performance:

Tuesday, November 28 | 7 PM
First Congregational Church
6105 Center Road, Traverse City
FREE admission

Winter 2018 Performance:

Tuesday, March 20 | 7 PM
City Opera House
106 E. Front Street, Traverse City
FREE admission


CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM
Coached by Steven K. Leonard

The Chamber Music Program is open to all Prelude and Sinfonia members as well as other interested amateur string musicians. Each musician will rehearse and be coached by TSO Associate Concertmaster Steven K. Leonard in a small group before or after the regular Civic rehearsal. The semester will finish with an informal chamber music concert.

Fall 2017 Performance:

Tuesday, November 30 | 6:30 PM
Location TBD
FREE admission

Winter 2018 Performance:

Tuesday, March 22 | 6:30 PM
Location TBD
FREE admission


Thank you to our Education Programs sponsor Hightower Anderson Wealth Management.

Civic programs made possible in part by grants from the Oleson Foundation and the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation.


Civic Prelude and Sinfonia Ensemble Audition Information

Fall 2017 Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 12, 4-7 pm at Central United Methodist Church. Please call the Symphony office at 231-947-7120 or e-mail for more information, or to schedule an audition. Please prepare a scale and solo that demonstrates your highest level of playing.

Returning members do not need to audition unless interested in moving from Prelude Strings to Sinfonia Strings, second violin to first violins within the same section, or auditioning for a principal section chair.


Registration, Tuition and Scholarships

  • Civic Sinfonia Strings and Civic Prelude Strings tuition: $125/semester or $250/year
  • Chamber music program tuition: $50/semester

Tuition fees cover part of the costs of facility rental, purchasing music, professional coaching and other Civic-related costs. Tuition is due by Wednesday, October 4, 2017 unless other arrangements have been made. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to students who apply and demonstrate a financial need to assist with tuition for Prelude and Sinfonia Strings.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form and e-mail or print and mail to 300 E. Front Street, Ste. 230, Traverse City, MI 49684.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 semester is Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Tuition may be paid by mailing a check made payable to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, in cash, or by phone with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) by calling (231) 947-7120.

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