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. If you are looking to join in winter semester, please contact the Symphony office directly by e-mail or by phone at 231-947-7120. See below for audition and registration 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 2018 term will be Tuesday, September 18. Any changes to this schedule, including weather-related rehearsal cancellations, will be posted on this website. Please be advised of our Snow Day Cancellation Policy: if TCAPS schools are closed due to weather, Civic members will also be sent an email at mid-day notifying them of rehearsal status.

Fall 2018 Performance:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 7 PM
First Congregational Church
6105 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686

FREE admission!

Winter 2019 Performance:

March 2019 | 7 PM
City Opera House
106 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

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. If you are looking to join in winter semester, please contact the Symphony office directly by e-mail or by phone at 231-947-7120. See below for audition and registration 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 2018 term will be Tuesday, September 18. Any changes to the rehearsal schedule, including weather-related rehearsal cancellations, will be posted on this website. Please be advised of our Snow Day Cancellation Policy: if TCAPS schools are closed due to weather, Civic members will also be sent an email at mid-day notifying them of rehearsal status.

Fall 2018 Performance:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 7 PM
First Congregational Church
6105 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686

FREE admission!

Winter 2019 Performance:

March 2019 | 7 PM
City Opera House
106 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

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 finishes with an informal chamber music concert.

Fall 2018 Performance:

November 2018
Location TBD
FREE admission

Winter 2019 Performance:

March 2019
Location TBD
FREE admission



Education programs made possible in part by grants from the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Audition Information

Fall 2018 Auditions for both Prelude and Sinfonia Ensembles will be held from 4-7p on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 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. There will be no sight-reading.

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 & Scholarships

Registration

Registration forms are available here.

Tuition

  • Civic Sinfonia Strings and Civic Prelude Strings tuition: $125/semester
  • 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 for Fall 2018 semester is due by Wednesday, October 10, unless other arrangements have been made. Tuition may be paid by mailing a check made payable to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, in cash, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) on the registration form or by calling (231) 947-7120.

Scholarships

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.

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