Civic Programs

Civic String Ensembles and Online Music Courses, 2021-2022

Prelude Chamber Music:

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Sinfonia Chamber Music:

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TSO Civic String Ensembles

Directed  by Lynne Tobin

The TSO Civic String Ensemble Program provides the opportunity for community string instrumentalists to play in a non-professional orchestra with musicians of all ages.

Civic String Ensembles take place on Tuesdays at Central United Methodist Church. $150 per semester. 


September 21 – November 30, 2021
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Sinfonia is an advanced string orchestra for players of violin, viola, cello and bass.Members must possess solid technical and music-reading skills. Typical members will have studied a minimum of 3 years, have a private instructor and play in school, church or other community ensembles. 


September 21 – November 30, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm

Prelude is an early orchestra experience for players of all ages. 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. 

Audition Information

Auditions for Sinfonia and Prelude Strings will be held Tuesday, September 14, 3:30-7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Contact the Symphony office to schedule an audition by phone, (231) 947-7120, or email Please prepare a scale and solo that demonstrates your highest level of playing. Returning members do not need to audition unless you would like to move to a different ensemble or if you would like a leadership position.

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Chamber Music Program

Coached by Steven K. Leonard

This program is for individuals who would like to play in a small ensemble, working on chamber music performing techniques and repertoire. Rehearsals focus on the concept of playing together in a different texture and sound, with one or two players on a part depending on the ensemble: duos, trios, quartets and larger groups. Sinfonia Chamber Music rehearses from 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm.  Prelude Chamber Music rehearses from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm. The fall Chamber Music Concert will be held on Thursday December 2.

Chamber Music takes place on Tuesdays at Central United Methodist Church. $75/per semester.

Prelude Chamber Music:

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Sinfonia Chamber Music:

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TSO Beginning Music Theory

Instructor, Dr. Angela Lickiss Aleo 

This 8-week session will cover the basics of Music Theory that are necessary to the development of a well-rounded music education. Topics covered include Musical Notation, Note and Rest Values, Rhythm and Counting, Key Signatures and Scales. No previous music theory experience required.

FALL 2021

September 23  – November 10, 2021
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00pm

This is a virtual class held via Zoom, $150.

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TSO Music History Overview, 800-1825

Instructor, Lynne Tobin

Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque/Classical Periods

This 8-week session will explore four Eras of Music History, including what was happening in Western Civilization and how music was a reflection of those times.

Download a PDF of the Course Outline here.

FALL 2021

September 22 – November 10, 2021
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00pm

This is a virtual class held via Zoom, $150.

This is a repeat of the course offered Winter 2021.

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TSO The Genius of Handel’s Messiah

Instructor, Lynne Tobin

This 2-week mini session will explore the history of Handel’s best-known work and the techniques he used to create this beloved masterpiece. 

    FALL 2021

    November 8 and 15, 2021

    Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm

    This is a virtual class held via Zoom, $30.

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Education programs made possible in part by grants from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, the Biederman Family Foundation, the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support from patrons like you!

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