Civic Programs

TSO Civic String Ensembles

Program Director, Lynne Tobin

2020-2021 Virtual Edition: Alone/Together!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has encouraged us to think outside the box for the 2020-21 season of TSO Civic. We are going online for a new musical experience!

In groups of up to 10 musicians coached by TSO Cellist Lynne Tobin and TSO Associate Concertmaster Steven Leonard, Prelude and Sinfonia musicians will virtually explore chamber music and use current technology to create a project-based performance. As we emphasize listening skills, our goals will be to play individual parts at a steady, specific tempo; learn the history of the work and study comparative performances. Musicians will be grouped with others of similar ability.
*This is on online course only and does not meet in person. It will be necessary to have both a smart phone and a tablet/computer to participate in the recording portion of the session.*


September 22 – November 10, 2020.
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm

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.


September 22 – November 10, 2020.
Tuesdays, 7.15 – 8.15pm

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.

Tuition $125 per semester
Tuition fees are due at the beginning of the semester, and cover part of the costs of facility rental, purchasing music, professional coaching and other Civic-related costs. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to students who apply and demonstrate a financial need to assist with tuition for these ensembles. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form and submit it via e-mail.

Registration deadline for Fall 2020 Session: September 15. Registration is available online or by calling the Symphony office at 231.947.7120.

Chamber Music Program

Coached by Steven K. Leonard

There will be no additional Fall 2020 session.

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

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