Civic Programs


The Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s first priority is the health and safety of all of our concert goers, musicians, and staff. Therefore, on the recommendation of Governor Whitmer’s emergency declaration, in consultation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and with the recommendation of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, we have decided to cancel our March 17th Civic String Ensembles Concert at the City Opera House.


Program Director, Lynne Tobin

Guest Director Winter 2020, Ellen Boyer

Winter 2020: Tuesdays, January 14 – March 17


5:45 – 6:45pm
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.


7.00 – 8.30pm
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.

Auditions for all ensembles

There are no auditions for the winter sessions. We ask interested individuals to contact the TSO Office at 231-947-7120 or 

Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays, at Central United Methodist Church (222 Cass Street, Traverse City). Prelude rehearses from 5:45 – 6:45pm and Sinfonia from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Please arrive early to unpack and warm up, etc. Any 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.

Sinfonia and Prelude will present a combined concert at the end of the semester at the City Opera House in Traverse City. All concerts are free and open to the public with a light reception to follow.

Winter 2020 Performance – CANCELED

7:00pm | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Please fill out the registration form and e-mail or print and mail to 300 E. Front Street, Ste. 230, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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.

Tuition for the Winter 2020 semester is due by Tuesday, February 4, unless other arrangements have been made. Tuition may be paid via check (made payable to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra), cash, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). Payments may be submitted online, turned in with a registration form at rehearsal, or sent via mail to the Symphony Office. Credit card payments can also be taken over the phone at (231) 947-7120.

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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 e-mail or print and mail to 300 E. Front Street, Ste. 230, Traverse City, MI 49684.


Coached by Steven K. Leonard

There will be no Winter 2020 session.

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.

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