CIVIC STRING ENSEMBLES
Directed by Lynne Tobin
Fall 2019: Tuesdays, September 17 – December 3
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
Auditions for the Fall 2019 semester will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at Central United Methodist Church, from 3:30-7:00pm. Contact the Symphony office directly by e-mail or by phone at 231-947-7120 for more information or to sign up for an audition slot.
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.
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 each semester, at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City (6105 Center Road). All concerts are free and open to the public with a light reception to follow.
Fall 2019 Performance
7:00pm | Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Winter 2020 Performance
7:00pm | Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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 Fall 2019 semester is due by Tuesday, October 8, 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.
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.
CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM
Coached by Steven K. Leonard
Fall 2019: Tuesdays, September 17 – November 26; Thursday, December 5
There will be no Winter 2020 session.
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 at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City (6105 Center Road). The concert is free and open to the public, with a light reception to follow.
Fall 2019 Performance
6:30pm | Thursday, December 5, 2019
Tuition $50 per semester
Tuition fees are due at the beginning of the semester. There are no scholarships available for this program. You may submit a combined payment for Prelude or Sinfonia AND a chamber ensemble. If you would like to pay online, you may use the same submission form as above and just edit the amount to process – $50 for Chamber Ensemble only or $175 for combined Chamber Ensemble + Civic Ensemble.
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.