Civic Programs

Cello Club!

Calling all high school and adult cellists! The Traverse Symphony Civic Program is offering a 4-week Sinfonia Cello Club in May on Wednesday evenings, 7-8 pm at the Central High School orchestra room. This is a unique opportunity to play cello ensemble repertoire in an all-cello orchestra with mellow cello fellows from your community. Participants should possess solid technical and music-reading skills and have studied a minimum of 3+ years. Lynne Tobin, Director

May 3, 10, 17, and 24, Central High School. Final date is a free recital at Kirkbride Hall, May 24 at 7:30.

$60 tuition. Registration is now closed.

Email with any questions


Cello Club Recital: free concert at Kirkbride Hall, May 24 at 7:30.

TSO Civic String Orchestras

Directed by Lynne Tobin

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

Civic String Orchestra rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at Central United Methodist Church. $150 per semester. The concert will be at First Congregational Church. 

Sinfonia String Orchestra – Fall 2023 TBA

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.

Prelude String Orchestra – Fall 2023 TBA

Prelude is an early string 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

If you are new to the Civic String Orchestras please contact Angela Lickiss Aleo, at to arrange an audition. Returning members do not need to audition.

Fall 2023 Registration TBA

Chamber Music Program

Directed by Gary Gatzke, Jr.

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. 

Chamber Music takes place on Tuesdays at Central United Methodist Church. $75/per semester. Fall 2023 info TBA

The Concert will take place at First Congregational Church  

Prelude Chamber Music: Fall 2023 Registration TBA

Sinfonia Chamber Music: Fall 2023 Registration TBA

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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