String Ensemble | Webster University

String Ensemble


String Ensemble Student

This beginning-level ensemble for strings emphasizes reading skills. Members must have a thorough and accurate knowledge of first position, a familiarity with letter names of notes, and skill in reading half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes.  Members must show good left and right hand playing positions and play in tune.  Seating is on a rotating basis.  

2018-2019 Personnel Chart


Instruments:  Violin, Viola, Cello
Ages:  7 and up (average age range is 7-10 years)
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, August 17, 2018
Auditions:  Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018  1-6pm


Scales for Violin:  Major Scales: G,D,F; Melodic minor scales: a,d
Scales for Viola and Cello:  Major Scales: D,G,B flat; Melodic minor scales: d,g
Play all scales, without music, 1 octave, 2 eighth notes per bow, metronome marking 60=a quarter note

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability.  The solo does not need to be played from memory.  If memorized, bring the solo music into the audition.

The following list indicates the median playing level generally reached by students in String Ensemble.  There are other appropriate solo works not listed in this guide.

  • Violin:  Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 2-4; other collections include Essential Elements or Solos for Young Violinists
  • Viola:  Suzuki Viola School Volumes 1-2; other collections include Solos for Young Violists or Essential Elements
  • Cello:  Suzuki Cello School Volume 2; other collections include Solos for Young Cellists or Essential Elements.

Excerpts assigned by the conductor (available online Monday, August 27 after 3pm.  Link will be emailed to all applicants).  DO NOT MEMORIZE excerpts.  Excerpts must be played from the music during the audition.

Sight-reading in rhythms of half, quarter, and eighth notes may be requested at the audition.

Fees:  $411 for the two-semester program

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

Weekly Rehearsals:  Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. beginning September 26, 2018
at the CMS Center, 535 Garden Avenue

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 19, 2019  9-10am
Saturday, May 4, 2019  9-10am

2018-19 Concerts
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2pm
Sunday, May 4, 2019 at 2pm

At the Community Music School Center, 
535 Garden Ave., 
Webster Groves, MO 63119

FREE and open to the public 

Joanne Keefe, conductor

M.M. Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado-Boulder; B.M. Violin Performance (cum laude), Lawrence University Conservatory; long-term Suzuki teacher training with William Starr; former faculty and String Coordinator at Lawrence Academy of Music (WI); former elementary strings specialist at Ladue and Webster Groves School Districts; frequent clinician at workshops and institutes; member, Suzuki Association of the Americas.


Resources for Prospective Students:

Resources for Current Students:

2018-2019 Personnel Chart
2018-2019 SE/SO Handbook
2018-2019 SE Contract of Participation
2018-2019 SE Schedule