String Orchestra | Webster University

String Orchestra


String Orchestra Student

This intermediate-level string ensemble emphasizes music reading skills, ensemble playing, and the experience of playing repertoire more advanced than String Ensemble.  For first violin placement, members must be regularly able to play in third position with occasional sections of music in fourth or fifth position.  Second violin and viola parts may require occasional third position playing.  Cellists at the SO level should already play solo repertoire that requires shifting.  More advanced bowing techniques will include off the string playing and the ability to play comfortably at the frog of the bow.  Seating may rotate during the  year at the conductor's discretion. The String Orchestra is a strong preparation for the Young People's Orchestras.  

Online Application for Audition


Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Ages: Ages 9 and up (Average age range is 9-14 years)
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, August 16, 2019
Auditions: Saturday, September 14, 2019 and Sunday, September 15, 2019  1-6pm

Audition Requirements:

Scales for Violin:  Major Scales: C, G, D, A, F, B-flat; Melodic minor scales:  a, e, d, g
Scales for Viola/Cello/Bass:  Major Scales: C, G, F, D, B-flat; Melodic minor scales: d, g, a, e
Scales for Violin/Viola/Cello: Play all scales, without music, 2 octaves, 4 sixteenth notes per bow, metronome marking of 60=a quarter note.
Scales for Bass:  Play all scales, without music, 2 octaves, 2 eighth notes per bow, metronome marking of 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 Orchestra.  There are other appropriate works not listed in this guide.

    • Violin:Suzuki Violin School Volumes 4-6 
      Other collections include: Solos for Young Violinists, Vol. 2 or Solo Time for Strings
    • Viola:Suzuki Viola School Volume 3 
      Other collections include:  Solos for Young Violists, Vol. 2 or Solo Time for Strings
    • Cello:Suzuki Cello School Volumes 3-4 
      Other collections include:  Solos for Young Cellists, Vol. 2 or Essential Elements
    • Bass: Anderson Sonatina or Marcello Sonata in e minor, any movement

Excerpts assigned by the conductor (available online Monday, August 26 after 3pm).  DO NOT MEMORIZE excerpts.  Excerpts must be played from the music during the audition.  Link will e emailed to all applicants.

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

Fee:  $420 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 4:15-5:30pm beginning September 25, 2019
CMS Center, 535 Garden Ave.

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10:15-11:45am
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:15-11:45am

2019-20 Concerts
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2pm
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2pm


Mary Lou GotmanNancy Daby, conductor

M.M., Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.; A.S. String Instrument Technology, Indiana University; B.A., New York State University at Albany; former faculty member, Converse College Pre-college Division, Suzuki String Program — University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Cincinnati Public Schools; member, American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas.



Resources for Prospective Students:

Resources for Current Students

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