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Strings Levels

2023 marks the fourteenth year of our WVYB STRINGS PROGRAM

The WVYB has three levels of Strings.  Musicians are placed in string levels based on musicianship and maturity. This is at the discretion of the strings director. We have done the numbers. The cost for your musicians to be part of the WVYB is between $4-$6 per rehearsal, depending on their level. 

Debut Strings: rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday mornings in the W.V. Community Arbutus Studio located on the main floor.

Debut Strings is a place where beginning string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) can be introduced to the joys of making music as a group. The ensemble best suits young players ages 5 and up who have taken a minimum of six months of lessons on their instrument. Debut Strings musicians will have the opportunity to perform publicly and will be encouraged to develop new skills and make new friends. The program fosters the values of cooperation, problem-solving, and musical excellence. 

Concert Strings: rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings

Suitable for musicians aged 9-13 (grades 4-8) who are enrolled in regular private lessons and have two or more years of experience on their instrument. The ability to read standard music notation at a basic level is required. This ensemble is focused on building ensemble skills and gives performances three to fives times a year.

Symphonic Strings: rehearse from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday mornings.

Suitable for musicians aged 13-21 (grades 8 and up) who are enrolled in regular private lessons and have three or more years of experience on their instrument. The ability to read complex music notation and an understanding of standard musical terminology is required. This is a performance-based ensemble and is focused on building repertoire toward the five to seven performances each year.

Which ensemble is for you?

The Strings Director will hear any new candidate in an informal audition and decide which ensemble is most appropriate for the individual. The age and grade levels listed are a guide and musicians' ability and maturity will be considered over their age or grade when considering placement.

For more information contact:

Nicholas Urquhart
Strings Conductor

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