Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm
Christie-Jo Adams, conductor
Instructional Specialist for Fine Arts, Richmond Public Schools
String Sinfonietta is the entry-level string ensemble of the youth orchestra program. Unlike the other ensembles in the YOP, there is no audition requirement for Sinfonietta. In this ensemble, students learn the basics of playing in an orchestra. They learn about their section within the orchestra, and their role within the section. Students learn to watch and follow a conductor, and how to listen to other sections in the orchestra. Above all, the young musicians in String Sinfonietta learn the joy of making music with others.
NO formal Audition required, however successful students will have mastery over the following requirements.
All Strings: G, D, & C major, 2 octaves preferred (Bass=1 octave)
All Strings: First position notes on all 4 strings
Violins: some basic 3rd position on the E string
Cellos: some basic 2½ and 3rd position on the A string
Basses: some basic 2½ and 3rd position on the G string (high C/D area)
Eighth, quarter, half & whole notes, dotted rhythms
Time signatures: 4/4 & 3/4 time
All strings must be able to play 2-note slurs