Orchestra and Strings

Nearly 25 percent of Canterbury students play violin, viola or cello for the Middle and High School orchestras. Students also have the opportunity to perform in small ensembles and to compete at ISSMA.

The strings and orchestra program is under the direction of Colleen Tan.

Every student is introduced to strings (violin, viola and cello) in the third grade. The class meets once a week to concentrate on stringed instruments and once a week for general music. In fourth grade, students have a choice between continuing with the strings class or taking applied music.

Students may continue to study strings through Middle School, becoming members of the fifth-grade strings ensemble and then in grades 6-8 becoming part of the Middle School Orchestra. The Middle School Chamber Orchestra is a performance based group that meets before school for students interested in developing their skills further.

In High School students become members of the Chamber Orchestra (an elective course). This performance-based ensemble focuses on stringed instruments, but also includes woodwinds and other instruments. Students take part in the Fall and Spring Concerts, participate in ISSMA and other performances in the community throughout the year.
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