Orchestra and Strings

Harmony, rhythm, texture and form aren't simply integral parts of orchestral literacy; they're also the foundation of the universal human experience.

Through our Orchestra and Strings program, students discover musical forms and composers of the past and present, and they learn to create harmony and rhythm within themselves and among their classmates. Nearly 25 percent of Canterbury Middle and High School students play violin, viola or cello for our orchestras, and they have many opportunities to perform in small ensembles and compete at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition.


Every Grade 3 student is introduced to the violin, viola and cello. The class meets twice per week: once to concentrate on stringed instruments and once to explore general music. In Grade 4, students have a choice between continuing with the strings class and performing in the Lower School Musical, or taking applied music.


Students may continue to study strings through Middle School. Students who studied strings in Lower School or through private instruction may become members of the Grade 5 Strings Ensemble, then members of the Grades 6 – 8 Middle School Orchestra.

Students who wish to spend more time pursuing their music may audition for the Chamber Orchestra, an extracurricular performance-based ensemble that meets before school.


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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