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Extracurriculars » Orchestra, Band, Choir

Orchestra, Band, Choir

Beginner Strings Orchestra:  Open to students in grades 2-5. Students must have completed 4-6 lessons and exhibit skills, comprehension, and maturity expected for an ensemble experience. The ensemble meets 2x/week before school. Beginner String Orchestra students learn the fundamentals of participating in a string orchestra and prepare music for two concerts during the school year. Students are expected to practice between rehearsals to prepare their string "team" for the performance. Cost for this ensemble experience is $200/semester. Please contact Mrs. Erika Hammerschmidt with questions: ehammerschmidt@stccs.com.
 
Advanced Strings Orchestra:  Open to students who have completed at least two full years of lessons and a previous ensemble experience. Full ensemble meets 2x/week (once before school and once on Mondays, 1:00-1:50 pm. Advanced Strings students continue to learn rehearsal etiquette as well as prepare a more demanding set of string orchestra literature for performances. Students perform two concerts during the school year. Students are expected to practice between rehearsals to prepare their string "team" for the performance. Cost for this ensemble experience is $200/semester. Please contact Mrs. Erika Hammerschmidt with questions: ehammerschmidt@stccs.com.
 
Individual lessons are required to participate in either Orchestra ensemble. External lessons are fine, but if an instructor is needed, Mrs. Hammerschmidt offers 10 lessons/semester at a cost of $150/semester.  Please contact Mrs. Erika Hammerschmidt with questions: ehammerschmidt@stccs.com.
 
Chamber Ensemble:  Audition-based ensemble, offered at no additional cost and open to advanced musicians participating in our advanced orchestra or concert band program. Students are required to have 2 years experience playing their instrument within their Band/Orchestra Rehearsals. First Semester Auditions for Chamber Ensemble will take place  within the first two weeks of school. Please contact Mrs. Erika Hammerschmidt with questions: ehammerschmidt@stccs.com. Once First Semester membership is determined, Chamber Ensemble rehearsals will be scheduled before school.
 
Concert Band:  Open to students in grades 4-8. Hill-Murray School provides instruction at SCCS during the school day on Thursdays. Students rehearse in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Ensembles, and also receive small group lessons during the school day. The instructor will work with your child’s classroom teacher to avoid missing core classes. Cost is $287.50/semester (reduced rates available for multiple children). Registration is done through this link provided by Hill-Murray, and Second Semester payments are made automatically using the TADS system. 
Questions? Contact Zach Miller, Hill-Murray Band Instructor, zmiller@hill-murray.org
 
Choir:  St. Michael’s Parish offers choir opportunity for children. Students have rehearsals on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm and once a month the children will sing a Sunday mass at the Church of St. Michael or the Church of St. Mary with 1-2 special masses hosted outside of the parish. Auditions are not necessary, but commitment to attendance is. Visit the parishes’ websites for more information and registration forms. To inquire about membership, please contact Director, Anna Wahl, gracey822@aol.com