The two-week junior orchestra program for string players in grades 3-6 is an opportunity for students to develop both as individual musicians and as ensemble players. The Junior String Ensemble and Junior String Orchestra provide appropriate instruction for young string players of all abilities.
With a curriculum geared for success, positive experiences are provided in which participants at all skill levels gain a sense of accomplishment. All ensembles perform one concert in each two-week session. Basic ensemble skills coupled with string pedagogy are stressed in rehearsals and sectionals. Students in the junior program have the option of taking non-music elective classes to explore other interests and art forms. Students participate in the following:
Two-hour rehearsals start with an organized warm-up.
Sectionals with faculty and staff are taught on a schedule that rotates daily.
String workshop devotes time to specific topics such as sight-reading, rhythmic reading, bowing techniques and improvisation.
Advanced string players are encouraged to audition for the advanced string program.
Two additional electives (see elective options)
Private lessons are not offered to students who are attending only one session. Private lessons are available for students attending at least four weeks (for an additional fee).
Music reading ability is necessary for participation in the program.
How to Apply
An audition is not required. Students can apply online. This program enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so early application is advised.
Interlochen offers an honors recital competition for the Junior division. Winners will perform in a special honors recital at the end of each two-week session. An audition is required, and is due by May 10, 2013. Honors recital competition details >>