Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music Program Informational Meetings

All parents and students who are interested in participating in one of our Instrumental Music Programs should attend the appropriate initial informational meeting.  Students who are new to this program, should contact Mrs. Irma Cripe at first.

  • Suzuki Strings Informational Meeting - Friday, September 15 at 3:15 PM at the K-3 Campus.
  • Wind Ensemble Informational Meeting - Monday, September 18 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)
  • Scots Orchestra Informational Meeting - Tuesday, September 19 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)
  • Rockbridge Academy Orchestra Informational Meeting - Wednesday, September 20 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)

About Our Program

The Rockbridge Academy Instrumental Music Program is open to students in grades one through twelve. The program is directed by Irma Cripe, a professional cellist, experienced music educator and SAA certified Suzuki Instructor.

The Instrumental Music Program began in 2006 with the fledgling Rockbridge Academy Orchestra comprised of students already experienced in their instruments. In 2007 Suzuki Strings group lessons were introduced for beginning violins and cellos. Summer Music Camps were added in 2008 to help string students keep sharp during the summer months. In 2009 the program expanded again with the addition of the Scots Orchestra, a string orchestra for early to intermediate string players, as well as Strings Summer Serenade, a summer camp program for all string musicians.

During the 2013-2014 school year introductory programs were added for trumpet and flute for students in grades four through eight. In 2014-2015 Rockbridge Academy added a Wind Ensemble that provides an appropriate place for early to intermediate wind players (both brass and woodwinds) to experience playing in a group setting. The Wind Ensemble will prepare wind players for participation in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestra.

Registration Information

For questions about any of our instrumental programs please contact Mrs. Irma Cripe, Program Director, at and she will direct you to the appropriate teacher. Students who are new to the Orchestras should contact Mrs.Cripe regarding auditions before enrolling.

Students are required to provide their own instruments and students in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestra, the Scots Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble are strongly encouraged to continue with private lessons as the emphasis in these programs is on group performance more than on individual technique or player development.

Instrumental Music Program fees are non-refundable. A schedule of fees for the current year may be found HERE.

Instrumental Music Options

For more information on each program please click on the links below

Rockbridge Academy Orchestra (Grades 9-12)

Scots Orchestra (Grades 4-8)

Wind Ensemble (Grades 4-12)

Woodwind and Brass Group Lessons(Grades 4-12)

Suzuki Strings Group Lessons - Violin and Cello (Grades 1-3)

Students who are new to the program should contact Mrs. Cripe ( before the initial informatoinal meeting.

A schedule of fees for the current year may be found HERE.

Instrumental music program calendars are also available!