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Spring Concert 2019

On Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019, we had the privilege of holding our first Spring Concert at our very own home at the Evergreen Campus. The auditorium was filled with 800 chairs, and there was room for the whole community! We gave thanks to the Lord for goodness, and we sang praises to His name.

Instrumental Music Program

Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150: 3-6)
 

All students at Rockbridge Academy in grades K-6 study music as part of the established curriculum.  This study comprises music history and theory, as well as singing and reading music. In addition, the following instrumental opportunities are available.

Suzuki Strings

The Suzuki Strings Program is for students in grades K-5.

This program offers instruction in violin and cello for beginning players.  The program is designed to introduce young students to the art of string playing, and no previous experience is necessary. Active parental participation and involvement is strongly encouraged. Our instructors are Suzuki trained and certified.

Suzuki VIOLIN classes will meet twice a week for 30 minutes after school. Classes may be scheduled at 3:00, 3:30 or 4:00 PM.
Suzuki CELLO classes will meet twice a week for 30 minutes after school. Classes may be scheduled at 3:00 or 3:30 PM.

All Suzuki strings classes meet at the Evergreen Campus as part of the Rockbridge Extended Day Program.

There is a $330 participation fee.

REGISTER for SUZUKI STRINGS!

Scots Orchestra

The Scots Orchestra (Scots) is open to string players in 4th-6th grades (or younger by audition) who play their instrument at a minimum level of Perpetual Motion in Suzuki Book 1 or comparable.

The Scots is designed to introduce young students to orchestral playing and, through appropriate repertoire, to prepare them for participation in the more advanced Rockbridge Academy Orchestra and ultimately the Rockbridge Camerata. During the winter term, students are placed in small chamber music groups to experience music in a more intimate setting.

The Scots is focused on ensemble playing and preparation for performances and is not a substitute for individual instruction. Participation and placement in the Scots Orchestra is by audition with Mrs. Cripe.

The Scots Orchestra meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:20-8:10 AM at the Evergreen Campus.

There is a $330 participation fee. Concert attire is required for this elective.

Audition information for Scots Orchestra

 

REGISTER for SCOTS ORCHESTRA

Rockbridge Academy Orchestra

The Rockbridge Academy Orchestra (RAO) is open to all string players in 7th-12th grades who play at a minimum level of Suzuki Book 2 or comparable. The students are divided into two separate groups for rehearsals:

  • RAO intermediate players will rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:20 AM at the Baldwin campus and will learn level-appropriate repertoire. Placement is by audition with Mrs. Cripe.
  • Advanced players will rehearse Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15-8:20 AM at the Baldwin campus. This premier group, the CAMERATA, is designed for students who play at a minimum level of Suzuki Book 4 or comparable. In addition to learning all the RAO repertoire, they will also perform highly advanced concert repertoire. Placement in the Camerata is by audition with Mrs. Cripe.

The Rockbridge Academy Orchestra is focused on ensemble playing and preparation for performances and is not a substitute for individual instruction. Both groups meet at the Baldwin campus. During the winter term, students are placed in small chamber groups to experience music in a more intimate setting.

There is a $330 participation fee. Concert attire is required for this elective.

Audition information for Rockbridge Academy Orchestra

Audition information for Camerata

 

REGISTER for RAO!

Chamber Music

During the months of January, February, and early March, all students from both orchestras are organized into chamber music groups. These ensembles meet individually during the established rehearsal time periods and prepare two or three selections each. Each chamber music group receives coaching from the orchestra directors. Students perform these selections at the Chamber Music Concert in early March and have the option of taking their chamber group to the Anne Arundel County Solo and Ensemble Festival for adjudication and qualification for the State festival.

For further information or to audition for one of our orchestras, please contact Irma Cripe, the  instrumental program director, at icripe@rockbridge.org.

 

For more information or to audition for one of our orchestras, please contact the instrumental program director, Irma Cripe, at icripe@rockbridge.org.