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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 and CELLO classes will meet twice a week for 30 minutes after school.

All Suzuki strings classes meet at the Evergreen Campus as part of the Rockbridge Extended Day Program.  
There is a $330 participation fee.

 

Click here to REGISTER for the SUZUKI STRINGS

SCOTS ORCHESTRA

The SCOTS Orchestra is a beginning string orchestra for students 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 Evergreen Orchestra and, ultimately, the Rockbridge Camerata.  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 at the beginning of the year.

Students must first register in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestras (RAO) class in order to receive an audition time.

The Scots Orchestra meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:10 AM at the Evergreen Campus.  
There is a $330 participation fee. 
Concert attire is required for this elective.

SCOTS Orchestra audition information and requirements

 

Click here to REGISTER for any of the ROCKBRIDGE ACADEMY ORCHESTRAS

EVERGREEN ORCHESTRA

The EVERGREEN Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble for string players.  The group will prepare appropriate repertoire and develop collaborative playing skills and musicianship.  The Evergreen is focused on ensemble playing and preparation for performances and is not a substitute for individual instruction.  Participation and placement in the Evergreen Orchestra is by audition with Mrs. Cripe and the string faculty at the beginning of the year.

Students must first register in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestras (RAO) class in order to receive an audition time.

The Evergreen Orchestra meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:10 AM.
There is a $330 participation fee.
Concert attire is required for this elective.

EVERGREEN Orchestra audition information and requirements

 

Click here to REGISTER for any of the ROCKBRIDGE ACADEMY ORCHESTRAS

ROCKBRIDGE CAMERATA

The CAMERATA is the premier chamber orchestra at Rockbridge Academy and is designed for advanced string students.   This ensemble performs challenging concert repertoire, and is frequently featured at special school events throughout the year.  The Camerata is focused on ensemble playing and preparation for performances, and is not a substitute for individual instruction.  Participation and placement in the Camerata is by audition with Mrs. Cripe and the string faculty at the beginning of the year.

Students must first register in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestras (RAO) class in order to receive an audition time.

The Camarata meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15-8:10 AM.
There is a $330 participation fee.
Concert attire is required for this elective.

CAMERATA audition information and requirements

 

Click here to REGISTER for any of the ROCKBRIDGE ACADEMY ORCHESTRAS

Chamber Music

During the months of January, February, and early March, selected students from the EVERGREEN and CAMERATA orchestras are organized into chamber music groups. These ensembles meet individually during the established rehearsal time periods.  Each 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 more information or to audition for one of our orchestras, please contact the instrumental program director, Irma Cripe, at icripe@rockbridge.org.