String Ensembles/Group Class

The Frederick String Initiative is an inclusive, grassroots and community based program.   Historically, all successful string programs have two major components; private lessons and an ensemble/group class. This format had its seed in the European tradition and became a component of the Suzuki and the El Sistema movements.  Students learn a lot from each other.  At FSI there are two group classes - one for Elementary School students and one for Middle and High School students.  Sometimes the classes overlap and all of the students perform together.  In this way the older students  serve as role models. In addition to their ensemble pieces, students can perform solo pieces and benefit from an informal master class.
Vital to the success of the class is a close and logical connection to the private lessons.  Students master their pieces in their private lessons first and then rehearse together once a month.  Technique learned for solo pieces is also applied to the ensembles.    When they rehearse with their friends,  a collective understanding of form and movement begins to develop.   This is where a fun, spontaneous experience begins.  In addition to traditional pieces, students exploring a variety of music including rounds, waltzes, and popular tunes.   The ensembles perform throughout the year in the Frederick community.   

Cost  $60 - Due by Sept 5, 2017  (Ensemble fees are not included in the private lesson tuition)      
Violin/Viola Fall 2017  Rehearsal Schedule
(These dates are also on the solo calendar)

-Rehearsals are mandatory for those participating in Ensemble-

Saturday October 21              2:00 - 4:30 at All Saints Church

Saturday November 11          2:00 - 4:30 at All Saints  Church

Saturday December 16           2:00 - 4:30 at All Saints  Church

Saturday January 13, 2018      2:00 - 4:30 at All Saints  Church



Ensemble Performances

- Sunday January 21, 2018   (2:30 rehearsal)  3:00pm  This is part of the scheduled solo recital.


All Performances are Free to the public.  Events are wheelchair accessible.