Our orchestras and ensembles provide talented young musicians with opportunities to expand and strengthen their musical skills and knowledge. The programs are designed to be supplemental to area school programs, and it is expected that all orchestra members play in their own school ensembles, where they exist. In addition, members are encouraged to participate in as many school musical activities as possible to increase their playing experience.

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Prelude Orchestra

Prelude Orchestra is designed for beginning string players. It is expected that they will have limited previous ensemble experience, including the following skills, posture and scales.

Skills: Students must be able to play and read notes in first position. Rhythmic skills must encompass note values for whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes. Students should have knowledge and understanding of accidentals.

Posture: Students must demonstrate a basic understanding of proper bow hold and instrument position.

Scales: Students are expected to perform the following scales with correct intonation and technique:

  • Violin 1 Octave C and D Major, 2 Octave G Major
  • Viola 1 Octave G Major, 2 Octave C and D Major
  • Cello 1 Octave G Major, 2 Octave C and D Major
  • Bass 1 Octave C, G, and D Major

Audition Excerpts: Students may download the Prelude Audition Excerpt (in PDF format):.


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Intermezzo Orchestra

Intermezzo Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra designed to expand and refine students’ knowledge of shifting, flat key signatures, and various types of meter. Students should have the following skills, scales, and study:

Skills: Students are expected to play with correct intonation in the following positions Violins and Violas first through third, Cellos and Basses first through fourth. Students should have exposure to 16th notes, compound meters (6/8), and flat key signatures.

Scales: Students are expected to perform the following scales with correct intonation and technique:

  • Violin 1 Octave F Major 2 Octave C, G, D and A Major
  • Viola 1 Octave A and F Major 2 Octave C, G and D Major
  • Cello 1 Octave A and F Major 2 Octave C, G, and D Major
  • Bass 1 Octave G, A, and F Major 2 Octave C and D Major

Study: Students are expected to be studying with a private teacher.

Audition Excerpts: Students may download the Intermezzo Audition Excerpt for Violin and Viola or the Intermezzo Audition Excerpt for Cello and Bass (in PDF format):


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Concertino Orchestra

Concertino Orchestra is an advanced orchestra designed for students with strong ensemble skills, promoting advanced techniques and leadership. Students should have the following skills, scales and study:

Skills: Students are expected to play with correct intonation in the following positions Violins and violas first through fifth, Cellos first through sixth with exposure to thumb position, Bass first through fifth with exposure to thumb position. Violas are encouraged to have exposure/knowledge of treble clef. Cello and Bass are encouraged to have exposure/knowledge of tenor clef. Students should have exposure to minor keys, syncopated rhythms and complex meter (5/8)

Scales: Students are expected to perform the following scales with correct intonation and technique:

  • Violin 1 Octave Eb and E Major 2 Octave C, D, F, Bb, Ab, 3 Octave G and A Major
  • Viola 1 Bb and Ab Major 2 Octave G, A, E, F and Eb Major 3 Octave C and D Major
  • Cello 1 Bb and Ab Major 2 Octave G, A, E, F and Eb Major 3 Octave C and D Major
  • Bass 1 Octave F, Bb, Eb, and Ab Major 2 Octave C, G, D, A, and E Major

Study: Students are expected to be studying with a private teacher.

Audition Excerpts: Students may download the Concertino Audition Excerpt for Violin and Viola or the Concertino Audition Excerpt for Cellor and Bass (in PDF format):


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Chamber Strings Collective

The Chamber Strings Collective provides unique and bold musical opportunities for advanced high school violinists, violists cellists and bassists. Students gain artistic independence and security by rehearsing and performing in small chamber groups. The groups are then combined to perform as a conductorless string orchestra. Every member must contribute actively as both leader and interpreter, while also being a team-playing learner.

The chamber groups are coached weekly by Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Community Arts School faculty members. The full string orchestra is guided by Julian Ross, BW violin professor and String Department Chair.

Chamber Strings Collective members learn together on a sophisticated creative level. Their technical ability and musical understanding grow while they gain skills essential in all walks of life, such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, independence, creativity and resilience.

CSC students are encouraged to analyze and solve their own problems. They develop the security to communicate opinions effectively while also taking the views of peers seriously. They probe deeply into works of art that have transcendent meaning, and value the opportunity to share their personal insights with their audiences. They learn to be focused and detailed in seeking precision, without losing a broader sense of purpose.

Audition requirements: On all instruments, consideration will be given to intonation, tone production and range of technical skills. CSC players are expected to play varied bow strokes and be comfortable in upper positions. Cellists should have experience playing in tenor clef, treble clef and thumb position.

To audition, students should prepare:

  • 3 Octave scales through four sharps and four flats,
  • A piece of music that demonstrates best technical and interpretive abilities
  • Sight reading

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