Incoming 6th Graders

picking an instrument in orchestra

We are so glad you have chosen to become a part of our Orchestra family.

Here are the next steps:

1. Plan to attend an instrument fitting drive on April 24th, May 5th, or May 12th. We have designated time slots from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. You will have a chance to meet with the Orchestra directors to see what instrument would work best for you. You can use the sign-up genius linked below to sign up for a time slot. The rental company Music and Arts will also be at these events to help with the rental process and purchase of supplies. Be sure to have both parent/guardian and student present for the instrument fittings.

2. Complete the Instrument selection form linked below. This form is available in both English and Spanish and will give the Orchestra directors some information to help prepare for the upcoming school year.

Instrument Selection Form

Information about the Instruments in Orchestra:

In the Orchestra, there are 4 different instruments:

  1. Violin - The smallest, but highest sounding instrument in the string family. The Violin typically gets the melody (the part that everyone recognizes). 
  2. Viola - Slightly bigger than the Violin, but able to create a more deep, rich sound. The Viola plays a supporting role within the Orchestra. Violas are unique because they are the only instrument that plays in their own clef!
  3. Cello - The Cello is one of the two lower string instruments in the string family. The Cello is one of the few instruments that is always played sitting down and is able to achieve lower sounds.
  4. Bass - The Bass is the foundation of the Orchestra, who keep everyone together. Without the Bass, the Orchestra would not exist. 

Supplies Needed:

All Students

  1. Orchestra Expressions Book 1 (be sure to get the book for your instrument)
  2. Rosin (Violin/Viola - Sherman's Light, Cello - Sherman's Dark, Bass - Kolstein)
  3. Microfiber Cloth

Violin/Viola - Shoulder Rest (Kun brand or Everest recommended and preferred)
Cello/Bass - Slip Stop or Xeros Endpin Anchor