Path To Excellence
The Training Orchestra
After auditioning, students are introduced to the Training Orchestra, which consists of two violin sections, a viola and a cello section. Students are expected to incorporate Canzonetta pieces into their lessons with their private teacher and come to practice prepared to work on the piece with the group under the direction of Mr. Kagan. Both violin sections are led by Mrs. Schramm and conductor’s assistants, playing along with the section, and violinist Mr. Kagan, who may play along with the other violin section in addition to conducting. In the Training Orchestra, the students discover what it means to play with three other sections of young musicians.
To keep the program interesting and challenging, we work very quickly, giving concerts every 6 to 8 weeks. In some of the concerts, students may perform in trios. Opportunities may develop for students to work in small chamber groups (trios) and are coached by Maestro Kagan. The Training Orchestra prepares the student for a real string orchestra setting.
The Concert Orchestra
The Concert Orchestra, consists of first and second violins, viola, cello and bass components. Students not only continue to advance in the study of their instruments, but also learn to follow the conductor and respond to what he asks of them musically. Throughout, students experience a unique atmosphere of togetherness and bonding among ensemble members enhanced through understanding their constantly fluctuating roles in the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structure of the music. Students play the music of the Baroque and classical periods.
At times, members of the orchestra may participate in small chamber groups — trios and quartets — which also perform in concert. Students work on Canzonetta pieces in lessons with their private teacher and come to practice prepared to work on the piece with the group under the direction of Mr. Kagan.
For advanced students we offer a special chamber music program (quartets, trios, and duets). Most groups will need approximately five rehearsals and will perform at Canzonetta concerts. Music will be distributed before the first meeting. Students will need to know their chamber parts by the first rehearsal. Rehearsals are by arrangement with Mr. Kagan. Tuition is independent of registration fee.