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RCS Chamber Orchestra

The RCS Chamber Orchestra, the Conservatory School’s most advanced orchestra, focuses on key exploration amongst major and minor with focus of melodic and harmonic development, syncopation and complex rhythm conversation between sections and advancement of ensemble listening skills. 

Schedule:  26 weekly rehearsals, 2 dress rehearsals, 2 concerts per season
Instrumentation:  Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Requirements:   RCM Grades 6 and up, Suzuki Books 6 - 10

Students should have at least 2 year’s playing experience in an orchestra with one year minimum in the RCS Concert Orchestra or equivalent to be assessed by placement audition.*


RCS Concert Orchestra

The RCS Concert Orchestra focuses on four-part harmonies, rhythm conversation between sections and ensemble listening skills. Sight-reading is a primary focus with the goal of advancing stylistic repertoire exposure.

Schedule:  26 weekly rehearsals, 2 dress rehearsals, 2 concerts per season
Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Violincello and Double Bass
Requirements:  RCM Grades 3 - 5, Suzuki Books 3 - 5

Students should have at least 2 year’s playing experience in an orchestra with one year minimum in the RCS Preparatory Orchestra or equivalent to be assessed by placement audition*.


RCS Preparatory Orchestra

The RCS Preparatory Orchestra is the introductory orchestral ensemble, for children as young as age 6.  Classes incorporate note reading, sight-reading and rhythmic skills.

Schedule:  26 weekly rehearsals, 2 dress rehearsals, 2 concerts per season
Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Violincello and Double Bass
Requirements:  Students must be able to read music at an Elementary level. Completion of  “I Can Read Music”, Book 1 or equivalent. RCM Grade 1 - 2, Suzuki Book 1 to early Suzuki Book 3

Students should have a minimum of one year’s playing experience and be assessed by a placement audition.*

 

*Placement Audition – this is when the children are assessed, in person or via video recordings, for which orchestra is most suitable for them.  During their audition, maturity and musical ability are considerations.