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Orchestra introduces students to string ensemble performance techniques and the basics of their chosen instruments and basic musicianship through a variety of musical genres and historical periods.

Students are encouraged to participate in TPSMEA All-State ensembles, Region Orchestra, Solo/Ensemble contests, and the ISAS Arts Festival. The ensemble performs at the Fall Choir Concert, Lessons and Carols, various chapel services, and other ESD community events throughout the school year. 

A strings student plays their instrument at ESD's Lessons and Carols.

Students in strings have the opportunity to play with classmates for friends and family at performances throughout the year.

ESD events like Lessons and Carols, pictured here, are enhanced by our own strings students providing the musical accompaniments for the service.

Lower school students play the ukuleles in music class.

There are no prerequisites at any level in strings, just a willingness and a desire to learn. Lower school students are given the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments in music class, like the ukulele (pictured here).

If a student has a strong interest in strings, we encourage students at all levels to participate in the After School Strings Club that meets once a week.

Students can begin taking orchestra or strings courses in middle school and are provided many opportunities to play their instruments beyond the classroom. Our students participate in group concerts, TPSMEA events, and in middle and upper school performance trips.

In 2018 orchestra and strings students attended the Universal Studios Sound Design Workshop where they learned to the art of foley and producing a film soundtrack (which they performed), sound effects and voice-overs.

Students learn much more than how to play an instrument. They learn how to focus for extended periods of time,
how to work as a team, and how to be life-long learners. 
- Adrian Demian, Middle and Upper School Strings Director