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Saturday Morning Strings Program

Saturday Morning Strings is a graded ensemble program for string players from Preliminary to AMus A.  It is for students of violin, viola, cello and double bass and includes classes in Chamber Music for intermediate and advanced students. Saturday Morning Strings runs for nine weeks per school term and comprises five groups and technique classes:

1. Beginner String Ensembles:

(Cello, Violin and Double Bass)

For absolute beginners: you get a half hour group lesson on cello, violin or double bass with a qualified string teacher.  Your fee also includes an instrument which you can take home to practice on. Students can enrol in a beginner string ensemble for a maximum two terms, after which they should progress to Mini Strings.

2. Mini Strings Ensemble

Open to students up to the age of 10, entry typically begins at beginner level to Grade 1 to 2.  Students enrol in Mini Strings for a term and their progress is monitored. The teacher will progress them to String Ensemble when they are ready.  Students perform at String Fest - a strings student solo and ensemble concert held twice a year.

3. String Ensemble

String ensembles is the next level up from Mini's.  Students are typically in Primary School and Grade 3 to 4 on their instrument. Exciting new repertoire is added, preparing students for the next level.  String Ensemble also performs at String Fest.

4. Junior String Orchestra

Students are now proficient on their instrument, able to read and play parts from more complex scores and developing their group performance skills.  Junior String Orchestra members also learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes.  There are five chamber groups which split away from the main group to practice and rehearse together. 

5. Central Coast Chamber Orchestra

The Central Coast Chamber Orchestra is the Conservatorium's premier string ensemble and regularly performs in the Premier Ensembles Concert, at Opera in the Arboretum and other high profile community events. As well as weekly rehearsals on a Saturday, the Orchestra also learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes.  There are five chamber groups which split away from the main group to practice and rehearse together.  Members also attend a half hour instrument specific technique class where they work on technical aspects of playing. There are numerous opportunities to perform during the year in concerts and workshop master classes. 

Technique Class

Students playing in the Junior String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra also attend a half hour instrument specific technique class where students work on technical aspects of playing. 

Extension Opportunities

Students involved in the Saturday Strings program and one-to-one lesson are also able to participate in a number of extension opportunities including:

  • Masterclasses with world renowned musicians and international visiting artists
  • Performance practice classes twice a term

For a full schedule of rehearsals, please contact the Conservatorium on 4324 7477.

Application Form

(Fields with * are required)

  • Mother
  • Father
  • Guardian
  • Other (please specify below)
  • n/a - adult enrolment
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Absolute Beginner
  • 1 month to 12 months
  • 12 months to 3 years
  • 3 years plus
  • Not applicable (new learner)
  • Conservatorium teacher in school
  • Conservatorium teacher on campus
  • Private lessons (non Con)
  • Self taught
  • Lessons from another family member
  • Coming back to lessons after a break
  • Adult Beginner
  • Adult Intermediate to Advanced

Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.