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How can I join a string orchestra?

Playing in an Ensemble, Chamber Group or Orchestra is something to aim for when you commence violin lessons.  It is a very valuable and enjoyable experience.
The strings form the largest family of instruments in an orchestra and come in four sizes: the violin (which is the smallest), the viola, the cello, and the biggest, the double bass. Many schools have a School Orchestra which you may be able to join.  Normally you will need to have at least 3 to 6 months experience on the violin before joining a junior orchestra.  At Central Coast Conservatorium, we have a number of graded ensembles in our Saturday Morning Strings Program. They commence with beginner ensemble, followed by:

We also conduct the Central Coast Youth Orchestra which comprises strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, bass guitar and piano.

Your teacher will be able to advise when you are ready to join the orchestra.  Some advanced orchestras will require an audition.

From there, you might audition for Symphony Central Coast or Australian Youth Orchestra.


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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12

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.