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Saturday 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 six key activites including:

1. Beginner String Classes

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

Beginner String Classes are for beginner students who would like to explore playing string instruments in a fun group environment. 

These classes run for one semester (6 months) and include:

  • a 30 minute shared group class for 2 students
  • instrument hire for a period of 6 months.
On completion of Beginner String Class, students will progress to one to one tuition and Mini Strings Ensemble.

2. Mini Strings Ensemble (9:00 -10:00am)

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

Open to students who have been learning their instrument for a period of 6 months - 2 years. This ensemble is a fun environment where students learn the fundamentals of playing together in an ensemble which culminates in a concert at the end of each semester to celebrate their achievements.

3. String Ensemble (9:00 - 10:00am)

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

String Ensemble is for students playing at a standard of AMEB grades 2 - 4

Students in this ensemble enjoy exploring exciting new repertoire, more complex scores and developing their group performance skills.  Once students are confident in their ensemble skills they have the opportunity to learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes.  

String Ensemble Performs at each end of Semester Concert.

4. Chamber Music Groups (10:15 - 11:15am)

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

Chamber Music Groups are the most important aspect of the Saturday Strings Program.  Students learn leadership, independence and musicianship in a group of 3 - 5 players with individual parts and are guided by a chamber music coach.

Chamber music groups prepare a work to perform at each end of Semester Concert.

5. Technique Class (11:20 - 11:50am)

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

Technique classes are for students playing in the String Ensemble and Central Coast Chamber Orchestra.  This class is designed to supplement students' learning in their one to one lessons. 

The technique class is an invaluable tool in learning and consolidating all aspects of string technique. 

6. Central Coast Chamber Orchestra (12:00 - 1:00pm)

(Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)

The Central Coast Chamber Orchestra is the Conservatorium's premier string ensemble and regularly performs in the Premier Ensembles Concert, Opera in the Arboretum and other high profile community events. As well as weekly rehearsals on a Saturday, members of the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra continue to participate in Chamber Music and Technique classes.  

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 (all Saturday Strings and one to one students)
  • Performance practice classes twice a term (for one to one Conservatorium students)

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

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Term Dates

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

Term 1
Tuesday 28/1 to Thursday 9/4 
(Saturday Strings concludes 28 March)

Term 2
Monday 27/4 to Saturday 4/7 
(Saturday Strings concludes 27 June) 

Term 3
Monday 20/7 to Saturday 26/9 
(Saturday Strings concludes 19 September) 

Term 4
Monday 12/10 to Saturday 19/12
(Saturday Strings concludes 12 December)

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.