A beginning training ensemble

The MCYO Preparatory Strings is conducted by Maestro Orozco, with the help every week of Assistant Conductor, violinist Jennifer Lee and two professional string coaches, violist Maria Montano and cellist Elizabeth Peterson. For young string players in grades 3 through 5, the Prep Strings is MCYO’s entry-level ensemble, but is a full string orchestra.
The professional coaches teach, train and develop each section at each rehearsal and also perform with the group.



• Eligibility is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade violin, viola, cello, and bass students.
• This class will receive entry-level orchestral training from MCYO conductor Jorge Orozco
• Preparatory Strings will focus on fundamental ensemble and orchestral performance training for students who may later become part of the MCYO orchestras.

Audition Date: Audition Registrations will be the same process as any other orchestras, at this link.

Audition requirements for all applicants:
• Prerequisite of at least one year of private lessons prior to audition
Solo of teacher’s choice: ASTA grade 1-2
Scales: (and tonic arpeggio). Rhythm, tempo, and articulation up to private teachers.

  • Students can play ANY major or minor of choice (one of each) TWO OCTAVE scales

Orchestral Excerpts: found on this page.

If you plan on auditioning for Chamber Strings, you do NOT need to do a separate audition for Preparatory Strings!