Preparatory Strings

The MCYO Preparatory Strings is conducted by Maestro Orozco, with the help every week of violinist Dr. Jennifer Lee, violist Talya Schenk and cellist Elizabeth Peterson. Preparatory Strings is a full string orchestra for young string players in grades 3 through 5.
The professional coaches teach, train and develop each section at each rehearsal and also perform with the group.



o Eligibility is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade violin, viola, cello, and bass students.
o This class will receive orchestral training from MCYO conductor Jorge Orozco
o Preparatory Strings will focus on fundamental ensemble and orchestral performance training for students to help them prepare for the next level MCYO ensembles.
Audition Date: Audition Registrations will be the same process as any other orchestras, at this link.

Audition requirements for all applicants:
o Prerequisite of at least two years of private lessons prior to audition
o Solo of teacher’s choice: ASTA grade 3 and up. Students may audition with material exceeding the minimum requirements. It is recommended that students only perform music that highlights their best technical and musical ability. No accompanist required.
o Scales: (and tonic arpeggio). Rhythm, tempo, and articulation up to private teachers.

  • Students need to play TWO scales, one major and one minor. It can be ANY major and minor scale of choice. Both scales need to be TWO OCTAVE scales. (String bass can prepare ONE 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!