Youth Orchestras

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CMA Youth Orchestra 

The CMA Youth Orchestra program is open to all students and community members playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. All students participating in the Youth Orchestra program are expected to perform twice each year with their ensemble. 

  • Tuition is $50 per semester, per student. 
  • Full scholarships are provided from the Lindenbaum Fund to students with financial need. Families qualify for the need-based scholarship if they are eligible for any Federal or State assistance programs such as the Free and Reduced-price School Lunch Program, SNAP/WIC, CHIP/Medicaid, etc. As an example, click here to view the income guidelines for the School Lunch Program. Qualifying families may select the scholarship during registration. 
  • Tuition is waived for students taking private lessons through the CMA. 

Beginning Orchestra directed by Bobbi Mauldin

Meetings: Two separate orchestras: Mondays from 5-6 p.m., or Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm, both meeting at TLU Schuech Fine Arts - Band Hall. You may register for whichever is most convenient to attend.

Qualifications: Graduate of Level I and II Outreach classes or 1 year of private lessons; limited or no knowledge of note reading, A and D major only at entrance. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Intermediate Orchestra directed by Bobbi Maulden

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at TLU Schuech Fine Arts - Band Hall.

Qualifications: Can read all notes in first position fluidly, can read whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth, and rests, able to slur, hook, and play staccato/legato, has ability to follow leader and blend with group, knowledge of dynamics, can play C, G, A and D major. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

The CMA Performers, directed by Eric Siu. The CMA Performers is a group of advanced, small string chamber music ensembles. The configuration and rehearsal schedule of chamber groups will be determined at the first meeting of each semester. Members of the CMA Performers are required to register for either private lessons or for small-group lessons. Private lessons need not be with CMA instructors, but we will confirm your enrollment with an outside teacher. Members of the CMA Performers are expected to perform in the community as opportunities arise, in addition to the CMA’s regular recitals. 

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. at TLU's new Weston Performing Arts Center - Orchestra Rehearsal Hall.

Qualifications: Can read and play in first and third position, can read all rhythms generally including dotted quarters and sixteenths, emerging vibrato, can play keys up to 3 sharps and 3 flats. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Small-Group Lessons

Small-Group Lessons are intended for members of the CMA Youth Orchestras, directly addressing elements of instrumental technique needed to continue improvement in musicality and advancement in the Youth Orchestra program. Small-Group Lessons offer a lower-cost but second-best alternative to private lessons.

  • Enrollment is limited to 4-7 students; registration is first-come, first served. Classes with fewer than 4 registrants will be canceled.
  • Tuition for Small Group Lessons is $150 per student, per 12-week semester.
  • No performance required - the focus is squarely on improving technical skill and musicality.

Spring 2019 Small-Group Lesson Offerings


Youth Orchestra Auditions (for CMA Performers)

  • No audition necessary for Lindenbaum Outreach Program strings class graduates to join the Beginning Orchestra - just register! 
  • Find audition requirements and expectations for entry to each level here or consult your current instructor. 
  • Orchestra auditions are first-come, first-heard; no need to reserve a time. Sign in when you arrive and warm up until you are called.
  • Upcoming audition dates (CMA Performers Group only): January 7, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 PM at TLU Schuech Fine Arts Building 

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