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Community Orchestra

A Community string orchestra program to give all students the joy of playing the violin, viola, cello, or double bass.

Auditions for the Shepherd Community Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, beginning at 6:00pm

Violins and Violas will audition between 6:00pm-6:45pm and Cellos and Basses will audition between 6:45pm-7:30pm. Please prepare a 3-5 minute piece of music, along with a 2-3 octave scale. There will also be a sight-reading portion to the audition. Please contact Sherry Sykes with any questions you may have about the auditions,


The Shepherd Community Orchestra is a student orchestra in residence at Shepherd University. It provides opportunities for over 70 local string and wind students from elementary through college age to play in a youth orchestra of outstanding caliber. Young or inexperienced string students may audition for the Junior String Ensemble and advanced string students may audition for the Senior Orchestra.

In alliance with the Shepherd University Department of Music, area string students work with collegiate level string, wind and percussion students, affording them performance experience with string and full orchestral repertoire.  The Shepherd Community Orchestra has continued to grow and has created a needed musical outlet for area students that did not exist for string players before the orchestra began in 1998.

Two orchestra concerts are presented for the public each year in December and April.
Next concert: December 13, 2017, 7:30pm
Frank Center Theater

Orchestra Policies and Procedures (Jr. Strings) 2017-18
Orchestra Policies and Procedures (Sr. Orchestra) 2017-18
Orchestra Registration Form 2017-18
Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule-2017-18

Financial Aid is available for both ensembles, thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics.

To schedule an audition email Sherry Sykes, Community Music Coordinator,