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Preparatory Orchestra

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

Auditions for Preparatory Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble, Wednesday, January 11, contact

The Shepherd Preparatory 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. Younger string students may audition for the Junior String Orchestra 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 Preparatory 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. The next concert will be April 26, 2017.

Orchestra Policies and Procedures (Jr. Strings) 2016-2017

Orchestra Policies and Procedures (Sr. Orchestra) 2016-2017

Orchestra Registration Form 2016-2017

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

Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule-2016-2017

Open Enrollment for Lessons and Orchestra
To schedule an audition email