There are certain musical skills that can only be honed in an ensemble. I like to provide my students with the opportunity to play in a group setting. There is so much exciting and beautiful repertoire that requires a group to play. Besides, it is so much fun to play with other musicians! Students are able to build confidence playing in ensembles. They are able to practice leading and following, listening and playing in unison (which requires sensitivity and cooperation).
Currently, I am the Associate Director of the Siskiyou Violins, an award-winning, Southern Oregon performance ensemble. I encourage my students to participate in this polished group of violinists as soon as they are able.
Another great opportunity for young musicians is the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, a large ensemble that includes brass and woodwinds. I have been involved with this organization for over 20 years and am so glad young, local musicians have the opportunity to play great symphonic works together. I urge my students to participate when they are ready to audition and of course I help them to learn and polish their orchestra music.
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