Instrumental Ensemble

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Instrumental Ensemble

4-Week A
Block 1

Grades 5 to 12

4-Week A
Block 2

Grades 5 to 12

4-Week B
Block 1

Grades 5 to 12

4-Week B
Block 2

Grades 5 to 12

  • An audition is required to determine acceptance or placement into this Major.
  • This Major must be taken for a full 4-week session.

Enhance your ability to listen, blend, make musical decisions, and think critically by playing in a small ensemble led by professional musicians and music educators. Strengthen your skills as both a soloist and an ensemble player simultaneously.

Each day, musicians join a two-hour ensemble rehearsal that includes a combination of warm-ups, technical exercises, sound and breathing exercises, and balancing and listening exercises, as well as learning and rehearsing repertoire. Varied pieces are selected from different genres and time periods. Students also have the opportunity to learn new skills such as music theory, composition, beginner piano, beginner ukulele, and music appreciation. Instrumental Ensemble takes place in open-air studios with at least one side completely open and exposed to the surrounding woodland campus.

Lead faculty in our advanced ensembles guide musicians in a true conductor-less chamber music experience. Beginner groups will receive the technical support needed as their lead faculty takes a conductor position most days. 

Ensembles may include string, guitar, wind, and brass groups, as well as mixed instrumental groups. Students will be asked to submit a placement video shortly after enrolling and are grouped according to experience and instrumentation. At least one year of playing an instrument and an ability to read music is required. An ability to perform independently is highly recommended.

“The teacher creates a safe and fun environment and is very encouraging.” 
—Noelani

“I like the people I got placed with, we all became good friends.” 
—Sophia

“I liked how the teacher actually helped me become a better violinist.” 
—Alexa

For information on COVID procedures in this Department, please visit our COVID Updates page.

In addition to their three-period Major, students enjoy a rotating one-period Recreational Activity every day with their group. Visit our Recreational Activity page for more information.