About Bravura Strings
New in 2020, Bravura Strings is SEMYO’s newest ensemble for student musicians who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. This is a fun, low-key ensemble for young string players who want to increase in skill while making music with friends!
Orchestra members will increase musical aptitude and learn basic ensemble playing skills while rehearsing and performing in a string orchestra, and prepare for future participation in the SEMYO Chamber Strings orchestra.
Skills covered include learning key signatures up to 3 sharps and 2 flats, understanding dotted rhythms and sixteenth notes, matching bow direction and placement within the ensemble, and learning to listen and play with other ensemble members.
Violin and viola players will play primarily in 1st position, cello and bass players will learn to play in 2nd & 3rd position.
Participants should have 1-2 years playing experience and basic knowledge of her or his instrument (or at the end of Suzuki Book 1 or starting Book 2). A simple audition is required that will include 2 scales and a musical excerpt. Visit our audition page for instructions on how to submit an audition.
Conductor - Robyn Watts
Robyn Watts will join SEMYO this fall as conductor of the new Bravura Strings ensemble. Mrs. Watts has a passion for teaching beginner string students and derives great pleasure from starting out students with a strong solid foundation in technique while encouraging a love of music. Mrs. Watts has taught private music lessons in Rochester for over 20 years and has recentaly taught orchestra at John Adams Middle School and Century High School.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates
Rehearsals: 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays (early September to Mother’s Day). Rehearsals take place at Kellogg Middle School located at 503 17th St NE, Rochester.
Performances: Bravura Strings will perform in three formal concerts and one holiday concert at the Apache mall. Performance dates for the 2021-2022 season are 11/13, 2/27, and 5/15.
Fees & Scholarships
The participation fee is $150 per trimester ($450 per year) and includes a $40 registration fee.
SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.