About Bravura Strings
Bravura Strings an ensemble for student musicians with at least one year experience playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. This is a fun, educational 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 - Michael Sloane
SEMYO welcomes Michael Sloane as conductor of the Bravura Strings Orchestra for the 2022-2023 season. Mr. Sloane brings a wealth of teaching experience to SEMYO that includes 25 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools. He has been the middle and high school orchestra director at Faribault Public Schools since 2014 and previously taught orchestra at school districts in Cottage Grove, Bloomington, Owatonna, and Rochester.
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. Concert dates for the 2022-2023 season include November 13, February 26, and May 21.
Fees & Scholarships
The participation fee is $150 per trimester ($450 per year) and includes a $50 registration fee per family.
SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.