Spring 2022 Semester Postponed to begin Monday, January 24, 2022
Further details and schedule updates coming soon.
Society of Strings consists of adult amateur string players of all skill levels. Be the Orchestra introductory courses introduce fundamentals and prepare students to join the Bravo performing ensemble. More advanced participants play in the Encore and Sinfonia ensembles that perform four annual concerts. Tune Up is a new 8-week course focusing on technical skills to prepare members to join Encore. All groups are led by OKCPHIL musicians and educators, emphasize advancing technical and musical skills, and are invited to exclusive educational and social activities with OKCPHIL musicians and guest artists.
All classes/ensembles meet once a week on Monday evenings at First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Registration fees include all materials necessary for class. You will need to provide your own instrument – we can help you connect with a local music store to rent an instrument.
Society of Strings charges a registration fee to contribute to program costs and special events. However, to relieve financial burden as a potential barrier to participation, members donate to a fund that covers partial and full scholarships for their fellow musicians. Donations exceeding scholarship needs are applied to operating costs of the program and exclusive Society of Strings experiences with OKCPHIL musicians and guest artists. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or request a scholarship.
Participants ages 18 and up are welcome. Beginners are free to register for Be the Orchestra – Fall/Beginner session during open registration. New participants with any prior playing experience should email email@example.com to discuss ensemble placement with Society of Strings Coordinator, Dr. Rob Bradshaw prior to registering.
Tune Up (Fall Only):
Tune Up is the perfect group for participants who have recently completed the OKCPHIL Be the Orchestra program or have taken time off from playing and would like to brush up on their skills before joining a performing ensemble. Led by Dr. Rob Bradshaw, Tune Up’s 8-week curriculum focuses on technical and musical skills and prepares members to join the Encore performing ensemble in the second half of the semester. Students should be comfortable reading musical notation for their instrument and have a solid foundation in instrument setup, left and right hand technique including use of the bow and plucking the instrument, and be able to read and play notes on all four strings of their instrument.
Encore is an intermediate-level performance ensemble led by Steve Waddell. Encore members generally have at least one to two year’s playing experience or have completed the Be the Orchestra program and performed with Bravo. This ensemble performs in public concerts four times each year while also advancing technical, musical, and ensemble skills. Players in the ensemble should be comfortable playing in first position on their instrument. Skills which will develop with participation in Encore include: solid tone production, focused intonation, advanced rhythms, vibrato, shifting to third position (violins/violas), shifting to third and fourth positions (cellos/basses), and more. Rehearsals begin on January 24, 2022. Register now!
Sinfonia is the advanced performance ensemble of Society of Strings. This ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire, and students should be comfortable playing in multiple positions on their instrument. Repertoire requires advanced musical knowledge and skill with challenging rhythms, a developed tone, solid vibrato, and the ability to play in keys up to three sharps and three flats. Led by Jean Statham, this ensemble performs four times throughout the year. Rehearsals begin on January 24, 2022. Register now!
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic takes the health and safety of our OKCPHIL family very seriously, including musicians, staff, volunteers, and Society of Strings members. At this time, OKCPHIL policy requires all musicians be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and this includes Society of Strings musicians. Additionally, all participants are required to wear masks at all times indoors. We will continue to monitor the status of Covid-19 in the area, and decisions regarding safety protocol may require reevaluation throughout the season in order to protect our community.
Rehearsals will be held every Monday at 6:30 p.m. beginning January 24th.