Be the Orchestra

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. 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 to donate or request a scholarship.

Participants ages 18 and up are welcome. Beginners are free to register for a Be the Orchestra – Fall/Beginner session during open registration. New participants with any prior playing experience should email to discuss ensemble placement with Society of Strings Coordinator, Dr. Rob Bradshaw prior to registering.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic takes the health and safety of our OKCPHIL family very seriously, including musicians, staff, volunteers, and Society of Strings members. 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.

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Be the Orchestra (Fall/Beginner):

A beginning orchestra class tailored for adults! Learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass in this 8-week introductory course led by Dr. Rob Bradshaw. No prior musical knowledge is necessary to be a part of this exciting class. Practicing outside of the course is suggested but not mandatory. Classes will resume Fall 2022.

Be the Orchestra (Spring/Intermediate):

Led by Dr. Rob Bradshaw, this 8-week course continues the work completed in our beginner BTO class and is also appropriate for students who have some prior experience but have not played in a while. Students should have experience reading musical notation appropriate for their chosen instrument and should be able to demonstrate the basic fundamentals of proper instrument setup, left and right hand technique including playing both with the bow and by plucking, and be able to successfully play notes on the A and D strings. Classes will resume Spring 2023.

Be the Orchestra Fall 2022 Form will open soon.

· Adult Intermediate Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass courses held every Monday for 8 weeks, beginning in Fall 2022.
· We recommend instrument rentals through Inter-City Violin (405-528-4044). Please mention your participation in “Be the Orchestra with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic” to claim a discount.