What Orchestra classes are offered?
We offer two levels of orchestra: The more advanced Chamber Orchestra and more intermediate String Orchestra. Both groups combine to form the Symphony Orchestra. Students must audition for Chamber Orchestra. Email or see Mr. Pakaluk with questions.
Does Orchestra involve a huge time commitment?
No, Orchestra rehearses as a class during the school day. Occasionally we have outside rehearsals with the winds and percussion as we approach concerts.
Does Orchestra take any trips?
Yes, in addition to our school concerts, we perform at local high schools like Saratoga and Homestead, perform in CMEA festivals, and go see performances of the San Francisco Symphony. In 2016 the Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In April 2018, the Orchestra will travel to SPAIN! Email Mr. Pakaluk if you would like to receive the itinerary and registration forms and join us on the tour!
Will I receive specialized instruction?
Through parent contributions, LIMB is able to provide coaches and clinicians who come in periodically to work in small groups and refine individual skills. These specialists are some of the best teachers and performers in the bay area. We also have performers and guest conductors from various universities and orchestras visit Lynbrook.
Should I be taking private lessons?
We highly recommend students to continue taking private or group lessons to further their skills. Any students who switch instruments are strongly encouraged to take a few lessons with a private instructor. Most students in the Chamber Orchestra take private lessons.
Does the school rent out instruments?
Yes, we rent out cellos, basses, violas, and even violins to students. Most cellists use a school instrument and avoid having to transport their own.
What sort of music does Orchestra play?
We play a variety of music ranging from classical to baroque to romantic to jazz to contemporary. Past selections include the 1812 Overture, Danse Bacchanale, Tannhauser, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and more! There is also a strong emphasis on chamber music.
Does Orchestra look good on college applications?
ABSOLUTELY! ORCHESTRA STUDENTS STAND OUT! Admissions officers seek out music students because they are aware of all the discipline and creative thinking required. Lynbrook music students go on to attend some of the top universities and colleges in the country. Every year, our students earn scholarships for musical merit, whether they major in music or not. College admissions officers seek out students who dedicate themselves and make this commitment.
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