String Orchestra Music - 2024-2025

String Orchestra Music - 2024-2025

Welcome Orchestra Directors

Early String Orchestra Series

Grade ½

      Midnight Snack - George T. Frueh
      Over the Fence - David Hinds

Accent Orchestra Series

Grade 1

      Wind Rhythms - Doug Spata
      Christmas Bingo - Larry Clark

Breakthrough Orchestra Series

Grade 1½

      Asgard - Jeff Frizzi
      Falling into Starlight - Matt Arnett
      The Reel Deal - Mark Lortz
      Trial by Fire - Peter Blair

Voyager Orchestra Series

Grade 2 to 2½

      Wintersongs - Vaughn Williams, arr. Deborah Baker Monday
      Precipice - Matt Arnett
      Tango Rio - David Hinds
      Absolutely Beethoven - arr. Tyler Arcari
      Lia Fáil - Steve Parsons

Concert Orchestra Series

Grade 3 to 3½

      Folksong Sketches - Vaughn Williams, arr. Deborah Baker Monday
      What Lies Beyond - Steve Parsons
      Adagio - Grieg, arr. Caryn Wiegand Neidhold
      Legend of the Chevalier - Clifton Jones
      All Is Calm, All Is Bright - Peter Blair
      Twirling Tarantella - Sanchie Bobrow
      Ariana - Peter Blair

Composers of New String Orchestra Music

Choose the Perfect Level for Your Ensemble

Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, our string orchestra music is meticulously edited and follows a strict six-part grading system reflected in our color-coded series.

Grade .5

  • Playable by first year students with limited study
  • Uses only the first six notes of the D Major Scale
  • Moderate tempo and 4/4 time signatures
  • All sections have an opportunity to play the melody

Grade 1

  • Playable by 1st year groups
  • Keys of D and G; first position (Bass 3rd position); careful writing of low 2 for Violins and Violas while avoiding high 3
  • Introducing 2/4 and 3/4 time signatures with whole, half, quarter and eighth note patterns with no syncopation
  • Detache, pizzicato, staccato, legato and marcato bowings to expand your students' technique with the right hand

Grade 1.5

  • Playable by 2nd year musicians
  • Incorporates dotted quarter-notes and simple syncopated rhythms
  • Expanded right hand technique of 2-note slurs, hooked bows and adjacent string crossings
  • Open string double stops

Grades 2 to 2.5

  • Playable by 2nd and 3rd year groups
  • Introducing 6/8 time signatures
  • New key signatures including C, A, F and Bb
  • New positions for Violin, Cello and Bass
  • More complex rhythms and fingered double stops

Grades 3 to 3.5

  • Playable by advanced middle school and high school musicians
  • Exploring higher positions for all strings
  • Expanded literature for advancing programs

Grades 4 & Up

  • Playable by high school musicians
  • First Violins explore 5th position while second Violins and Violas move through 3rd position
  • Cellos expand to 4th position while the Bass section works through 5th position

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