Debut Strings Ensemble (DSE)

Update Regarding Feb. 23 Rehearsal for DSE:

We have an important rehearsal schedule change to announce! The previously cancelled rehearsal on Saturday, Feb. 23 is now back on the schedule! Please plan to rehearse on Saturday, Feb. 23 at your normal place and time.

Debut Strings Ensemble (DSE), is the entry-level string ensemble in the Armstrong Youth Orchestra Program (AYO Program). Students who benefit the most from this program are those who have been playing long enough to develop a comfortable and correct instrument and bow hold. Students should be at least a rising 2nd grader or age 7 by September 1st. Rehearsals will cover note reading, identifying rhythms and playing simple string pieces together as an ensemble.

We strongly recommend that students entering the Debut or Serenade Strings Ensembles obtain a private lesson teacher, as the once a week group ensemble experience alone is not enough to progress and develop a solid technical foundation. The DSE plays pieces rated — ASTA Grade 1.

Required Concert Attire

Audition Requirements By Instrument

Important Spring 2019 Dates

January 9: Auditions for New Students
January 19: First rehearsal
Wednesday, Mar. 13: Make-up rehearsal
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day. NO Rehearsal
April 20: Yes, having Rehearsal
April 27: Dress Rehearsal at 8:45 a.m.
April 28: Spring Concert (Fine Arts Auditorium) @ 6:30 p.m. (report to stage at 5:50)

Unless otherwise indicated, Debut Strings (DSE) rehearsals are Saturday mornings from 9 – 9:55. Rehearsals will be in Room 202 (choir room, second floor) in the GSU Fine Arts Hall of the Armstrong Campus. Please arrive at 8:45 to tune and set up.

  • January 19 First Rehearsal
  • January 26 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • February 2 NEW location, First Presbyterian Church (520 Washington Avenue)
  • February 9 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • February 16 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • February 23 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • March 2 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • March 9 First Presbyterian Church (520 Washington Avenue)
  • March 13 Wednesday, Rehearsal starting at 5:00pm
  • NO REHEARSAL Saturday, March 16
  • March 23 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • March 30 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • April 4 Thursday, Rehearsal Time TBA
  • April 6 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • April 13 Regular Saturday Rehearsal
  • April 20 YES, Regular Saturday Rehearsal (Easter Weekend)
  • Saturday, April 27 Morning Dress Rehearsal (Fine Arts Auditorium) Please report directly to the stage (regular time – 8:45)
  • Sunday, April 28 Spring Concert at 6:30 (Fine Arts Auditorium) Please report directly to the stage at 5:50