Serenade Strings Ensemble (SSE)

Update Regarding Feb. 20 and 23 for SSE:

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.

Originally, this date was cancelled for DSE, LSE and SEE, and a makeup rehearsal was to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20th.

However, rehearsal can now be held as usual on Saturday, Feb. 23, so there will be no makeup rehearsal on Feb. 20th. Please update your calendars! Many thanks.

Serenade Strings Ensemble (SSE) is the second tier string ensemble in the Armstrong Youth Orchestra Program (AYO Program). This ensemble is for beginning-level string musicians who have already played in an ensemble or intermediate-level musicians new to orchestral playing. Students should already read notes and rhythms. All music that SSE plays will be in first position.

We strongly recommend all Serenade Strings students 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 SSE plays pieces rated — ASTA Grade 1-2.

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 (regular time – 9:45 a.m.)
April 28: Spring Concert (Fine Arts Auditorium) @ 6:30PM (report to the stage at 6 p.m.)

Unless otherwise indicated, Serenade Strings rehearsals are Saturday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. Rehearsals will be in Room 202 (choir room, second floor) in the GSU Fine Arts Hall of the Armstrong Campus. Please arrive at 9:45 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 6:00pm
  • 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 – 9:45) Wear normal clothes…not concert clothes
  • Sunday, April 28 Spring Concert at 6:30 (Fine Arts Auditorium) Please report directly to the stage at 6 p.m.