Orchestra Skills for String Players

The perfect class for young string players new to ensemble-playing and beginning or soon to begin playing in a youth orchestra.

This class focuses on developing important orchestra-playing skills, including:

  • Interpreting and following a conductor
  • Matching bowings, articulations, and tone quality
  • Identifying melody versus accompaniment
  • Communicating with fellow players using eye contact and breath phrasing

Students will have the chance to workshop solo pieces relevant to class topics, and to prepare ensemble selections for performance at the semester’s end.

Instructor: Celia Zhang Violinist Celia Zhang, a graduate of the Julliard and Yale schools of music, has enjoyed a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra performer. She has worked with some of history’s nest conductors, including James DePriest, Alan Gilbert, and Leonard Slatkin. Celia has been invited as a Fellowship recipient to festivals such as Aspen, Spoleto, and Music Academy of the West. Recent performances include appearances with the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Norwalk Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Enroll Today! Call 617-277-4593

Day Time Start Date Per Term (16 weeks) Full Year (32 weeks)
Thursday 5:30pm 9/13/2018 $490* $980*


Semesters 2018-2019

Orchestra Skills for String Players Classes have two semesters:

  1. FALL semester begins on September 11, 2018
  2. SPRING semester begins on January 29, 2019

Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term.

More info available at School Calendars

School Calendars

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $35 registration fee per student ($50 per family)
  • There is a $15 fee per term for payment plans
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study

BMS is committed to removing any financial barriers. Tuition assistance is available.

Tuition Assistance


Do you have any questions about this class?
Call 617-277-4593 or email info@bmsmusic.org


Celia Zhang

Celia Zhang

I am a firm believer in the old adage that “knowledge is never wasted”. With Music’s unique combination of technical and creative facets, it becomes the perfect tool with...(more)

Ensembles Classes

Performing ensembles at Brookline Music School offer students the unique chance to work together in a social, collaborative atmosphere to sharpen their musical skills and have fun! Ensemble playing requires members to listen carefully to themselves and each other, building a strong sense of rhythm and meter, and a keen ear for intonation, articulation, and dynamics. Students of classical chamber music will be exposed to new composers, forms, and styles that will expand their musical imagination and knowledge. Jazz, pop, and rock ensembles allow endless group combinations and stylistic possibilities for instrumentalists and singers alike. 

Placement in an ensemble is based off of an informal placement audition. Each group will receive a weekly coaching with one of our distinguished faculty members.