Preparatory Strings (formerly Junior String Orchestra)
The Preparatory Strings enjoyed their first year in the 1997-1998 season and is under the baton of Gloria Velasco. This orchestra consists of Violin, Viola, Cello & String Bass players from grades 4-5. The Preparatory Strings performs three regular concerts a year in addition to the Playathon performance and school tours. No auditions are held for this group however; a recommendation from the child's private instructor is required and the child must be able to read and play music at an appropriate level.
Preparatory Strings usually rehearses from 4:30 to 6:00 on Wednesday afternoons at the AYS Program Facility (4407 Menaul NE)