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Hello to all of you! We have exciting things happening soon, so please check back often for updates on events and schedules!

Click the link below for this year’s Concert Calendar

Required Materials for Orchestra

(2021-22 School Year)

Below is a shopping list you will need for orchestra!  

One thing that you will need to make sure of is to get a quality instrument.  Nothing will make your orchestra experience bad faster than a poor instrument.  I strongly recommend going to one of our local music stores (listed below) and getting your instrument there.  You will get a quality instrument in good working condition. If you choose other venues, be very careful. While I understand the thought of going with the cheapest instrument possible at first, please know that when you go super cheap…you get super cheap.  Those $100 new instruments are nearly unplayable, and will make your experience in orchestra very frustrating! Please check with me on brand names before you purchase. If you get something like Cecilio, Eastar, or Mendini you are getting a very poor instrument that will cause immense frustration.  DO NOT BUY INSTRUMENTS FROM AMAZON OR EBAY!!!

Please, please, please, do not get these brands!!!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Braithwaite!  abraithwaite@alpinedistrict.org


***Please note that for viola, cello, and bass you can rent instruments from the school for as long as those instruments are available.  We have several to rent, so check with Mrs. Braithwaite about renting them!

Shopping List:

  • Rosin (Gustave Bernardel for violin, viola, or cello; Pops for bass)
  • Music Stand for at-home practice
  • Small, dry rag to wipe off your instrument (stays in your case)
  • For Cello players: cello strap
  • For Bass players: rock stop
  • For Violin/Viola players: shoulder rest

(Links can be found on the Luthiers page)

Method Books:

***There are links to Amazon below each book image. These are for convenience purposes only. You are welcome to purchase your method book from any local music store or online source 

  • Beginning: String Explorer Book 1
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  • Intermediate & Advanced Orchestras: Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician

Stores I Trust:

Adam Day
4916 State Street
Murray, UT
Charles Liu Fine Violins
7450 State Street
Midvale, UT
Summerhays Music
1006 State Street
Orem, UT
Peter Prier
308 E 200 S

Online: You can purchase instruments online at swstrings.com or sharmusic.com (ONLY- DO NOT BUY FROM AMAZON OR EBAY!!!), but please talk to me before doing so- there are many levels of instruments available on these sites, and you want to be sure to get the correct instrument for you! Sharmusic.com and swstrings.com are great places to get accessories like rosin, strings, cello straps, rock stops, and shoulder rests!