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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!

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Looking Ahead

Orchestra Concert Schedule 2018-19


October 10th 8pm Cluster Concert @ Westlake


November 30th TBA Christmas Creche

(Adv/Symph Only)

December 6th 6:30pm & 8pm Winter Orchestra Concerts


December 7th 7pm Concerto Night

(Symph Only)

January 18th-19th TBA Jr. High All-State

rehearsals and concert

(Invitation Only)

February 13th 4-8pm VHMS Solo and Ensemble

(Adv/Symph Only)

March 12th-13th During/After School TBA State Jr. High Orchestra Festival @ UofU (Adv/Symph audition only)
March 26th-27th During School TBA District Orchestra Festival


May 14th 6, 7, & 8pm Spring Orchestra Concerts

(All Orchestras)

May 18th CANCELLED! Music in the Parks @ Lagoon **CANCELLED!**

Required Materials for Orchestra (2019-20 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 or Mendini you are getting a very poor instrument that will cause immense frustration.  

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
    • 1″ Binder (any color)
    • Pencil to keep in your case
    • 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


Method Books:

  • Beginning: String Explorer Book 1

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  • Intermediate: String Explorer Book 2

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  • Advanced: Essential Techniques Book 3

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Stores I Trust:

   Adam Day              Charles Liu Fine Violins    Summerhays Music           Peter Prier

4916 State Street           7450 State Street            1006 State Street                308 E 200 S           Murray, UT                         Midvale, UT                       Orem, UT                        SLC, UT   

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!


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