Saratoga Strings

Welcome parents and students!


Here are the recordings of our songs for the students to listen to/play along with.

Beginning Strings:


First Finger Pachelbel:

Cadet Orchestra:


Appalachian Hymn:

La Rejouissance:

Ghost Ship:

The spring semester of Saratoga Strings has begun! If you have only paid for one semester of tuition, please follow the link below in order to continue participation. Each semester is $65 and the Spring Tuition Deadline is January 20th. I am excited see how far these kids progress this year!

Click here for ONLINE PAYMENT (instructions below)

– Make payments at the Vista Heights Middle School Finance Office or online at Go to the bottom of the page and click “guest login” then scroll through the drop down menu to “UT- Alpine -Vista Heights Middle” and click. Then click “Saratoga Strings.” Then click on “Add to Cart” and make the payment.

Please make sure your student is bringing ALL necessary materials to class! Here is the list:
– Instrument
-Rosin (I recommend Bernardel for violin/viola/cello and Pops for bass)
-Cello Strap (cellos)
-Shoulder Rest (violin/viola)
– Pencil
-1.5″-2″ binder with all music/worksheets (Provided in class)

Saratoga Strings Rehearsal Schedule:

Cadets (Intermediate): 4-4:55                                                             Beginners: 5-5:55

***All rehearsals in the VHMS Orchestra Room unless otherwise noted***

Tuesdays Thursdays
Jan. 16 Jan. 18
Jan. 23 Jan. 25
Jan. 30 Feb. 1
Feb. 6 Feb. 8
Feb. 13 ***No Rehearsal*** Feb. 15
Feb. 20 Feb. 22
Feb. 27 ***No Rehearsal*** March 1 ***No Rehearsal***
March 6 March 8
March 13 March 15
March 20 ***No Rehearsal*** March 22
March 27 March 29
April 3 ***No Rehearsal*** April 5 ***No Rehearsal***
April 10 April 12
April 17 April 19
April 24 April 26
May 1 May 3
May 8 May 10 ***No Rehearsal***
May 15 *ON STAGE* May 17
May 22 ***Concert! All groups arrive at 4, concert at 5pm*** Wear Saratoga Strings t-shirts and black pants/skirt (skirts must be mid-calf length or longer) with black socks and dress shoes.

Ashley Braithwaite
Director, VHMS Orchestras
Director, Saratoga Strings Youth Ensembles

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