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Led by Rachel Nesvig, the Debut orchestra is a learning group of students and adults with one to three years experience. Repertoire includes music ranging from classical to contemporary. This is a full orchestra including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

Quick Information

  • Students K-12: FREE!

  • Adults: $180 total for the Winter and Spring 2024 Sessions

  • Rachel Nesvig

Placement Auditions for those new to the Debut Orchestra:
  • Musicians new to WSCO or new to the Debut Orchestra are asked to play for 1-2 conductors or coaches at the start of the session.

  • Auditions are informal and serve as an opportunity for us to meet you and help find the ensemble that will best fit your current playing ability. Musicians are only required to audition once but are always welcome to re-audition at the start of any session, should they wish to switch ensembles. 

  • You may request an audition at the time of registration. Auditions for the Winter/Spring 2024 session are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2024

  • To participate in the Debut Orchestra you should be able to:

  1. Play C, G, D, F, and B-flat major scales (one octave)

  2. Play a prepared short excerpt. The "excerpt" can be anything! About 20 measures: from a piece you are currently playing, from a book of etudes, from your friend's clarinet book... whatever you are comfortable performing.

  3. Read music for your instrument

  4. Read and play eighth-note rhythms

  5. Strings:

Violin and Viola - play in first position; play in third position recommended

Cello - play in first position; play in fourth position recommended

Bass - be comfortable with shifting

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