HS Orchestras



STRING DAY is a day devoted to string playing. The day begins at 9am and ends at 3.15pm with raffle prizes.

After a brief performance in the morning by UMass' graduate string quartet, participants of Opus 2 and 3 will have a choice of attending various clinics including a Masterclass, Mock Auditions, African Drumming and Learn how to Play the Irish Fiddle.

The Masterclass led by Professor Astrid Schween will be in Bezanson Recital Hall and limited to the first four to sign up/email  (CLASS IS FULL).  The mock auditions (which will essentially be similar to the masterclass but in private) led by Professor Elizabeth Chang will be limited to the first ten to sign up by email Please prepare one to two solo pieces of your choice for the Mock Audition, Our African Drumming Session with Professor Faith Conant to the first 15, and our Irish Fiddling with Brittany Ware to all instruments - not just the "fiddle". 

Phil Rush from our sponsor Carriage House Violins will then give a clinic of How to Shop for your Dream Instrument.  The clinic will showcase 10-20 instruments and bows demonstrated by faculty and UMass students.

Opus 4 - Junior will rehearse in the morning at 10am and then move to African Drumming at 11.  Following lunch, they will have the opportunity to learn a tune or two in the style Irish Fiddling!

Current UMass students are heavily involved in STRING DAY and they will be sitting alongside each STRING DAY participant in chamber music readings, Opus 2, and leading the sectionals and sitting with participants in Opus 3 and Opus 4.

Parents are welcome to attend the 2.15pm free performance.




9am Registration

Lobby of Bezanson Recital Hall

9.20am Introductions

Director of String Day in Bezanson Recital Hall

9.30am Performance

Bezanson Recital Hall

9.50am Move to 10am Room


Opus 4 Rehearsal

Room 150

Opus 2 & 3 Please choose one of the following:

1. Masterclass with Astrid Schween

Bezanson Recital Hall

2. Mock audition with Professor Elizabeth Chang

Room 154 (check in and warm up in Room 152)

3. Irish Fiddling Clinic with Brittany Ware

Room 44

4. African drumming with Professor Faith Conant

Room 36 (max of 15)

11am Apple/Cookie Break


Opus 4 African Drumming with Faith Conant    

Room 36

Opus 2 & 3 Clinic by Carriage House Violins Finding Your Voice: How to Shop for the Instrument of Your Dreams

Bezanson Recital Hall

12.15 Lunch

Room 149

1pm Rehearsal for Opus orchestras

Opus 4 Irish Fiddling Clinic with Brittany Ware

Opus 3 Rehearsal in Room 36

Opus 2 Rehearsal in Room 44

2pm Move to Bezanson Recital Hall

2.15pm Concert

Bezanson Recital Hall

3.15 Farewells and Raffle Prizes are drawn