Academy String Orchestra

The Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO) is for students in grades 5-8 who wish to begin to perform orchestral music. Emphases include the development of reading and ensemble skills. ASTRO's schedule includes weekly rehearsals (two 10-week semesters) and two performances a year. ASTRO is the preparatory orchestra for the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra program. 

As a general rule, students spend a minimum of two years in ASTRO before moving to the Fox Valley Symphony's Philharmonia Orchestra.  This is particularly true for students whose schools teach strings in small group lesson formats rather than in full orchestral settings, and for students in grades 5 or 6.

ASTRO is meant to augment, rather than replace, curricular music classes.  Therefore, we do expect that ASTRO members are enrolled in a school performance ensemble while they are members of the orchestra.

Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year. 

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  • Hello ASTRO members,
    Practice suggestions for this are as follows:
    • Night Shift
      • Intonation: violins & violas - high 3's & 2's; low 1's & 2's
      • Postions:  violins & violas - 3rd position
      • Cellos - 4th position
      • Steady 8ths, 16ths and pizzicato
    • Colors
      • Counting for entrances
      • Violas - C string notes nice and strong
    • Finale
      • Pizzicato off-beats
      • Bow retakes, especially at "D"
      • Short and long quarter notes
    • Elegy
      • Dynamics: loud/soft = forte/piano
      • Staccato versus legato
    • J & J
      • Unison rhythms at 17 & 41
      • Quick changes to pizzicato and back to arco​

Concert Tickets on sale Monday, October 31st

  • Ticket price: $8 general admission
  • Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
    • 920-832-6749
    • Music Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave. Appleton
    • Purchase Tickets Online
      • Online ticketing will open at 1:00 p.m. on October 31st

2016-17 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

Dress Rehearsal Date Friday, November 18, 2016
Dress Rehearsal Time 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Concert Date Saturday, November 19, 2016
Concert Time 3:00 p.m.
Concert Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Dress Rehearsal Date Friday, March, 17, 2017
Dress Rehearsal Time 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Concert Date Saturday, March 18, 2017
Concert Time 3:00 p.m.
Concert Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel



  • Students should bring their folder and a pencil to all rehearsals.
  • All folders and music are the property of the Lawrence Academy of Music and should be returned at the end of each semester or when the student leaves the ensemble.
  • Lost or damaged music will be billed the cost of the complete score.
  • Students new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs. 
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy at the cost of $8 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • Students should wear a white shirt, elbow-length or longer. Black or dark slacks are acceptable. Skirts should be knee length or longer when seated and non-patterned. Ties are not required, but suggested.
  • Violinists, please have an extra E string in your case.
  • Cellists/bassists, please have a rock stop. 

Electronics Policy

Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts.   If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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