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 a performance in November and March. ASTRO is the preparatory orchestra for the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra program. Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year.

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 its members are enrolled in a school performance ensemble, if offered, while they are members of ASTRO.


  • October 31st Rehearsal: ASTRO rehearsal will end at promptly at 5:30 p.m.

  • Academy and ASTRO apparel is available for purchase online now through November 2.

  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for ASTRO. This calendar was updated on 8/3/17

2017-18 Calendar

2017-18 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

Fall Dress Rehearsal
Date Friday, November 17
Time 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Fall Concert
Date Saturday, November 18
Time 4:00 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel


Spring Dress Rehearsal
Date Friday, March 16
Time 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Spring Concert
Date Sunday, March 18
Time 1:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel


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.


  • 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 with black or dark bottoms; no jeans or tennis shoes.
  • If a student wishes to wear a skirt, the skirt should be knee length or longer when seated and non-patterned.
  • Students may also wear ties.
  • Violinists, please have an extra E string in your case.
  • Cellists/bassists, please have a rock stop. 

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

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