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.

Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year. 

Audition Requests and Registration

Auditions and registration are now closed for the 2016-17 season. Please fill out our interest form to receive information about auditions for next year. Information will be sent out in the spring.

Interest Form

 

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

 

Orchestra Materials

Each member will be assigned a music bag and folder containing music. Bags, folders and all music are the property of Lawrence Academy of Music and are to be returned in good condition at the end of the season or when the student leaves the ensemble. Lost or damaged music will be billed to the owner of the folder.

Concert Uniform

Students are to wear a white shirt, elbow-length sleeves or longer (no t-shirts). Turtleneck, mock turtleneck, or collared shirts are acceptable. Black or dark slacks (no jeans) or skirt, knee length or longer when seated. 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.

Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube LarryU