The Prelude String Ensemble, led by conductor Christina Wong, provides a high-quality introduction to important concepts of performing in an ensemble. Members will apply their technical knowledge of how to play their instrument to string orchestra literature, learn orchestra rehearsal techniques, learn musical terms, and understand basic music theory. Instruction includes understanding the role of the conductor and learning to follow the conductor.
The Intermezzo String Ensemble, led by conductor Virginia Smedberg, prepares young musicians for progression to playing in a full orchestra. Members will perform string music that will build upon theoretical and musical concepts covered in the Prelude String Ensemble. Emphasis will be given to listening skills as related to playing in a large ensemble.
Rehearsals are held every Monday, from 5 pm – 6:30 pm (for the Yellow Groups) and from 7 pm – 8:45 pm (for the Intermezzo Blue Group) and 7 pm – 8:30 pm (for the Prelude Blue Group). The Prelude String Ensemble rehearses in the Sanctuary, at Los Gatos United Methodist Church (LGUMC), located at 111 Church Street, Los Gatos CA 95030. (map) The Intermezzo String Ensemble rehearses in the Sanctuary, at Faith Lutheran Church (FLC), located at 16548 Ferris Avenue, Los Gatos CA 95032. (map)
The Prelude and Intermezzo String Ensembles perform three concerts per season at the Los Gatos United Methodist Church. Admission is $5 for Adults and $3 for Students and Seniors.