Welcome String Students!

Activity 1

Prepare your Lawrence Symphony Orchestra audition.  Here are the requirements for each instrument.

Activity 2

Check out the Music Theory, Musicology, and Keyboard Skills Con Brio pages.  If you are interested in Jazz, Composition, or Music Education, look at those pages as well. 

Activity 3

Print out and learn the third movement (Presto) of Mozart Divertimento in D Major, K. 136. Violinists can take a look at both Violin 1 and Violin 2 parts. We will read and rehearse this piece together during Welcome Week.

Violin 1
Violin 2

Activity 4

Communicate with your studio teacher.  Send an email to your teacher from your Lawrence account and ask if there are additional items you should prepare over the summer.


Expectations of String Students

At Lawrence, your instrument is at the center of your academic life; you are responsible for your performances.  Your teacher is always there to help, our ultimate job is to teach you how to teach yourself.  You should expect to spend about 3 hours each day in the practice room. 
Come to lessons prepared with decisions on

  • Bowings
  • Fingerings
  • Phrasing
  • Tempo
  • Interpretation
  • Look up all foreign musical terms in the score.
  • Listen to various interpretations.
  • Compare various editions and choose fingerings and bowings that suit you best.
  • Analyze the piece you are learning and use your harmonic and formal analysis to inform your interpretation and assist in your memorization.