The SONG string program is a fun, audition-free group that offers violin, viola, and cello options for children and youth ages 7 and up, with a focus on social development through the pursuit of musical excellence.
In the SONG string program, students learn the basics of string technique, rhythm and note reading skills, how to play in an ensemble, and how to play within a full orchestra.
SONG provides instruments and music for each child through the generosity of our donors.
Students perform in 2 concerts per year and have the option to perform with several other community orchestras each year.
Teamwork, confidence building, feeling safe, and having fun are the most important parts of what we do. And in the end, we also make beautiful music!
"I love coming to SONG. During the concerts, you just get this amazing feeling. The whole audience is just looking at you and other SONG players, and it just sounds so beautiful.
It's an amazing experience. Learning the violin means a lot to me. You should join and try it out. It's really good for your brain."
Do I have to know how to play an instrument?
Students need to have sung in choir for one year before joining strings, in order to master the basic music skills that will help them succeed. Otherwise, no musical experience is needed!
Do I need to provide my own instrument?
No, instruments and music are provide to our students for free, through the generosity of our donors.
How old do I have to be?
Students are ages 7 and up. String players are divided into groups based on their experience levels.
Where are rehearsals?
Rehearsals for the 2020 Fall program will take place online, due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for more details!
Usually, we have locations in Cobourg and Port Hope, and string players are invited to join whichever is most convenient for them and their family.
When are rehearsals?
Stay tuned for more details of our 2020 Fall programming.
How much does it cost to join SONG?
SONG is completely free to our students, thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers.