Orchestra News

Summer orchestra is coming up!
ummer orchestra registration is open for anyone in grades 3-5.
See Summer Orchestra Registration to the left.

 If you will NOT be taking lessons this summer and do not want your school-owned instrument next year, please return it at your last lesson.  Cellos and basses may return it either at your lesson to your own school, or directly to the Middle School, by May 24th

Choices for new students: 

Instruments:  Violins must be provided by the student (*see below).  They can be rented at a minimal cost from Music Mart in Faribault. 

Basses (played standing up), cellos (held between the legs), and violas (held like a violin but with a lower sound) are provided by the school. 

Bass and cello students will be given one to keep at home while another will be available for them to use at school. 

*Students playing violin will need to rent a violin for lessons. Music Mart has violins they will rent and deliver for the first day of lessons.  Please contact the store directly at 1-800-882-2896 and they will deliver a violin so it will be here for the first class. Orchestra will start September 28th, so I ask that all students have the violin by then.

I always tell parents that renting an instrument for a younger player is a better option than buying. String instruments come in different sizes, so the instrument that fits in now, will be too small in just a few short years. If you would prefer to buy one though, just a word of caution, the instruments available for purchase on Ebay and other websites seem like a good deal, but they are poor instruments and often cost more to make them playable than the rent is from a music store. My recommendation is to never buy an instrument you haven’t seen, played and had a professional look at first, just like a car.

Area music stores with rental instruments:

Music Mart
550 Wilson Ave. Suite 102
Faribault, MN 55021 
(507) 409-9900
Store Hours: Monday 9:00 - 7:00, Tuesday - Friday 9:00 - 5:30, Saturday 9:00 - 4:00

Please call or email if you have any questions. Mr. Sloane 333-6674

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski