ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL CHAMBER STRINGS PERFORM IN AUSTRIA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!
St. Paul's String Orchestras
Founded in 1990 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Strings Program is composed of two performing ensembles, Chamber Strings and Middle School Strings.
Chamber Strings perform extensively throughout Mobile, AL and surrounding areas. In 2001 the ensemble opened the Field Studies International Choral Festival where they made their Carnegie Hall debut. The group realized their first international exposure in 2004 with a performance in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. In 2008/09 saw performances in London, England both at Westminster Central Hall and St. John’s Smith Square where they were described as: “Disciplined and dynamic, bringing an interpretation through choice of music, and a stage presence beyond that usually witnessed with this age.”
The group is comprised primarily of students ranging from age 14 – 18. Daily classes provide students with a thorough and challenging curriculum emphasizing preparation, concentration, imagination and teamwork as part of the highest level of music making.
Members of the group compete anually for positions with other groups such as Mobile Symphony's Youth Orchestra and the Alabama Allstate Orchestra Festival.
Middle School Strings Ensemble emphasizes teamwork, active listening skills, communication skills, and leadership as students work together to perform in a more individual context. Rehearsals give students a valuable context and framework for all the skills they develop while in the program. Featuring sectional rehearsals, technique classes, performance practice, music history and theory, students learn how every aspect of music frames their experiences as performers and interpreters of the music they play. Students meet in daily rehearsals of standard orchestral literature and new works. Students perform two formal concerts each school year as well as numerous performances related to school activities.