Danica Ahedo, conductor
Preparatory Strings, ASYO’s youngest ensemble, develops skillful music reading ability – fluid note recognition, rhythmic coordination, and basic instrumental technique. Young musicians will build foundational skills necessary to play a broader variety of repertoire. Participating students must have at least one semester of experience with a school string ensemble.
The rehearsal time is evenly spit: a 45-minute sectional coaching with Amarillo Symphony musicians and other area educators, and a 45-minute string orchestra rehearsal with conductor, Danica Ahedo. Students also get a 15-minute break between rehearsals where they get to socialize with friends and enjoy a snack provided by the Amarillo Symphony.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday afternoons (through the academic year) from 4:30-6:15 p.m. at the Amarillo College Music Building, Washington campus. For specifics, please view the 2016-2017 Preparatory Strings Rehearsal Schedule (link below).
Member musicians are expected to be active in the school instrumental music program that coincides with their focus in ASYO. We wish to enhance, not replace, school programs. Please view the Required Signatures form.
NO AUDITION IS NECESSARY FOR MUSICIANS WISHING TO JOIN THE PREPARATORY STRINGS.
Those participating in the Preparatory Strings must have at least one semester of experience playing with a school string ensemble.