Course description

Preparatory Strings offers an exceptional opportunity for young musicians to develop their ensemble skills in a supportive environment. This is the entry-level ensemble for strings. Members with no prior orchestral experience will usually start in this group. The orchestra concentrates on basic orchestra skills. Participants should usually be between 7 - 12 years old and have a minimum of 2 years playing experience. 

- Ages 7-12 with 2 years experience on instrument

- Minimum RCM Grade 1 or complete Suzuki Book 1 level

- Student must be able to read music - sight reading is a regular component of rehearsals


Please note: An audition is required before registering for this ensemble. Please read below for audition information.

For more information, please contact us at orchestras@mtroyal.ca



This course is not currently open for registration. If you have any questions, please contact us at ceregservices@mtroyal.ca.

Auditions Information

Auditions for the 2024-2025 season are now open! Auditions will determine the ensemble placement for students as well as seating assignments based on age, ability, and experience. These decisions will be made by the panel and all decisions are final. Please ensure that you select repertoire and a scale which showcases your capabilities and current level. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Please read carefully below as there is important information.

All applicants must fill out the MRU Orchestras Audition Form and select a live audition time or submit a pre-recorded video audition as outlined in the audition requirements linked below. Auditions will take place between June 4 and June 13, 2024*. Please make sure to read all the information carefully and be sure you are aware of the audition requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding auditions, please contact Audition Assistant Aine Kay Sison at asiso421@mtroyal.ca for assistance.

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