The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students from elementary school through the 8th grade and is a string only ensemble. This group performs throughout the community at a variety of events. This is an audition only ensemble.
Christine Banda Banks is conductor of the AYS Chamber Group and viola specialist with AYS. Ms. Banks graduated with a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and continued her viola studies at North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently a freelance musician and has appeared on stage with headliners such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Peter Cetera, Mannheim Steamroller, Clay Aiken, Johnny Mathis, Moody Blues and Rod Stewart. Ms. Banks has performed in numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute and the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria. In addition, Christine has played as extra violist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and toured throughout the United States as principal violist with the National Broadway Production of ‘Miss Saigon’. She has been on the faculty of Davidson College, SIUE, and Northern Arizona University.
Ms. Banks recently left the Hazelwood School District after teaching 16 years in both elementary and middle schools. She is currently principal violist with the Salem Chamber Orchestra, performs with Winter Opera, The Bach Society and Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. Ms. Banks also is an adjunct professor at SLU.