Welcome to the Richmond Intermediate Orchestra Program

Excitement is brewing about our orchestra program!  I am thrilled and excited to work with our eager young musicians this year.  Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.

Students have on small group lesson for 30 minutes a week.  Lessons are scheduled by instrument type and include 2-5 students.

Our full orchestra rehearses once per week after school: 3:00 - 4:00 on either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoons.  

Two concerts per year: winter and spring.  There are also other performance opportunities and musical experiences at school.

What are the instruments of the string orchestra?


  1. Violin: smallest and highest pitch

  2. Viola:  looks similar to violin, but has a lower more mellow tone.

  3. Cello:  deeper sound than viola, played while seated between knees.

  4. Bass:  deepest and largest instrument of hate string family, played while standing.

How do I acquire an instrument?

You are encouraged to rent an instrument from an approved vendor.  They provide high quality instruments and repairs and broken strings are included in the rental fees.  Your child is still growing and may need to be fitted with a different instrument as time goes by.

Contacts:

What else is required financially?

besides the cost of the monthly instrument rental, there is a $40.00 orchestra participation fee paid with regular school fees at the beginning of the year.

Orchestra T-shirt is optional - cost is $10.00.  (Please make checks payable to Richmond Intermediate).  These are ordered at the beginning of each school year.

Concerts are Free!

How much should my child practice?

Practicing is essential for musical growth.  As students first being, they should be practicing 15-20 minutes, 5 days a week.


Are Afternoon Rehearsals required?

Yes!  Like participating on an athletic team, each individual member of the orchestra is essential.  Orchestra rehearsals are where students get to apply musically what they learn in their small group lessons.  Ultimately, these rehearsals prepare orchestra students for the public concerts they preform throughout the year.


Are students required to perform at the concerts?

Yes!  The concerts are what it all leads up to.  Performing is one of the greatest rewards of playing a musical instruments.


Are orchestra students graded?

Yes!  Orchestra students receive a grade which is included on their school report card.  Students are assessed on basic playing fundamentals as well as responsibility (coming to lessons, preparation, etc.)


Who do I contact with questions?

                                                                                Mrs. Erin Zomchek

                                                                            Erin.Zomchek@d303.org

                                                                                 Mrs. Lori Rollins

                                                                             Lori.Rollins@d303.org