Orchestra

Contact Information
Nathan Rengstorf
rengstorfn@edmonds.wednet.edu
425-431-6577




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Orchestras at Meadowdale High!

Concert Orchestra: Only 9th graders. All orchestras focus on the fundamentals of tone, intonation, rhythm, ensemble, and musicality. Other skills addressed in this orchestra include upper positions, vibrato, and developing fluency in reading keys up to two flats and three sharps.

Symphony: 9th-12 graders. 9th graders by audition only. All orchestras focus on the fundamentals of tone, intonation, rhythm, ensemble, and musicality. Other skills addressed in this orchestra include upper positions including and beyond third position, refining vibrato, and developing fluency in reading keys beyond two flats and three sharps.

Chamber Orchestra: 10th-12th graders. By audition only. All orchestras focus on the fundamentals of tone, intonation, rhythm, ensemble, and musicality. Prerequisites for chamber orchestra include a solid pulse, meter, and pitch center, a strong sense of ensemble, the ability to read in any key, vibrato, and a fluency of bow. 

Practice Resources (will open in new window)
  • Metronome Online is my favorite free online metronome.  It also has an A for tuning.
  • Seventh String Tuner is chromatic tuner (responds to what you play) that requires you to run a Java Applet
  • The Chime Chromatic Tuner is a tone generating tuner that has custom buttons for each instrument.  The slider button labeled 'button' on the lower left will make the tones sustain.
  • Violin - Viola - Cello - String Bass
  • Violin Masterclass is the best quality and most organized series of online violin lessons.  This link goes straight to the 'masterclasses' section of teaching videos.
  • The Violin Site has another good series of teaching videos.  The top link on the left 'Learn to Play the Violin' is the place to go.  
  • Violin Online - Viola Online - Cello Online - String Bass Online - All of these sites  have useful and organized information such as fingering charts, technical information and free music.
  • String Skills is a resource site designed for orchestra classes which I use.  For students wanting more guidance, the tunes for shifting, one-string-songs (una-corda), crazy rhythm tunes, tunes in multiple keys and scale fingerings are worth looking at.