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Civic Chamber Strings
Directed by Lynne Tobin

An advanced string orchestra open to instrumentalists of violin, viola, cello and bass, members must possess solid technical and music reading skills. Typical members will have studied a minimum of three years, have a private instructor and participate in performances at school, church or other community ensembles. The semester ends with a free concert open to the public.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm, Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City

Fall Semester: September 22 - December 1


Tuesday, December 1
City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City
Free Admission


Civic Prelude Strings

Directed by Lynne Tobin


Prelude Strings members should have at least one year of instruction and have been introduced to note-reading prior to joining. This ensemble may also be a great entry point for adult beginners or those who have been away from their instruments for a number of years.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 pm, Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City

Fall Semester: September 22 - December 1


Tuesday, December 1
City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City
Free Admission

Chamber Music Program
Directed by Steven K. Leonard

Returning for the second year is a chamber music program open to all Prelude and Chamber members as well as other interested amateur string musicians. Each musician will rehearse and be coached by TSO Associate Concertmaster Steven K. Leonard in a small group before or after the regular Civic rehearsal. The semester will finish with an informal chamber music concert.

Civic Prelude and Chamber Ensemble Audition Information

Auditions for Chamber and Prelude Strings will be held Tuesday, September 15, 4:30-7p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Players may prepare a scale and piece of music (approximately 1 page) that best demonstrates their current level of playing.

Please call the Symphony office at 231-947-7120 or e-mail Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager Kelsey Lauer at for more information on joining the Civic program or to schedule an audition.

Returning members do not need to audition unless interested in moving from Prelude Strings to Chamber Strings, second violin to first violins within the same section, or auditioning for a principal section chair.

Registration, Tuition and Scholarships

Civic Chamber Strings & Civic Prelude Strings tuition runs $125/semester or $250/year. The cost of the Chamber music program is $50/semester. Tuition fees cover part of the costs of facility rental, purchasing music, professional coaching and other Civic-related costs. Tuition is due by Wednesday, October 21 to continue in the program unless other arrangements have been made. 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to students who apply and demonstrate a financial need to assist with tuition for Chamber Strings and Prelude Strings. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form and e-mail it to or mail it to 300 E. Front St., Ste. 230, Traverse City, MI 49684. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 semester is Wednesday, October 21. It is not necessary to submit new paperwork for the scholarship during the winter semester, but it is necessary to notify the TSO office if you will need the scholarship to continue for the winter semester.

Tuition is payable online, with a check payable to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, cash, or over the phone with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

Useful Links

Click here to download the fall registration form

Click here to download the scholarship application

Pay tuition online

Download Sales Sheet

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Education programs made possible in part by grants from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Oleson Foundation, and the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation.