Prelude Orchestra is for early-intermediate string players, grades 5 through 9. Their repertoire includes works composed specifically for strings, including Baroque concertos, contemporary pieces, settings of folk songs, and classic orchestral works arranged for young players, with the emphasis on standard symphonic works by master composers. EYSO has commissioned new music for Prelude by composers Carrie Lane Gruselle, Ethan Parcell, and others.
Besides great repertoire, Prelude focuses on musical independence, refining string technique, critical thinking, developing practice habits, and deeper listening.
In 2019-20, Prelude will have a new conductor! Daryl Silberman, our longtime (and beloved) Primo conductor will assume that role. Ms. Silberman, a freelance violinist and violist and former member of the Salem (OR) Chamber Orchestra, is also a recognized specialist in contemporary and jazz styles. She currently teaches at Waubonsie Valley High School (District 204) in Aurora.
Prelude rehearses Sundays 4:30—6:00pm.
Performs at the 2:00pm concert in November, March, and May.