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2020-2021 Beginning String Meetings

Parents and current 5th grade students may attend a meeting at ANY school that is most convenient for them.

February 4, 2020, Tuesday, 6:30 pm - South Middle School
February 10, 2020, Monday, 6:30 pm - South Middle School
February 13, 2020, Thursday, 6:30 pm - DeLong Middle School
February 25, 2020, Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Northstar Middle School


Summer Orchestra Schedule

2020 Summer Lesson Schedule

6th Grade Summer Orchestra Dates:

Link to registration: 6th GRADE ONLINE REGISTRATION
Lesson days: 
**Updated Dates due to COVID 19**
July 27, 28, 29, 30
August 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20
-We will be meeting via Microsoft Teams. 
-You will receive  a Confirmation Letter through the mail verifying your child's instrument assignment and class time.  If you would like a instrument/class time change, please contact a teacher (contact info below). 
-More information about instrument rentals and required classroom supplies will be given out during summer.  Please wait to rent an instrument until early July! 
-Due to COVID-19, Summer Orchestra dates have been changed.  Below is the UPDATED class times.  
Time South/DeLong
8:00 am-9:00 am  Cello
9:00 am-10:00 am  Violin
10:00 am-11:00 am  Violin
11:00 am- 12:00 pm  
12:00 pm-1:00 pm   Violin
1:00 pm-2:00 pm  Violin
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Cello
3:00 pm-3:30 pm Make-ups

Please contact Ms. Moua or Ms. Pierce-Smit with questions/concerns.
Ms. Pierce-Smit
South and Memorial
Rose Moua
South and DeLong

7th & 8th Grade/High School Summer Orchestra Dates:

**Due to COVID-19, Summer Orchestra dates have been changed.  Below is the UPDATED class times.**  
August 11, 12, 18, 19
Time South
8:00-9:00   Cello 7
9:00-10:00   Violin 7
10:00-11:00  Violin 7
11:00-12:00 Viola 7
12:30-1:30 Bass 7
1:30-2:30 Violin/Viola 8
2:30-3:30 Cello/Bass 8

High School Summer Orchestra Schedule

**Due to COVID-19, Summer Orchestra dates have been changed.  Below is the UPDATED class times.**
Time July 20  July 21, 22, 23 July 24
8:00-9:00  Violin A
 ** Individually
lessons with

Violin A
9:00-10:00 Violin B Violin B
10:00-11:00  Violin C Violin C
11:00-12:00 Viola Viola
1:00-2:00 Cello Cello
2:00-3:00 Bass Bass

Please contact Soma Pierce-Smit with any questions regarding summer Orchestra
Soma Pierce-Smit
Summer Orchestra Coordinator


Beginning Orchestra

 Welcome to ECASD Orchestra!

What is Orchestra?
Middle School Orchestra is a place for students of all abilities who want to play violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp. We play classical music, movie soundtracks, fiddle tunes, folk songs, multicultural music, blues, jazz, and rock. If you love the sound of strings and want to learn a variety of music, join orchestra!
How do I join?
When you register for 6th grade, choose “Orchestra” as your music elective. If you are registered for the wrong music class, please contact the school you will be attending next year.
  • DeLong: 715-852-4903
  • Northstar: 715-852-5102
  • South: 715-852-5202
If you were able to attend one of our beginner meetings, please turn in the paper registration form or complete the online registration form below.
If you missed our beginner meetings, please contact your orchestra teacher for more information.

What happens next?
  • We will be contacting you if we cannot accommodate your first choice of instrument or summer lesson time. Otherwise, assume that you will have your first choice!
  • In March and April, check out your renting and purchasing options at recommended music stores.
  • In May, rent or purchase an instrument. (See below for locations.)
  • In June or July, come to summer lessons if you have NO experience or very little! Almost all orchestra students will be at summer lessons.
  • School instruments will be checked out at the start of summer lessons to families with financial need.

Orchestra Instrument Choices
Violin: Smallest instrument, highest sound, most familiar, also called fiddle. We need lots of violin players!
Viola: Looks like a violin, but sounds lower. Small and easy to carry.
Cello: Low sound, mellow tone. More expensive to rent.
Bass: Lowest sound, most versatile. Very large! Limited instruments available.
Harp: Very limited instruments available, must take private lessons.
Where to get an instrument:

Local businesses:
Eisenbarth         715-838-0988  http://eisenbarthviolin.com/Rental%20Program.dwt.asp
Eckroth Music   715-514-3139  www.eckroth.com/t-eauclaire.aspx
Offbeats Violins 715-579-3016 http://www.offbeatsviolinstudio.com/sales-and-rentals.html
Schmitt Music    715-832-5564 https://www.schmittmusic.com/stores/eau-claire/

Online businesses:
Johnson String Instrument https://www.johnsonstring.com/
Shar Music http://www.sharmusic.com/
Southwest Strings http://www.swstrings.com/
Stringworks http://www.stringworks.com/