FCSSO started out as one orchestra in 2009 with 50 students.  It has since grown to three levels of orchestras in two different locations with over 200 students!  We welcome you to join in the fun!

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Beginner Orchestra
This orchestra is appropriate for any students finishing the 4th, 5th or 6th grade (1-3 years experience). The repertoire consists of level 1 pieces that will reinforce and strengthen concepts taught in a typical elementary school string curriculum in the Fairfield County area.

6th graders who have been studying privately and/or are more advanced may want to consider trying the Intermediate Orchestra.

Younger students who have 1-3 years of playing experience are always welcome!

Intermediate Orchestra

The Intermediate Orchestra is appropriate for students that have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (3, 4, or 5 years experience). This orchestra will reinforce and strengthen skills learned in a typical middle school curriculum taught in the Fairfield County area. The orchestra will perform repertoire between level 2 and 3.

6th graders may want to consider asking their teacher whether the middle or elementary group is appropriate for them. For a 6th grader, this group is intended for players with three years of experience that are above the average level of performance standard for their age. They should preferably have been studying privately and already have a grasp of 7th and 8th grade concepts.

Advanced 8th graders who have been studying privately may want to consider the advanced orchestra.


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Advanced Orchestra

This orchestra is appropriate for high school students who have been playing for at least 5 years.  The repertoire will be mostly original, un-arranged pieces at level 4 and 5.

Freshmen and sophomores may also want to consider the Intermediate Orchestra if they do not consider themselves to be advanced players.