Prep String and Training Orchestras

The Kalamazoo Prep String Orchestra (PSO) was established in 1980 and is made up of two string groups: Prep Strings Concert Orchestra and Prep Strings Symphonic Strings. Under the direction of Audrey Lipsey, students in these intermediate string orchestras work on building repertoire and orchestral playing skills. The PSO promotes interest and nurtures future participation in both KJSO and area music education programs. Membership in the PSO is through audition in the spring. The orchestras meets once weekly during the school year for a one and one-half hour rehearsal and presents two concerts per year.

Established in 1992 for elementary string students, the Kalamazoo Training Orchestra (KTO) fosters confidence and enthusiasm for fine music through a series of comprehensive skill building sessions. The KTO program is carefully designed to encompass the special needs of at-risk students by providing the solid foundation and support system necessary for successful participation at more advanced levels of participation. KTO students are recommended to the orchestra by area private and school music educators. Students receive a one-hour music skills training session per week.

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