3rd and 4th grade students who reside in Williston are invited to join this brand new orchestral program! This program is for students who wish to learn violin, viola, or cello. Students will learn these instruments in a group setting. No musical experience is needed to join the 3rd and 4th grade orchestra. Students do not need to reside in Williston or attend Williston Central School, and they can be home schooled: it's open to everyone!
The first half of the year will be devoted to students becoming comfortable with playing their chosen instruments by focusing on technique and musicianship. After the holiday break in December, we will continue working to improve playing skills while beginning to work on orchestral music for our end of the year concert!
Students should plan to practice 3-5 days per week for approximately 10-15 minutes each day. This is so that the ensemble as a whole can continue to move forward with new material each week. We will discuss how to practice at the first rehearsal but if you wish to have more information before then, please feel free to email me.
Vermont Violins is offering discounted rental instruments for students whose parents reserve an instrument by June 30, 2020. Please call Vermont Violins at (802) 862-0349 and let Kathy know you want to get the discounted rates for Williston Kids Community Orchestra.
Registration will begin June 1, 2020 on this page. After registering, a Square Invoice will be sent to the parent / guardian's email address listed on the registration form. Registration will run from June 1, 2020 to August 28, 2020. In order for the program to proceed, I need a minimum of 12 students registered to participate. Please register as soon as you feel you are able to commit to the program. Invoices will not be sent until there is confirmation that schools will resume in-person instruction so please feel free to register without worrying about payment needing to be made immediately. If you are having financial hardship but want to enroll your child, please email me and we can work out a payment plan / reduced payment schedule. I am also offering discounts to families who enroll more than one child. Please email me about your situation prior to registering.
The cost of the program is discounted if payment is made in full. The price for the year (September through May) is $375. If you choose to pay in 3 installments, each installment is $145. The initial (or full payment for those wanting to take advantage of the discount) will be due by August 24. The 2nd installment will be due by September 21 and the 3rd installment will be due October 26. There are no refunds except in the event I am unable to continue the program. In such case, families will receive a partial refund.
Should schools close temporarily due to a possible resurgence of COVID-19, the program will continue online.
Students will be expected to be picked up promptly at the end of each rehearsal. There will be no child care offered with this program. Students who are not picked up by 4:35p will be subject to a $5 fee for every 5 minutes late that parents / guardians pick up their child(ren).
Information sessions were offered mid-May. If you missed them or have questions about the differences between the instruments offered, please feel free to email me and we can arrange a short video session. You can also visit the orchestra's Facebook page by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
This program is being privately run by me, Sharon Waxman. I am not being offered employment by Champlain Valley School District to run this program and so there will be registration fees associated with registering for the 3rd and 4th grade orchestra program.
Dates: Thursdays beginning September 2020, (exact date TBD) through May 2021
Location: Williston Central School Band Room
Program Fee: $375 if paid in full or in 3 installments of $145 each
You will receive an invoice once I am sure our orchestra program will run. Initial payment must be made online. If selecting to pay in installments, subsequent payments may be made by your child bringing a check to their orchestra rehearsal, or paying online.
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