Community Music School

WIU Community Music School — Youth String Orchestras

The string orchestra program at WIU Community Music School promotes musical growth and artistic performance of quality literature that develops all aspects of string playing. The program is designed to provide an ensemble experience for elementary through junior high school-aged students.

This string group is for younger students who are developing music reading and performing skills on violin, viola, cello or string bass. (students in this orchestra are able to read music from a level 2 traditional string method)

Director - José Santana santana

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Mr. Santana has worked with several youth orchestras from a young age. In his country he occupied the position of Associate Conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Santo Domingo and Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra. While pursuing his bachelor degree in Music Education at Utah State University, he organized several student lead concerts. Conjointly he worked as Assistant Conductor of the Cache Symphony Orchestra for their 2013-2014 season. He is the former Orchestra Director of the Huron School District 2-2 of Huron, SD. There, he taught 4-12 grade and worked District wide for four different schools. Currently, he is pursuing a Master degree in Orchestral Conducting at Western Illinois University.


Time and Place: 11:30-1:00 PM, Browne Hall, room 129

String Placement Auditions

Placement auditions will take place on Saturday, August 26 from 11:00-1:30 in Browne hall room 129. Musicians should be prepared to play at least one octave major scales for D, C and two octave G along with a prepared solo or etude. There will also be a short sight reading example.

To register online for CMS Youth String Orchestra 2017 Placement auditions

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Semester registrations - $90

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All checks made out to "WIU Community Music School"

For more information, contact

Richard Cangro, CMS Director
Phone: (309) 298-3114