Community Music School

WIU Community Music School — String Orchestras

Mr. Hermes Mejia, director

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 high school—aged students.

Our program has two orchestras —

CMS Youth String Ensemble — a group 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)


Saturdays, 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Browne Hall, room 129.

CMS Chamber Orchestra — a group for advanced string players that performs challenging repertoire.

This orchestra is open to all ages of interested, skilled string players.

Rehearsals TBD

String Placement auditions for both orchestras will be on TBA.

Youth String Ensemble — Students auditioning for should come prepared to play D, G, and C major scales as well as a prepared piece/solo.

CMS Chamber Orchestra – interested participants should prepare a solo (grade 3 or above) along with several scales that demonstrate comfortable shifting skills and vibrato.

For more information

Contact Mr. Mejia for an audition time or for more information. Email: