The string ensembles at St. Joseph’s meet twice a week and allow our students the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument of their choice – violin, viola, cello, or bass – or grow in their already acquired skill while in a group setting. Throughout Middle School, students work through method books, starting with the fundamentals of both their instrument and music and gradually add grade appropriate ensemble literature that is suitable for concerts at the end of each semester. Students in our high school ensemble meet four times each week and learn repertoire consisting of a wide range of musical styles: classical, folk, dance, pop, and sacred. This ensemble builds on
the playing skills developed throughout middle school, and students are both encouraged and expected to develop a higher caliber of playing, as well as form a deeper appreciation for music itself.