String Song Orchestra (SSO)


The String Sound Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for novice and intermediate musicians to gain experience playing with an ensemble, to gain in confidence with public performance, and to make some great friends. We hope you will consider joining us!

The group consists of a variety of string instruments like violin, cello, mandolin, guitar and bass, but we have also included wind, brass and percussion instruments. Music is varied, including classical, sacred, standards, international, bluegrass, jazz and pop.

The String Sound Orchestra rehearses approximately every three weeks from September through June, a total of ten times, with the goal of performing in public three or four times during our season. Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Rochester Regional Design Center, 1115 East Main Street in Rochester. (at the corner of Goodman Street) Here is the map.

There is an annual membership fee of $100. ($50 for those 21 years and under) The fee can be paid in one lump sum, or in smaller payments. Those starting later in the season can pro-rate the fee in $25 increments. We feel this is an excellent deal for the amount of instruction and experience that we receive. The fee, payable to “Friends of Music Through the Ages” may be sent to Ms. Joni Monroe, 30 Upton Park, Rochester NY 14607.

Steve Greene, a well-known jazz guitarist in the Rochester area, directs the group. Check out Steve’s web page. SSO rehearsals include learning specific performance repertoire, as well as opportunities to improvise and learn some music theory. Sheet music is provided to all participants, with an effort to supply the parts specific to each instrument.

Here are some samples from the repertoire:

Ashgrove (MP3)
What’ll I Do? (MP3)
Wipeout (MP3)

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