Before the opening of the Creative Arts Design Center (CADC), both strings and choir shared a room in the ASIJ Theater. Those days are past as our strings groups now have a dedicated room in the CADC.
With large skylights and white walls, this naturally-lit space was designed with strings in mind. Students now have areas specifically devoted to and created for instruments from large cellos to small violins. Supply storage is also available for items such as strings, rosin and tuners.
The CADC strings room is designed to cater to the sound of stringed instruments. The Bender Plaza also allows for some beautiful acoustics, and students occasionally change their practice venue.
In the new strings room, our ensembles are currently preparing for an active program of concerts scheduled throughout the school year. The four main ensembles are High School Advanced Strings, Middle School String Ensemble, Strings and the Elementary School After-School String Ensemble. In total, there are more than 85 musicians playing violins, violas, cellos and the string bass.
String groups provide an educational experience and musical outlet for students who wish to remain musically active by performing standards of symphonic literature and are open to any student with previous experience playing a string instrument in a formal ensemble. In addition to performing on a string instrument, students have the opportunity to share their favorite symphonic excerpt as an in-class presentation and will receive a critique of a live concert performance by the end of the semester. (Milton Crotts, Strings Teacher)