Founded in 2014, the SummerStrings! RockFest gives elementary, middle and high school students who study orchestral stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass) the opportunity to play rock, blues, fiddling and improvisatory styles of music in a fun, social setting. The Festival orchestras meet for 8 evening rehearsals at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sea Cliff and present a free concert on July 31 alongside teen and adult string teachers and a professional rhythm section. SummerStrings! keeps kids playing music over the summer in a creative performing arts program while allowing the flexibility to enjoy other activities during the day.
STRINGERS is a fun performing group for elementary school orchestra students who have completed 1-3 years of training on their instruments through NYSSMA level 2. This group plays upbeat music that incorporates rock, fiddling and improvisation. This season, the Stringers will be performing music by Queen, the Verve and others with a professional rhythm section and selected vocalists. Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the recreation hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church beginning Monday, July 1. Conductor/teacher: Matthew Schneider and festival teachers.
ROCKESTRA is our most advanced string orchestra that plays rock music with a professional rhythm section and selected vocalists. This group is for students who are currently performing at NYSSMA levels 3-6. This season, the Rockestra will be playing music by Queen, the Verve, U2, the Eagles and other artists. Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:50 pm in the recreation hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church beginning Monday, July 1. Conductor/teacher: Matthew Schneider and festival teachers.