about TJS


TUCSON JUNIOR STRINGS is an orchestral training program for young string players ranging from those who have played a minimum of one year through seniors in high school and who can also read music. As chamber string ensembles of violins, violas, cellos and basses, the orchestras are trained to perform without a conductor. The music, selected to match the ability of each orchestra, varies from baroque to contemporary.

What does TJS offer

1Training in ensemble playing through musicianship classes, individual coaching and orchestral playing in a chamber music style.
 

2Six levels of orchestra organized with a progressive system of technical requirements. From the inception into the program beginning with Sinfonia 3, all members will participate in full rehearsal plus sectional rehearsal.
 

3Three chamber orchestras do guest appearances in the community. Chamber I, the touring orchestra, takes a seven- to eight-day tour each spring. 
 

4Each orchestra meets once per week and performs in a TJS concert at the conclusion of the 12-week session.

Benefits of Joining TJS

Leadership Skills
One of the main benefits of TJS is that it encourages individual responsibility. All TJS orchestras learn to play without a conductor. During the first five or six weeks Mr. Bourret conducts the orchestras through rehearsal, however, as soon as the music has been “learned”, each orchestra is taught to play the selections without a conductor and the leaders are the first chairs of each section.

There is also no assigned seating within the first three orchestras (Sinfonias 3, 2, and 1) and each player is encouraged to sit as “first chair” to lead their section — and in the case of first chair first violin, to lead the orchestra. Because each violinist must meet the same technical requirement, there is no assigned first or second violin section. Every violin player plays a first violin and a second violin selection. Even the violas and cellos get the opportunity to lead the orchestra as well as their section when their section starts a piece! 

An Incentive 
Because TJS is structured according to technical ability rather than by age or grade, and because players have to learn certain technical skills on their instrument in order to pass from one orchestra to the next, there is an incentive to learn — by working hard in their school orchestra program and learning those skills offered by their school orchestra director and if their family has the means to do so, by taking private lessons and working with a teacher to learn the new skills needed to meet the technical requirements of the next orchestra. 

Processing Skills 
A benefit from studying music which helps in all fields (and, incidentally, is fast becoming a feature looked for by employers and college recruiters) is the processing skills which come about from learning to practice a musical instrument. 

Tours 
TJS tours are working tours — they serve the purpose of teaching our members how to react to playing under different circumstances (different stages, very small audiences and packed houses, playing out-of-doors, climate changes, tight schedules, etc.).

Another aspect of touring was added several years ago. When we visit a large city, we arrange with well-known orchestral performers and/or college strings faculty to have a coaching session. The added information the Chamber I members receive in this manner assists them in furthering their study of their instrument and orchestral training.

Tour also gives each orchestra a chance to perform their program several times in succession therefore providing the opportunity of gaining a performance edge — and, besides that, they are fun!!

TUITION

 

Sinfonia 3
Sinfonia 2
Sinfonia 1
Junior Chamber
Chamber II
 Chamber I
$180/semester
$185/semester
$190/semester
$205/semester
$215/semester
$260/semester

Partial financial assistance is available on a need basis and a deferred payment plan is also available. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa and Mastercard only), debit card, check or cash.

There is also a yearly pledge by each TJS family which may be fulfilled either by personal donation or by solicitation of businesses for advertising. This donation is waived if a family solicits an ad for the yearbook. Information about how to solicit an ad for the yearbook is distributed to each family at the beginning of the spring semester.


EASTSIDE TJS

Please see the audition requirements for each orchestra
More information about the Eastside TJS 

Rehearsals for the Sinfonia orchestras and Junior Chamber are held on Saturday mornings at
Abounding Grace Church
2450 South Kolb Road
(between 22nd and Golf Links on the west side of the Road)

Rehearsal times

Eastside Sinfonia 3
tuning at 7:50
full rehearsal - 8:00 to 8:30
sectionals - 8:30 to 9:00

Eastside Sinfonia 2
tuning at 8:15
full rehearsal - 8:30 to 9:15
sectionals - 9:15 to 9:45

Eastside Sinfonia 1
tuning at 9:00
full rehearsal - 9:15 to 10:00
sectionals - 10:00 to 10:45

Junior Chamber
tuning at 9:45
full rehearsal 10:00 to 11:00
sectionals - 11:00 to 11:45
Junior Chamber parents, PLEASE pick up your child BEFORE 12 Noon
as staff must leave location to drive to the northwest rehearsal location AND get lunch.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Eastside Chamber II
PLEASE NOTE:   In order to participate in this orchestra you MUST be 8th grade or above, and meet certain technical requirements (please check TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for each orchestra)
First Church of the Brethren
201 North Columbus Boulevard
(two blocks north of Broadway on the west side of the street)
rehearses on Tuesday evenings
tuning: 6:50
full rehearsal - 7:00 to 8:10
sectionals - 8:15 to 9:15

Chamber I
PLEASE NOTE:   In order to participate in this orchestra you MUST be 8th grade or above, and meet certain technical requirements (please check TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for each orchestra)
First Church of the Brethren

201 North Columbus Boulevard
(two blocks north of Broadway on the west side of the street)
rehearses on Monday evenings
tuning: 6:50
full rehearsal - 7:00 to 8:10
sectionals - 8:15 to 9:15
 

NORTHWEST TJS


The Northwest TJS is comprised of Sinfonia 3, Sinfonia 2 and Sinfonia 1, and Chamber II orchestras.
Junior Chamber rehearses only at Lutheran Church of the King and Chamber I rehearses only at First Church of the Brethren.

Please see the audition requirements for each orchestra
More information about the Northwest TJS 

Rehearsals for NW Sinfonia 3, NW Sinfonia 2 and NW Sinfonia 1 are held on Saturday afternoons at
Community of Christ Church
1111 West Ina

Rehearsal times

Northwest Sinfonia 3
tuning at 12:50
full rehearsal - 1:00 to 1:30
sectionals - 1:30 to 2:00

Northwest Sinfonia 2
tuning at 1:15
full rehearsal - 1:30 to 2:15
sectionals - 2:15 to 2:45

Northwest Sinfonia 1
tuning at 2:00
full rehearsal - 2:15 to 3:00
sectionals - 3:00 to 3:45
Northwest Sinfonia 1 parents, PLEASE pick up your child BEFORE 4:00
We must leave the premises by 4:00 to get to our next appointment.
Thank you for your cooperation.
 

Northwest Chamber II
PLEASE NOTE:   In order to participate in this orchestra you MUST be 8th grade or above, and meet certain technical requirements (please check TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for each orchestra)
rehearses on Thursday evenings
tuning: 6:50
full rehearsal - 7:00 to 8:10
sectionals - 8:15 to 9:15

 

Dennis R. Bourret, Director
Andrea Jameson, Assistant Director
Anna M. Bourret, Assistant to the Director

TJS BOARD of Directors
Dennis Bourret, Director
Cristina Weibel, Chairperson
Peter Norquest, Vice Chairperson
Cathleen Dooley, Treasurer
Steve Salajko, Secretary

TJS BOARD MEMBERS
Dennis Bourret
Jody and John Carver
Tina Cioca
Cathleen Dooley
Jane and John King
Peter Norquest
Cristina and Steve Weibel
Steve Salajko
Angela and John Swewczyk

SECTIONAL ASSISTANTS
Sinfonias and Junior Chamber
Andrew Almodova - cello/bass
Stephen Warner - cello/bass
Adie Cannon - viola/violin
Angelica Alvarado-Wells - viola/violin
Jackson Bailey - viola/violin
Maree Archuleta - violin/viola

Chamber II
Rose Todaro - violin
Amanda Hartley - viola
Andrea Jameson - violin/ viola
Andrew Almodova - cello/bass
Stephen Warner - cello/bass

Chamber I
David Rife - violin
Wynne Rife - violin
Dennis Bourret - viola
Anne Gratz - cello
Alisha Nichols - bass

 

 

Tucson Junior Strings 
Dennis Bourret, Director
6426 East Eli Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710-8741
Telephone (520) 465-1334
e-mail: dbourret@cox.net 

 

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