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.

An Invitation to Join Tucson Junior Strings!!!

Tucson Junior Strings is starting the 2022 FALL semester on 17 September!!!!

We have six levels of string orchestra for students from age 8 through 18. These levels start from basic playing ability and progress up to professional level. Levels are as follows:

Saturday Rehearsal Groups
Start date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
Sinfonia 3
– be able to play and count whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and know the note names on your staff
Sinfonia 2 – be able to play and count sixteenth notes and dotted quarter notes
Sinfonia 1violins be able to play sixteenth notes in 3rd position, violas be able to play eighth notes in third position, ‘cellos be able to play sixteenth notes in fourth position, basses be able to play eighth notes in the first three positions
Junior Chamber (8th grade and below) – violins be able to play sixteenth notes in fifth position and vibrato, violas be able to play eighth notes in fifth position and vibrato, ‘cellos be able to play thumb position and tenor clef and vibrato, basses be able to play eighth notes through the first five positions and vibrato. Junior Chamber requires an audition for placement of members.

The above orchestras meet on Saturdays starting on 17 September, 2022.
This semester we are combining the Eastside and the Northwest programs, meeting at a central location:
FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH – 201 North Columbus.

Weeknight Rehearsal Groups

Chamber I and Chamber are combined this semester (8th grade and above) – New members only accepted by audition. Starts Monday, 19 September at First Brethren Church, 201 North Columbus Blvd.
If you are interested in joining TJS, please e-mail Mrs. Bourret (Mrs. B), interim personnel manager, at
abourret1113@gmail.com.

Auditions for Junior Chamber & Chamber II will take place on Saturday, 3 September, prior to the start of the semester for new TJS members.

The only requirement for membership is that the student must be participating in their school orchestra if the school offers this class.

Tuition for TJS is as follows: Sinfonia 3 - $205.; Sinfonia 2 - $210.; Sinfonia 1 - $215.; Junior Chamber $220.; Chamber II - $240.; and Chamber I - $260..
Financial aid and time payments are available on a need basis.

TUITION

 

Sinfonia 3
Sinfonia 2
Sinfonia 1
Junior Chamber
Chamber II
 Chamber I
$205/semester
$210/semester
$215/semester
$220/semester
$240/semester
$260/semester

Partial financial assistance is available on a need basis. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa Mastercard, American Express, Pay Pal), check or cash. Tuitions must be paid in full before the final week of the semester or a student may not register for the next semester.

There is also a family pledge of $75.00 in lieu of soliciting yearbook advertising. Additional donations may also be made through United Way by designating Tucson Junior Strings as the receiver of your donations..


ORCHESTRAS

Please see the audition requirements for each orchestra

Rehearsals for the Sinfonia orchestras and Junior Chamber are held on Saturday mornings at
First Church of the Brethren
201 North Columbus Boulevard
(two blocks north of Broadway on the west side of the street)

Rehearsal times

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

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

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

Chamber
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: 6:45
full rehearsal - 7:00 to 8:00 pm
sectionals - 8:15 to 9:15 pm
 
 

 

Dennis R. Bourret, Director

TJS BOARD of Directors

Peter Norquest
Wesley Hunter
Mi Jin Kim-Ley
Shana Burgos-Destephanis

Mary Wilson, Legal Advisor

SECTIONAL ASSISTANTS
Angelica Alvarado-Wells, violin/viola
Maree Archuleta, violin
Jackson Bailey, violin/viola
Amanda Hartley, viola
Alisha Nichols, bass
Rose Todaro, violin
Stephen Warner, cello/bass
 

 

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

 

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