String Orchestra Music 2024-2025


String Orchestra Music 2024-2025


Welcome Orchestra Directors


Prelude String Orchestra Series

Grade ½

Grade ½
      Base-six - Laura Estes
      Heroic - Christina Huss
      Breaking Free - Tyler Arcari

Da Capo String Orchestra Series

Grade 1

Grade 1
      Skye Boat Song - Caryn Wiegand Neidhold
      Strength and Honor - Sean O'Loughlin
      Emerald Sky - Larry Clark

Harmony String Orchestra Series

Grade 1½

Grade 1½
      A Silent Night in Scarborough - Tyler Arcari
      Champion's Banner - David Samuel
      Colorful Sunrise - Yukiko Nishimura
      Astral Dreams - Larry Clark

Intermezzo String Orchestra Series

Grades 2 to 2½

Grades 2-2½
      Attack of the Bow-barians! - Tyler Arcari
      Tessellations - Sean O'Loughlin
      Prominence - Larry Clark
      John Ryan's Polka - Caryn Wiegand Neidhold

Rhapsody String Orchestra Series

Grades 3 to 3½

Grades 3-3½
      The Koi Pond - Jeffrey Hart
      Dark Illumination - Sean O'Loughlin
      The First Noel - Yukiko Nishimura
      Race to the River's Edge - Alan Lee Silva

Maestro String Orchestra Series

Grades 4 & Up

Grades 4 & Up
      Spoon River - Tyler Arcari
      Orchid Fantasy - Yukiko Nishimura

Composers of New String Orchestra Music

This incredibly talented group of composers and arrangers represent a wide range of experience, musical style and identity. These composers, many of whom are music educators, are particularly sensitive to and passionate about the needs and educational aspirations of young musicians, furthering the mission of Excelcia Music Publishing.

Choose the Perfect Level for Your Ensemble

Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, our string orchestra music is meticulously edited and follows a strict six-part grading system reflected in our signature color-coded series. Each score, and its accompanying parts, are beautifully set for ease of reading. They include unique features to facilitate your rehearsals, like oversized time signatures in the scores and measure numbers at every measure on each part.

Grade .5

  • Playable by 1st year students with limited study
  • Uses only the first six notes of the D Major Scale
  • Moderate tempo and 4/4 time signatures
  • All sections have an opportunity to play the melody

Grade 1

  • Playable by 1st year groups
  • Keys of D and G; first position (Bass 3rd position); careful writing of low 2 for Violins and Violas while avoiding high 3
  • Introducing 2/4 and 3/4 time signatures with whole, half, quarter and eighth note patterns with no syncopation
  • Detache, pizzicato, staccato, legato and marcato bowings to expand your students' technique with the right hand

Grade 1.5

  • Playable by 2nd year musicians
  • Incorporates dotted quarter-notes and simple syncopated rhythms
  • Expanded right hand technique of 2-note slurs, hooked bows and adjacent string crossings
  • Open string double stops

Grades 2 to 2.5

  • Playable by 2nd and 3rd year groups
  • Introducing 6/8 time signatures
  • New key signatures including C, A, F and Bb
  • New positions for Violin, Cello and Bass
  • More complex rhythms and fingered double stops

Grades 3 to 3.5

  • Playable by advanced middle school and high school musicians
  • Exploring higher positions for all strings
  • Expanded literature for advancing programs

Grades 4 & Up

  • Playable by high school musicians
  • First Violins explore 5th position while second Violins and Violas move through 3rd position
  • Cellos expand to 4th position while the Bass section works through 5th position

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