The Strings Programme at Churchie spans from Year 3 to Year 12.
Year 3 Students all learn an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass) for the duration of the year, and each class forms a balanced string ensemble. The programme is a unique three-pronged experience whereby students experience the same language and repertoire in each of their three music lessons a week – strings, classroom and choir.
The Year 4 String Club is an ensemble for new students and students continuing on from the Year 3 Strings Programme. In 2015, Churchie supplied the instruments for Year 4 students, and encouraged them to take lessons in pairs.
As part of the Year 5 Instrumental Immersion Programme, continuing students are challenged with a course of improvisation and traditional fiddle techniques, whilst students who want to begin or return to strings are also catered for. All students combine for performances to form the Year 5 Fiddlers.
Once students in the Prep School are confident and comfortable on their instrument, they are invited to join the Prep Strings, who perform throughout the year at events such as the Prep Easter Service and Prep Final Assembly.
In the Senior School, there are core and extension ensembles, and membership is determined by annual audition. The Intermediate Strings consists primarily of students in Years 7 to 9. They experience a wide range of musical styles. The Senior Strings hone their ensemble skills and are the premier string ensemble in the School. These two ensembles combine to work on larger pieces throughout the year.
The Symphony Orchestra is an extension ensemble that allows students to work with their woodwind, brass and percussion playing peers. String Quartets are also formed from the core ensembles and perform regularly both at school events and external functions.