Dr. Robert Saunders, Director

The Sand Hills String Band is for intermediate to advanced instrumentalists with an interest in playing American, European, and other world fold and popular music. Adult and older youth members perform together, utilizing their creative abilities to create unique arrangements of the selected music. Membership is not limited to string instrumentalists, as the name of the ensemble might suggest, and all traditional acoustic folk instruments are welcome! Instrumentation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele
  • Penny Whistle
  • Accordion
  • Recorder

Come Join Us!

Multi-instrumentalists are welcome. Arrangements for the ensemble are created by the members with support and documentation by Dr. Robert Saunders. The group will prepare repertoire for several concerts throughout the year, each designed around a theme connecting the selections for each performance.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:30pm in the in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall which is located on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University.  

Rehearsal Dates:

Rehearsals start on Sunday, January 22nd

Concert Date:  

Sunday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m 

Semester Fee: $100

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Creative Strings Ensemble

Dr. Robert Saunders, Director

This ensemble is for students in seventh grade or older who play string instruments and have had at least three years of ensemble experience or private instruction.  

Instruments in this ensemble include:

Violin
Viola
Cello
Upright bass (acoustic bass guitar only if they don’t have an upright bass of their own. No electric)
Guitar
Mandolin

Creative Strings classes focus on developing various creative competencies in intermediate to advanced string instrument students. Designed to augment the learning and skills gained through participation in formal classical ensembles, the Creative Strings Ensemble engages youth in musical improvisation, arranging, and composition while learning to work collaboratively with their peers. 
 
Modern avenues of performance for strings players are boundless, requiring performers to explore music genres and performance techniques that build on skills learned in other settings. Students explore music together in a weekly rehearsal and learn to express themselves fluently on their instrument. 
 
This unique performance opportunity builds a foundation of musical and harmonic understanding necessary to become a well-rounded musician. Repertoire is selected based on the interests of the performers in the ensemble with guidance provided by a specialist in creative music making and performance practice.  
 
The Creative Strings Ensemble participates in two concerts a year along with the Sand Hills String Band, a multi-generational folk music ensemble. Students in Creative Strings are invited to participate in the String Band and will have combined pieces at each concert.  

Spring 2023 Schedule

Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall which is located on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University.  

Creative Skills Evaluation:

Please prepare the following:  
1. Two pieces of your choice - one classical and one non-classical selection
2. One scale of your choice
3. You will be asked to play short melodic patterns by ear

Rehearsal Dates:

Rehearsals start on Sunday, January 22nd

Concert Date:  

Sunday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m.

*Please note that in order to participate, attendance is mandatory for all of the rehearsals and the performance.

Semester Fee: $100

**Financial aid is available.  Please email consprog@augusta.edu for more information.

REGISTER FOR THE CREATIVE STRINGS ENSEMBLE

 

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