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String Sinfonietta

WCMS's new String Sinfonietta is ideal for intermediate level string players who are looking for an orchestral experience to supplement their school orchestra or string program. This ensemble has a nurturing environment to encourage students to achieve new levels in their playing while connecting musical peers from Winchester and the surrounding towns such as Medford, Stoneham, Woburn, Arlington, Burlington, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, and beyond. Participants will perform a range of string orchestra repertoire. Concerts for family and friends are held in January and June, along with one outreach performance for the community in the spring.

Guidelines for Entrance: Students should be in the process of developing a beautiful sound, including comfortable use of vibrato, first through third positions, and fundamental bow strokes with varied articulations. Ideally, students should be playing repertoire equivalent to Suzuki Book 4 or ASTA grades 2-3. Auditions are held in August for the fall semester (see below for details). Students who are interested in joining mid-year should submit an inquiry below, and are invited to sit in on a regular session and meet with the conductor to discuss placement.

Conductor: Vartan Aghababian

Next session begins:  TBD

Tuition: $495 per semester (14 sessions plus final concert); 10% discount for WCMS private lesson students

Day & Time:

TBD TBD Vartan Aghababian

Fall Audition Requirements:
All students should prepare two contrasting solos pieces (slow and fast) and three major scales; at least one scale should be in three octaves and chosen from the following:

  • Violins: G, A Bb
  • Violas: C, D, Eb
  • Cello: C, D, Eb
  • Bass: prepare G, A, and Bb major scales in one or two octaves

In addition to the performance of prepared materials, all students will be required to sight read.

Mid-year placement: Please submit an online inquiry below for more information. Prospective students are invited to sit in on a regular session and meet with the conductor to discuss placement.


  • For returning students: If you are a returning student to String Sinfonietta, contact our registrar to enroll:
  • For new students: If you are interested in joining String Sinfonietta, please submit an online inquiry and the instructor will be in touch with you: