Music comes alive for the players in this string ensemble. Join us to enjoy playing with other string musicians and gain the experience needed for Sinfonia. You'll play fun and challenging music as you learn about music theory, note reading and rhythm comprehension. The Symphonette is for ages 8-16.

This intermediate string orchestra is for students who have some ensemble experience. An audition is not required, but you should be in Suzuki book three or four, or the equivalent.

2021 Rehearsal Schedule

For the spring of 2021 music will be distributed digitally as PDF documents as soon as it is available to keep contact to a minimum. Symphonette is taking into account industry recommendations and best practices, as well as the risk factors based on the COVID-19 positivity rates in our area. The following health and safety precautions will be put in place in addition the NIU and CSA safety protocols outlined in the Protecting the Pack website.

  • Arrival:
    • Staff will be present to ensure entrance into the building is staggered to maintain social distancing.
    • Upon arrival, musicians’ temperatures will be checked.
  • Rehearsal:
    • Musicians will be spaced out in a six-by-six foot square.
    • All musicians must wear masks at all times.
  • Schedule:
  • Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 6-7 p.m..

Dates (14 Tuesdays): Jan. 26 – May 11. No rehearsals Mar. 9 and 23
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Music Building, room 171
Fee: $145 per semester
Teacher: Linc Smelser



May 11, 6 p.m., Concert Hall

Other Events

Bring-a-Friend Day: Our second spring rehearsal is open to any interested player, free of charge. Current ensemble members are encouraged to bring a friend, but anyone is welcome to attend. Participants should bring their instruments.

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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