Brownell-Talbot offers instruction in orchestral string instruments to students in grades 5-12. The string orchestra performs music from all genres, including classical, pop, folk, and world music. Instruction begins in fifth grade, but it is required that students wishing to participate should have at least a year of private instruction before joining strings at school.
There are many performance opportunities for strings students at Brownell-Talbot. The strings program at Brownell-Talbot performs a concert at the end of each semester. Many of Brownell- Talbot’s string students also perform in the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and compete in music festivals and contests.
Instruction in 5th and 6th grade focuses on the fundamentals of musicianship. In 7th through 12th grade instruction expands to include basic elements of music theory and history. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in music festivals as soloists and small ensembles. Beginning in 10th grade students are eligible to audition for All-State Orchestra and other honor orchestras.