Preludio Orchestra (ages 10 and up)


Virtual Preludio Orchestra: Saturdays, 12:45 - 2:00 pm (reduced to 75 min from 90 min) 


Preludio Orchestra is back as a virtual string orchestra experience. Students will utilize Zoom and breakout rooms for both full group rehearsals, sectionals, and 1-on-1 coaching by the conductor. Students will be given full orchestra recordings as well as individual instrument tracks to rehearse along with, and will then audio record their parts to make a complete virtual orchestra recording. 


Preludio Orchestra is an ensemble for string players ages 10-13 and/or Suzuki Book 3 and above. Virtual sessions will take place between 12:45 - 2:00 pm on Saturdays.


Aaron Kaplan has been the conductor of the Preludio Orchestra since 2015. Aaron is a Chicago-based conductor, music director, cellist, teacher and arranger. He is currently the Assistant Orchestra Director at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools where he co-teaches all of the curricular orchestra classes, is the assistant conductor for the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra, teaches AP Music Theory, writes the orchestrations for both schools' annual Variety Shows, and conducts the pit orchestra for the Glenbrook Musical. He previously served as the Interim Conductor for the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Music Director/Conductor for the Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra and Community Orchestra. He has been the music director/conductor for 50 musical theatre productions including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys & Dolls, Of Thee I Sing, The Producers and dozens more. Aaron has attended conducting festivals in the US and Europe, most recently in Sofia, Bulgaria with the New Symphony of Bulgaria and Zlin, Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Aaron is also the Assistant Director for the Chicago Suzuki Institute, operated through MIC, where he conducts an orchestra and the cello choir. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education (2011) and a Master's in Orchestral Conducting (2013). He studied cello with Holly Compton, Blake Brasch, Ani Aznavoorian, and Brandon Vamos, and conducting with Donald Schleicher.


Fall 2020 rehearsals begin Saturday, September 26, 2020.


Spring Price: 
Materials Fees: 
Class Duration: 
90 minutes
Semester Duration: 
15 weeks
Semester Begins: 
February 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Classes

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