The orchestra program at CLS is available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 8. Students are taught in small group lessons and rehearsals based on grade in school. CLS owns several of the larger string instruments such as viola, cello, and bass for those students who would like to help diversify the orchestra’s instrumentation. Miss Hannah Salazar is the orchestra director for all grades at CLS. Miss Salazar is a violist and graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Music Education.
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
- Martin Luther
The Concert Orchestra is for all string students in Kindergarten through grade 3 and focuses on basic bow and left hand technique as well as simple folk melodies. They perform two major concerts each year including Christmas and Spring. Additional performance opportunities are available during weekly chapel services.
The Chamber Orchestra is for all string students in grades 4-8 and is designed to continue developing individual technique through ensemble performance. Performance opportunities include chapel, Concordia Sundays [at association churches], Arts in Education, and IGSMA District & State Organizational Contests. Instrumentalists who desire a challenge can also participate in the Illinois Grade School Music Association [IGSMA] contest in the spring.
With the largest class in the Concert Orchestra graduating in the Spring, I decided to pull out some of the most exciting and challenging music, which has spurred them to work harder and develop more advanced techniques. The Cadet Orchestra is understanding the importance of being a team player and seeing the effect of regular practice and hard work. We were able to play straight through all the songs for the Christmas concert, which gave all the kids a strong sense of accomplishment. It's been a fun year so far! I get so excited for the Christmas and Spring concerts.
I want my students to think of orchestra as a safe place to think creatively, implement new concepts and healthy ways of playing that inspires and encourages them to learn their instrument well for the glory of the Lord.
WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
A love for music and the arts was handed to me from a very young age. I knew early on that I wanted to be able to share and grow that same appreciation for music in others. I loved hearing my mother teach her voice students and seeing the progress they'd make over time. Participating in the worship services on viola showed me that I could be a blessing to someone and provided a way for me to honor the people who have sown into my life.
Some of my hobbies include knitting, biking, and pottery. I love being involved in the worship team at my church as well as sharing quality time with friends and family.