Four Different Levels in Fall 2017

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced adult classes will take place at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
  • The Horizon Orchestra rehearsals take place at First Baptist Church.
  • The Fall Semester begins Monday, August 14, 2017. Tuesday evening classes begin on August 15, 2017.
  • The recital will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • Participants must provide instruments.

Beginning String Class for Adults

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $175

  • No experience is required!
  • Learn the basics of violin, viola, cello or double bass playing in an enjoyable, no-pressure environment.
  • Participants must provide instruments.
  • This course is designed for adults (ages 18 – 180) that have either never had, or never utilized, the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument.  Adults with no previous musical experience are invited to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Students are taught fundamental skills in playing their instrument, and also begin to develop skills in note reading and musicianship.

Intermediate String Class for Adults

Mondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $175

  • Pre-requisite is the HSO’s beginning adult class or approval of the instructor.
  • This course is a continuation of Beginning String Class for Adults.  Students continue to develop their skills in violin, viola, cello, or double bass.  Fundamentals of music and note reading continue to be emphasized.  This course is also the perfect “refresher” for individuals who perhaps played a stringed instrument in their childhood and are interested in “picking it up again.”

Advanced String Class for Adults

Mondays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Bethany Wing, instructor
Fee: $185

  • Pre-requisite is the intermediate adult class or approval of the instructor.
  • This course is designed for adults who have already taken the Beginning and Intermediate String Classes. This is a wonderful bridge between the adult classes and the Horizon Chamber Orchestra. Students will continue exploring the principles learned in the Intermediate Class, and will focus on developing the skills necessary to play in a string orchestra.

Horizon Chamber Orchestra for Adult Beginners

Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Susan Mullen, instructor
Fee: $200

  • Susan Mullen leads this group of very enthusiastic students. This course is designed for any adult string player who has completed at least one year of group or private lessons in violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Students study educational repertoire designed specifically for string orchestras that are continuing to develop fundamental skills in playing an instrument and note reading.  Etudes and technical studies are also utilized.  This class is also perfect for the individual who plays an instrument at an amateur level, and desires to participate in a performing ensemble.

About the Faculty

Bethany Wing is a violin and viola teacher in Madison, Alabama. She also instructs Novice Strings with the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. She has a BMUS in Music Education from the University of Georgia and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Technological.

Susan Mullen is the Orchestra Director at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. She is an active violinist, violist, teacher, conductor and clinician, performing with the Murfreesboro Symphony as well as teaching and performing in Costa Rica and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville. Raised in Wyoming, she earned her Masters of Music from the University of Wyoming and continued her studies in Switzerland as a Rotary International Scholar. She conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.

How To Enroll

Download a registration form and fill in all information. Under “Registration,” check “Class” and write “Adult String” in the blank provided. Return the form by mail or fax:

Symphony School
P. O. Box 2400
Huntsville, AL  35804
fax: 256-539-4819

Call 256-539-4818 for more information.