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Arts Centre Orchestra (ARCO)

Director:     Janet Houston

Experience the Power of Music!



A learning and performance opportunity for both the beginner and advanced string player. Monroe Youth Orchestra (MYO) was founded over 30 years ago to offer reasonably priced stringed instrument instruction to students in the Monroe County area.

In the fall of 2003, the Monroe Youth Orchestra became a part of the River Raisin Centre for the Arts, and, in 2008, its name was changed to the Arts Centre Orchestra (ARCO).

Under the able direction of seasoned music instructor Janet Houston, participants develop their talents through practice, lessons and performance.

The Arts Centre Orchestra program offers three levels of instruction on violin, viola, cello and double bass.

All classes meet on Monday evenings, September-May. ARCO presents a minimum two concerts per year.

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Classes/Rehearsal Times:

5:00 - 5:45 pm       Beginner Class
6:00 - 7:30 pm         Philharmonia
7:45 - 9:15 pm   Symphony Strings


Advanced Players

Philharmonia String Orchestra - All Ages: This orchestra is open to any student who meets audition requirements. The focus is on extending students string skills while exploring a variety of string orchestra repertoire. An opportunity to experience a full orchestra (includes winds, brass and percussion), is often presented in the spring, when Philharmonia combines with Symphony for the finale of the Spring concert. On alternate Mondays, Philharmonia strings combine with Symphony strings to enjoy and explore traditional fiddle music.

Symphony Strings - All Ages: This orchestra is open to anyone who meets audition requirements. The focus is on further extending technique and musicianship while exploring more advanced orchestral literature. Full orchestra literature is prepared for the Spring Concert and performed with guest wind, percussion, and brass players.

Early Players

Beginning Class - Grade 2-adult: This up-beat group class is for the absolute beginner who has no previous experience with a stringed instrument. An emphasis is placed on establishing proper technique and beginning music reading. This class continues with a concentration on developing musicianship and note-reading skills. Students learn to play pieces "in parts" and develop musical independence.