Annette Brower is the founder of Prelude Strings. After doing a bit of informal research, she determined the community needed a string orchestra for students as young as eight years old. With financial support from the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, Prelude String Orchestra started in 1994 as a 10 week class through the Tustin parks and recreation department. Annette chose Helen Weed as the conductor because of her enthusiastic pledge of commitment to this orchestra which did not yet exist. Ms. Weed chose the name of the orchestra, “Prelude,” to indicate the first orchestral experience for many children. Prelude Strings is a 501 c 3 non profit corporation.
All students study with private teachers and have been accepted based on an audition. There are about 25 rehearsals on Saturday mornings between September and May and five performances.
Due to overwhelming interest, the Orchestra grew from a group of 8 violins and 2 cellos in its first season to about 100 musicians divided into two string ensembles. Prelude String Orchestra is designed to meet the needs of intermediate level students and Prelude Chamber Strings is for more advanced students. Orchestra members are in elementary and junior high school. These musicians come from Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties.
For the past 24 years we have enjoyed performing throughout Orange County at various community churches, as well as Crystal Cathedral, Santa Ana Zoo, Laguna Hills and Brea Malls, South Coast Plaza, Tustin Historical Society home tour, Laguna Woods, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, Soka University, Segerstrom Concert Hall and the Orange County Performing Arts Center
Prelude Strings wants to thank the many musicians, parents and community patrons whose overwhelming interest and support has helped make the Orchestras a success. It has been our great pleasure to bring fine music to the citizens of Orange County and enrich the lives of hundreds of young musicians.
PSO was featured in a front page story in the OC register.
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