The Prelude String Orchestra began its first season in fall of 1994 with advice and financial support from the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts. Annette Brower who was serving as Secretary to the Council at that time volunteered to manage the project. She has continued to manage the Orchestra since the founding year. 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.
All students in the orchestra study with private teachers and have been accepted based on an audition. We have about 25 rehearsals on Saturday mornings between September and May and five performances.
Due to overwhelming interest, the Orchestra has grown from a group of 8 violins and 2 cellos in its first season to about 90 musicians divided into two string ensembles. The Prelude String Orchestra is designed to meet the needs of intermediate level students and the 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 23 years we have enjoyed performing throughout Orange County at various community churches, as well as the 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, Segerstrom Concert Hall and the Orange County Performing Arts Center
PSO/PCS wants to thank the many parents and community patrons whose overwhelming interest and support has helped make the Orchestras a success. Thanks are due also to our sponsor Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles Branch-Orange County Chapter. With their assistance we not only have brought fine music to the citizens of Orange County, but have enriched the lives of hundreds of young musicians.
PSO was featured in a front page story in the OC register.
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