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UNI Suzuki School Sponsored Orchestras seeks members

September 1, 2011

Cathy Craig, coordinator, Suzuki School, 319-273-2508,

Caroline Boehmer, administrative assistant, 319-273-2028,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI Suzuki School is seeking members for three orchestras. The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra, directed by Bonnie Alger, is for student musicians in grades 9 through 12.  String, wind, brass and percussion players are invited to audition on Sept. 9 or 10. The orchestra will rehearse on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m., at Russell Hall, on the UNI campus and will perform two local concerts each year.

The Northern Iowa Junior Orchestra, directed by Tom Schilke, is for string students in grades 6 through 8.  String students are invited to audition on Sept. 16. The orchestra will rehearse on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., at Russell Hall and will perform a local concert and participate in a tour of Iowa schools in April.

The "Not Ready for Prime Time Philharmonic," directed by Alger, is for adult string players. Interested musicians are asked to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., Russell Hall, Room 159.

All auditions are in Russell Hall Room 121 and are made by appointment. To schedule an audition, call Cathy Craig, coordinator of the Suzuki School, at 319-273-2508. For more information about all orchestras, playing level requirements, audition forms, participation fees and rehearsal schedules, visit the school's website at or email Craig at