The Cape Symphony will have multiple opportunities for adults and youth to learn and play this spring, both online and in-person at the Barnstable and Falmouth campuses, with health and safety measures in place.
The preschool program in Barnstable also has a few open spaces for additional students. The spring semester begins Monday, February 1, and runs through June 19, with a makeup week June 21 through 26.
Beginning in early March, the Cape Youth Chorale will be held in Barnstable and Falmouth for singers ages 9 to 17. Due to the pandemic, the chorale experience has been reimagined, and instead of rehearsing for a performance, the Cape Youth Chorale will focus on composing an original song. This experience, focused on the local Cape environment as a theme, is part of a larger international songbook project. The Cape Youth Chorale will be guest taught by composer/performer/educator Carla Kihlstedt and will feature several expert guest educators. Thanks to the support of the Bilezikian Family Foundation and Hermann Foundation, participation in the Cape Youth Chorale is free to any student taking another class or lessons at the center of equal or greater value.
The same offer applies to the Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra, now accepting new student auditions for the spring semester starting Monday. The Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra designed for the community’s most-advanced and -dedicated young musicians. Audition information is available through the Cape Symphony’s website, www.capesymphony.org. Students are urged to submit their audition videos before the first rehearsal of the new semester on Saturday, February 6, though late submissions will still be accepted and reviewed. The Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra will continue to meet online through the spring.
A music appreciation class, “From Russia with Love,” will run from the end of March through early June in Falmouth and online, focusing on Russian classical music and the landmark music of major Russian composers. No previous musical experience is necessary.
The CJazz program gives youth and adult musicians of all skill levels a chance to play jazz standards in an ensemble. Students learn and play all styles of jazz including bebop, swing, Latin, 3⁄4, smooth, and standards. CJazz sessions will be held in both Barnstable and Falmouth.
Two flute choirs are planned for Falmouth, one for ages 16 and up and one for ages 10 to 16. Being part of a wind group offers players a different experience from a mixed ensemble. By focusing on intonation, rhythm, tone and technique, students will learn how to blend within the ensemble.
For saxophone players ages 10 and up, Saxophone Choir, held in Falmouth, is an opportunity to play with a fun ensemble and keep their skills up.
Group Guitar, for players 10 and up, will meet on Saturdays in Falmouth and is a fun introductory course exploring the basics of music notation, chords, picking, and strumming techniques, with song selections from a variety of genres.
Introductory piano classes include beginner and intermediate level for adults; both are offered in Falmouth and online. Children ages 5 to 11 can enroll in the “Piano Explorers” class, held in-person in Barnstable. A small group of students are taught in a positive atmosphere.
Ballet classes return to the Cape Symphony campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth, beginning Monday. A range of classes are available for students ages 3 to 18.
Throughout the winter and spring, private lessons are offered for youth and adults from beginning through advanced levels in all major instruments and voice. Lessons are held virtually using simple, user-friendly technology, and the faculty creates engaging experiences that work well online. In-person private lessons are also available on a limited basis at both campuses.