Young musicians can check out ensembles

Published: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Young musicians are invited to attend a free, open rehearsal of CSA Sinfonia on Jan. 30, CSA Symphonette on Feb. 12, and CSA Children’s Choir on Feb. 13.

These Bring A Friend Days give interested players or singers a chance to try out the group to see if it is right for them. The rehearsals all take place in the Northern Illinois University Music Building. The ensembles are sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts.

CSA Sinfonia is for string, wind, brass and percussion players ages 14 to 20. Group plays original masterpieces as well as music from the 20th century. Rehearsal is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

CSA Symphonette is for string players ages 8 to 16. Players learn more about the basic elements of music theory, note reading and rhythm comprehension. Intermediate orchestra is for students who have some ensemble experience. Rehearsals are from 5 to 5:55 p.m. Tuesdays.

CSA Children’s Choir is for singers ages 7 to 15. Participants develop their voices and learn to sing in unison and in harmony with others. This choir is for treble voices only. Rehearsals are from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 815-753-1450 or visit

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