Strings and Orchestra
String instruction is offered to all students at Parrott Academy. The youngest students are encouraged to develop ease and comfort with performing. Early instruction focuses on ear training and listening skills. We encourage independence and careful treatment of instruments. Kindergarten students learn to care for their fragile instruments, tuning, and simple pizzicato and arco (with and without a bow). Transition and kindergarten students learn recognition of rhythms. First through third graders learn to play as part of an ensemble and to play two and three part pieces. Emphasis for fourth and fifth graders focuses on reading music, playing different parts, and independence. Kindergartners perform at kindergarten graduation and Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day. First through third graders perform at winter and spring concerts. Fourth and fifth graders perform at the recognition ceremony.
Middle and upper school students can take orchestra as an elective. Students perform for a variety of functions throughout the year in addition to playing in concerts and theatre productions.
Many lower, middle, and upper school students perform with the Eastern Youth Orchestra. Numerous students have participated in Governor's school. Others have participated in auditioned ensembles such as Eastern Regional Orchestra and Junior Eastern Regional Orchestra. Some students have been selected to participate in the North Carolina Honors Orchestra. A few select students are invited each year to perform at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference. Students have won concerto competitions and performed as soloists with professional orchestras. Some students have attended talent based summer camps and programs such as the Eastern Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, NC School of the Arts summer programs, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Camp, and UNCSA Intensive Chamber Music Summer Program, NC Suzuki Institute, and Jink and Diddle Scottish Fiddling School.
Our graduates have pursued music degrees at Curtis Institute of Music, the Yale Graduate School of Music, NC State, Notre Dame, and ECU School of Music.