Orchestras and Bands

Band Instrumental Music Instruction
Beginning through Advanced band instruction is being offered to home schoolers through the Lutheran High School Association Elementary Band Program. The instruction takes place twice a week in coordination with the existing programs in the Lutheran schools. Several locations and schedules are available. Individualized instruction is provided in a group setting. Students progress at their own rate but also participate in group playing and performing. Students who are at least10 years old by Aug. 1st are welcome in the program. Younger students could be accepted with administration permission. No experience in necessary. Students with prior band instrumental experience will be worked into the program at the appropriate level. For information email Steve Tirmenstein at stirmenstein@lhsn.org or call Lutheran High School North 3140389-3100 and ask for home school band information.

Community Music School of Webster University
(mailing address): 470 E. Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Three locations – Webster Groves, Chesterfield & University City
314 968-5939
The Community Music School has offered outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis area and beyond since its founding in 1925.  Opportunities include individual lessons, Suzuki Strings program, group instruction, Young Years programs, Orchestras, Ensembles, Summer Camps, and Composition.  Three convenient locations – Webster Groves on Webster University’s campus, Faust Park in Chesterfield and Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City.

Folk School of St. Louis
1600 S. Big Bend, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Contact: Colleen Heine, Director
Email folkschool@sbcglobal.net
Provides educational programs that promote the learning, teaching, renewal, and perpetuation of traditional music and folk arts, such as fiddle, dulcimer, banjo, guitar, harmonica, song writing classes and hosts ensemble groups.

Heitman, Steve
Conducts beginning, intermediate, and advanced band classes for homeschoolers through out the metropolitan area. Current locations: Monday in Festus and Wednesday in South St. Louis.

Kay’s Studio
987 N Service RD E, Sullivan, MO 63080
Homeschool classes offered in concert band, Kindermusik, girl’s choir, bells and rhythm, beginning band, intermediate band and beginning guitar.

Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps
Contact: Dan Rhoads
Group performs and various local and national historical events. For students between the ages of 10 and 18, and still attending school.  60% of the group are homeschoolers. Both the fife and drum are taught for free.

Maryville Symphony Orchestra
Contact: Wendy Lea, Music Director
email: Lqviolin2@charter.net
Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7 – 9pm in Auditorium Building room 1423 at Maryville University. There is no fee to join the orchestra. We perform two concerts per year. This is a community orchestra made up of students and adults that reside in the St. Louis area. Members of the Laclede Quartet are principals of the string sections.  There are several homeschoolers that participate.
The Maryville Symphony Orchestra strives to provide serious music to the community, to encourage interest in hearing and participating in serious music, and to offer a professional environment for performing that music for both amateurs and professionals. The MSO’s goals are to increase the visibility of the orchestra, to establish a sound financial and administrative structure, and to extend its educational activities in the classroom and throughout the community.

Matlach, John
#1 Blue Bird Lane, Fenton, MO 63026
636-343-0983 home
314-599-2468 cell
E-mail matlachjc@yahoo.com
Experienced band and choir director offering private instrument, voice, and band lessons and group band lessons. Private lessons are offered in his Fenton home. Group band lessons are through a new Christian bookstore opening in Fenton. Call for more information.

Missouri Baptist University String Ensemble
Contact: Michael Dunsmoor, String Ensemble Director
Cell: 417.234.7777
Email: dunsmoorm@mobap.edu
The MBU String Ensemble rehearses Monday Evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on the main campus of Missouri Baptist University.  The orchestra is open to students, faculty, and staff of MBU, but also to the general community–especially the homeschool community.  Because this is primarily a collegiate group, it is expected that musicians who wish to play with the string ensemble be comfortable playing advanced literature; musicians may be asked to play an informal audition for the director before joining.  High school aged students are certainly encouraged to play, and, depending on ability, middle school-aged students may also be considered.

Milder Musical Arts
14288 Ladue Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
One of the largest privately owned music schools in the nation offering lessons in piano, voice, drums and guitar. They also have trio and quartet training, and summer camps.

Providence Fine Arts Center
New Hope Baptist Church, 4450 Edmundson Road, Edmundson, MO  63134
Contact person:  Michelle Schaefer
phone: 314-489-7630
e-mail: info@providencefac.org
Providing instrumental, vocal, and drama programs including a preschool class, four orchestras, three choirs, two drama programs, and several instrumental classes, designed for young children through high school ages. All classes meet conveniently on Thursdays to help homeschoolers save gas money and time.

Praise Band (afternoons)  and Rock Band Programs (evenings) for all ages
Learning Songs students Choose, working as a team, experienced professional coaching
Discounted Private Voice/Instrumental lessons when taken along with the Program
Sibling discounts available
8809 Gravois Rd., Affton, MO  63123
(314) 556-7110

Schoech, Eric
Band instructor, beginning on all band and advanced on tuba and euphonium.

St. Charles County Christian Home Educators (SCCHE)
St. Charles County, MO and surrounding areas
Michael and Margaret Porch
(636) 441-5470
e-mail Michael.porch@us.army.mil
Band Director: Mary Bowler
e-mail bowler_band@sbcglobal.net
Band group for SCCHE support group member families.

St. Charles County Youth Orchestra
The St. Charles County Youth Orchestra (SCCYO) is a not-for-profit organization. The orchestra, founded in April of 1996, is open to public, private, and home-schooled students across St. Charles County and the surrounding region. Currently, approximately 100 young musicians, grades two through twelve, are members. There are three separate ensembles, grouped by instrument, age and skill level. The ensembles consist of the Symphony Orchestra, Cadenza Orchestra, and Primo Strings. Placement is by audition.

Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
314-286-4400 or 314-533-2500 or 800-232-1880
The Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra has had a significant impact on the region’s student musicians for more than 30 years. The Youth Orchestra consists of nearly 100 talented young performers, ranging in age from 12 to 22. The group rehearses weekly during the school year and presents three programs each season in Powell Symphony Hall under the leadership of Scott Parkman, the Symphony’s Assistant Conductor. Scott Parkman, Music Director and Peggy Neilson, Manager. Other educational programs include lectures, festivals, demonstrations, free summer Concerts in the Park, Kinder Konzerts, Young Peoples Concerts, and Young Adult’s Concerts.

Watching Judas
Eric Barfield, band leader
email Eric@watchingjudas.com
Need a pop/rock electronica band for a party or church event? Check out the songs and videos of Watching Judas (when we look at ourselves, it’s like watching Judas) online. This unique pop/rock/electronica group is made up of four young homeschool grads whose original music is starting to gain international recognition.

West County YMCA Community Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chamber Orchestra
Meets at St. John’s Lutheran Church
Ellisville, MO 63021
636 532-3100
Contact: Ricki at West County YMCA ext. 227
Multi-instrument band that meets on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:00, conductor – Debbie Woolverton.

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