• Welcome Middle School Orchestra

    Welcome Barker Road and Calkins Road Orchestra students! Please use the links on the left side to navigate through the site to find important information throughout the year. If you have any questions throughout the year, don't hesitate to reach out via email or phone! 

    Email: Julia_Plato@pittsford.monroe.edu

    Phone: (585) 267-3599

  • Check out these string specialty stores for quality instruments and knowledgeable staff!

    Stringed Instrument Services (violin, viola, cello, and bass rentals)
    52 North Main St.
    Fairport, NY 14450

    Sullivan Violins (violin, viola, and cello rentals) *NEW LOCATION!*
    3300 Monroe Ave
    Pittsford, NY 14534

    The String House (violin, viola, and cello rentals)
    1531 Monroe Ave
    Rochester, NY 14618

  • Material List

    Shoulder Rest: For violin and viola students.  I recommend the Kun or the Everest shoulder rests.  You can purchase them at almost any music store that rents or sells string instruments.  They come in a variety of sizes to fit your instrument.  If you have a 3/4 violin, go ahead a purchase a full size shoulder rest.  They are adjustable to a certain degree.

    Rock Stop: For cello and bass students.  These will keep your end pin from sliding across the floor--especially if you practice on a non-carpeted floor.

    Rosin: Please make sure you always have rosin in your case- take note that bass rosin IS different than violin, viola, and cello rosin.  I also recommend that you put your name on it just in case you leave it in the orchestra room.

    Music Stand This will keep your music at the proper height as you practice at home.  You want your music to be at eye level and easy to see without bending your body or slouching.

    Tuner/Tuning App: Check out my website for recommendations!

    Spare Strings: When a string breaks, it's always good to have a spare so your teacher can replace it right away.

    Metronome/Metronome app: This a practice tool that will keep the beat for you as you practice and help you improve your rhythm and pulse. Check out my website for recommendations!

    Dust Cloth: Clean the rosin from your strings and instrument when finished playing.

    Instrument TagPlease make sure your name is on your instrument case!