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Music For String Orchestra

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Academic Festival March

Carl Fischer (2022)
Grade 2


A stately march perfect for assessment season. Homophonic rhythms will keep your students together, while a repeated dotted quarter - eighth note motif provides forward energy. Though primarily written in the key of G, this piece touches on several different modes for added color and advancement. Academic Festival March also provides moments of legato playing and section features making it the perfect well-rounded contest piece. 

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

Bow Olympics

Bow Olympics

Alfred/SmartMusic PerformancePlus+ (2022)
Grade 2.5


Become an Olympian in the Bow Olympics! Learn new bowing techniques and gear up for the excitement of the games with this original composition by Katie O'Hara LaBrie! Dive in with your passion, train hard, and go for the Gold!


Available through SmartMusic and in e-Print from and many of your standard distributors

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Using a standard SmartMusic Subscription you can access, assign, record, perform and even print this music. As part of the "plus+" factor, you will also find exercises that go along with the piece and educational tips and tricks. 

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Calm and Bright (Silent Night)

FJH Music (2020)
Grade 2.5

Lush and rich harmonies surround this inventive arrangement of Franz Gruber’s Silent Night. Phrasing and balance play an important role in this mature work for intermediate players. Sure to enhance your winter concert, each instrument is featured through interwoven melodies and changing time signatures in the contrasting calm and bright sections.  

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

Dynamic Forces

Wingert - Jones (2023)
Grade 2  

Dynamic Forces explodes into the air with exciting kinetic energy from the start. Throughout the work, students will explore a wide range of dynamics including forte-piano, hairpins, and subito changes, while maintaining a spirited motor rhythm of eighth notes and eighth rests. Sections get equal time performing melodies and active rhythmic motives. A great opener or closer to any concert!


 *J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice​

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Goblins & Ghouls 

Randall Standridge Music (2023)

Grade 2

Goblins and Ghouls is a suspenseful tune, reminiscent of a horror movie soundtrack. Students will perform extended techniques such as harmonic glissando, playing behind the bridge, ponticello, and more! Optional percussion parts will enhance the spooky spirit with haunting sounds and leave you wondering what’s lurking around the corner. 

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

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Lift Thine Eyes 


Kjos (2023)
Grade 2

Newly arranged for String Orchestra, "Lift Thine Eyes" from Mendelssohn’s Elijah is a glorious masterpiece. While the notes and rhythms have a sense of beautiful simplicity, you will find this piece perfect for inspiring and developing musicianship in your students. The rich phrasing, dynamic contrast, and rubato will bring your musicians to a new level of maturity.

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Skeleton Waltz

Wingert Jones (2021)
Grade 2.5

This expertly written and educationally sound programmatic work incorporates chromatic harmony and special effects to create a fun and spooky setting that is reminiscent of the orchestrations of Berlioz and Saint-Saens. This work offers an excellent opportunity to teach multiple bowing techniques, chromaticism, and finger patterns. Play at the written tempo for intermediate orchestras, or speed it up to challenge advanced players. 

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice




Excelcia Music Publishing (2022)
Grade 2.5

Get ready to be transported to your own little tropical paradise.  TakaTiki celebrates the joy of sixteenth notes. All variations of 8th note/16th note combinations are explored while students get to practice counting using “takatiki” syllables (or whichever counting system you prefer). Optional claves & guiro add to the island feel of this entertaining work. Complete with rhythm guides, this piece will get your students into the groove of counting in no time!




Excelcia Music Publishing (2022)
Grade 2.5


Imagine being in the midst of a blizzard. Snow swirling and blowing everywhere!  Then suddenly, out of nowhere… BOOM! It’s Thundersnow! This meteorologic phenomenon that mixes thunder and lightning during a snowstorm has captured the excitement of many weather enthusiasts. In Thundersnow! constant running eight notes enhance the feel of electricity in the air. The turbulent nature of the storm is emulated by the rise and fall of dynamics, while pops of accents explode like thunder. 

Performed at the 2022 Midwest Clinic

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice


To B or Not To B

FJH (2022)
Grade 2.5


Major or Minor? Natural or Harmonic? B♮ or Bb? These are the questions posed in To B, or Not To B. This jaunty 6/8 tune explores contrasting D Major and D minor modalities while teaching advanced finger patterns that will provide students a solid understanding of the fingerboard and accidentals. The lively spirt of the piece is sure to keep your students and audience engaged and entertained.

*J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice

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