Q: Do students need to be able to read music in order to play in the orchestra?

A: MMI’s three orchestras, the Robin, Mozart, and Chamber Orchestras, engage every string student from the non-music reader to advanced student. It is necessary to read notes for all but the Robin Orchestra. All string students will participate in an orchestra at their level during the institute. Playing as part of an ensemble of this sort provides valuable experience for new musicians as well as those who have been playing for longer.