LEARN ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTS!

Are you interested in playing a string instrument but don't know which one to pick? Take a look below and explore the instruments offered in the Staley Orchestra.

Ochestra in Action

VIOLIN

The Violin is the smallest instrument in the orchestra. From sweet, sonorous sonatas to vivace Vivaldi, the violin has been recognized the world over for its beautiful sound.

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VIOLA

The Viola is the lesser-known but still beautiful cousin of the Violin. The Viola also has four strings similar to the violin but replaces the high "E" string with a low "C" string. This makes the body of the viola grow slightly larger giving it a deeper, richer timbre. 

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Image by Adi Goldstein

CELLO

The Cello is considered one of the orchestra's "Lower String" instruments. That is to say, it has a low acoustic range to its strings. Widely recognized as the second most popular string instrument, the Cello is known for its deep timbre that has been compared to the human voice. 


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BASS

The "Double Bass", otherwise known as just "Bass", is the largest instrument in the orchestra. That doesn't mean that you have to be a large person to play it! In fact, there is a size bass that is just right for every height. The Bass is the heartbeat and foundation of all chords in the orchestra. The bass adds that extra "oomf" needed in any performing group. It's usually performed by really cool people too.

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Double Bass Player
Image by Sara Budhwani

HARP

The Harp is one of the most beautiful instruments to have ever been created. When resonant glissandos are played at the break of a climax, or quiet arpeggiations performed during a swell, the harp adds musical texture like no other. 

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