Musica Dolce Youth String Ensembles
Musica Dolce Youth String Ensembles (MDYSE) was established in 1995 as an offspring of Musica Dolce. With the guidance of Kathleen Curran Monroe, a private string instructor with extensive backgrounds in both music performance and music education, Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble took wing. The original group was comprised of seventeen musicians: ten first violins, four second violins, two violas and one cello. The group has grown to consist of nearly sixty local string musicians, ages 7 to 18, from a diverse geographic area, from Wakefield, Rhode Island to Deep River, Connecticut. Because of the age incongruity and the variable proficiency level of participating musicians, the Youth String Ensemble was divided into several ensembles. Each group would allow musicians with similar musical competencies to perform with others of comparable skill levels. Since 2013, the program's rehearsal location has been in Wakefield.
After three years under the leadership of Alan Bernstein (2013 - 2016), MDYSE has a new Director, Morgan Santos.
This program takes place at the Neighborhood Guild in Peacedale, RI.
Musica Dolce Strings Choirs
The Musica Dolce Youth String Choirs provides an opportunity for student musicians to learn and perform classical music in an ensemble setting. To accommodate the varying instruments two choirs will be offered.
Violin-Viola Choir and Cello-Bass Choir
Open to youth musicians with a minimum of one year of experience through advanced players. Enjoy playing in anensemble setting while improving your playing skill level. The Violin-Viola choir will be under the direction of WendyRios-Dawber. The Cello-Bass choir will be led by Morgan Santos. Morgan is a 2003 MDYSE alumnus with a degree in cello performance from RIC (2009). She has had a successful cello studio for over 11 years, has conducted for the South Kingstown Summer Strings Orchestra, coached at RIMEA festivals and has always wanted to start a youth cello choir! Wendy Rios has been a performer and teacher in Rhode Island for more than twenty years. She maintains an active private studio and is currently the 1st violinist in the Amici e Musica Chamber Ensemble.
The choirs will offer a Spring concert in May. Check back here for details.
String Orchestra and Choirs
In the Fall of 2017, we are moving to a full string orchestra, best for students in grades 4-8, with the goal to add an advanced orchestra in the future.