Rehearses Thursdays 6:45 to 8 pm
Introduced in 1995, the Central Illinois Preparatory String Orchestra is designed for string players that have at least one year of playing on their instrument but have little or no experience playing in an ensemble. The students will work on note reading and rhythm patterns and develop confidence and listening ability. The level of music will be similar to that of an elementary honor orchestra.
Rosemary Ardner, conductor – Rosemary grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Starting on the piano at age 5, she began studying the violin at age 7. Mrs. Ardner attended Mt. Lebanon High School, which has a nationally recognized fine arts program. She graduated with a degree in music education (with minors in violin performance and music history) from Ball State University in 2006 and with a masters degree in educational leadership (with an emphasis in assessment in the orchestra classroom) from Aurora University in 2012. Since then, Mrs. Ardner has taught orchestra in the Dunlap school district. In addition, Mrs. Ardner performs in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband, along with their puppy, Lucy, live in Peoria.