School of Music Adult Programs

Lifelong musicians or first-timers, every amateur adult musician is welcome here. The Grand String Orchestra performs concerts at least twice each season in Royce Auditorium, with additional outreach concerts throughout the year.

Grand String Orchestra

Violin, viola, cello, and double bass players from near-beginner to intermediate level. 

Emphasizes having fun and learning classical and popular music in an informal and non-competitive atmosphere.

Wednesdays from 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Cyndi Betts, Conductor


Beer City Winds

Wind, reed, brass, and percussion players at the semi-professional level.

This group is comprised of active professional or professional-quality musicians who are looking to perform at a high-level.

May 28 – July 16 | Tuesday rehearsals from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Concerts June 20 and July 18, 2024

Shannon Shaker, Artistic Director
Rick Maycroft, Administrative Director

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Financial Aid

School of Music students are eligible for financial aid consideration if the applicant is experiencing personal or family financial hardship.

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Register Today

Reserve your spot in the Grand Strings Orchestra and get ready to hone your skills, learn new things, and join a community of passionate performers. Auditions are not required for SCMC’s adult ensembles.

In the Classroom

St. Cecilia Music Center has served a vital role in the community for 140 years. Our wide array of music education classes offer West Michigan youth the chance to experience the power of instrumental music.

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Attend a School of Music Concert

Reserve a seat in our historic Royce Auditorium and experience our talented musicians at one of our many School of Music concerts throughout the year.

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Instructional Videos

We believe that music perseveres. During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Cecilia Music Center began producing instructional videos for the community. These lessons are now an ongoing reference library for remote education and connection.

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