Graland Country Day School
3d - 8th grade string students



Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra Preperatory Program! We are excited to partner with Graland Country Day School to offer before-school orchestra for your child-- no previous experience is required!

Classes meet Thursday mornings from 7:15-8:00am IN GN16 (the Lower School music room). To register, please fill out the form below, and take a look at the required materials.

I look forward to meeting you and bringing the joy of music to your children!


Register Here!


Program Overview and Costs:

  • Tuition: $625/year, payable right here by PayPal.
  • Classes meet Thursday mornings, 7:15-8:00 AM in GN16 (Lower School Music Room)
  • Classes meet from November 30 through May 17th
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Required Materials:


    • Books (Essential Elements for Strings, bk 1)
    • Instrument
    • Music Stand
    • Rosin
    • Shoulder Rest (violins and violas only)
    • Rock Stop / Slip Stop (celli and basses only)
    • Black 3-ring binder


We strongly recommend the following places for Instrument rental and the purchase of rosin, music stands, shoulder rests, and rock stops:


Required Books can be purchased online here (click on your child's instrument):


CYSO's Graland Preperatory Program Does the Following:
  • Gives young musicians a head start for success in orchestra and ensembles
  • Offers music theory, rhythm, counting, note reading, and ear training
  • Includes instrument instruction by CYSO staff
  • Each year will end with a performance by students in the program










Meet your new teacher!
Melissa Hembree

Melissa Hembree, Cellist and Program String Teacher

Michigan native Melissa Hembree started cello at age 3, won her first competition in 7th grade, and played in a Yo-Yo Ma master class and soloed with the Grosse Pointe Symphony during her senior year in high school. She holds a Bachelor’s in Cello Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Emilio Colon. In Houston, Texas she was Low String Specialist for the La Porte School District and Assistant Orchestra Director at Woodcreek Middle School, where she taught technique and repertoire to 180 beginning and intermediate string students. She moved to Denver in July, 2015 and opened a private cello studio serving the Littleton/Lakewood area.

See Melissa's video about the program

Melissa Hembree, cellist and program string teacher

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