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Strings at Carroll


Welcome to the award-winning String program at Bishop Carroll!


We have 4 string orchestra ensembles ranging from beginner to pre-professional:


Ensemble Eruditio (Beginner Strings)

“Eruditio” is Latin for instruction, teaching, knowledge, learning


 Ensemble Intermezzo

“Intermezzo” is Italian for intermediate, in between, a musical interlude


Cantabile Strings

“Cantabile” is Italian for in a singing style, flowing, melodious


Virtuosi Strings

“Virtuosi” (plural of virtuoso) is Italian for a person highly skilled

in a musical or artistic pursuit



Key info:


  • Ensembles are comprised of the orchestral strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass

  • String ensembles rehearse 3 hours per week during the school day

  • School instruments are available to rent

  • Auditions for students with experience playing their instrument take place in early September

  • All ensembles participate in the Christmas and Spring concerts, as well as our annual “String Fling” in February

  • Clinicians from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Mount Royal University Conservatory faculty work with our string students

  • Earn up to 30 high school credits by taking Strings!

Viva La Vida by the Bishop Carroll Virtuosi Strings

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 III. Allegro 

Some recent highlights of the String program:


  • Performance and panel discussion on, “How to Build A Culture of Success in Your Music Program” at Music Conference Alberta, Edmonton AB, October 2018

  • Won an international audition to perform at The Midwest Clinic – the world’s largest music education conference in Chicago IL, December 2017

  • Ensemble Eruditio, Cantabile Strings & Virtuosi Strings receive “Superior” ratings at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival (CPAF) and top orchestra awards of the festival

  • Invited to perform at the Stars of the Festival concert (CPAF)

  • Annual String Camp at Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Bragg Creek AB 

  • Performances at “WE Day Alberta” at the Saddledome, CCSD Faith Day, the Annual Bishop’s Dinner at the Telus Convention Centre, and the Mayor’s Arts Luncheon at BMO Centre


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