The purpose of the Danbury Centre Strings (DCS) is to provide a challenging, exciting, educational ensemble experience for string players. Members will study standard string repertoire appropriate to their level of playing. They will develop playing technique, listening skills, orchestral technique, and ensemble experience. Many of the DCS alumni go on to perform in the Danbury Community Orchestra and Danbury Symphony Orchestra.
The DCS is a non-auditioned string orchestra of all ages (including adults) performing varied repertoire.
Music performed in the past two years included:
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst
Suite for Strings by John Rutter
Plink, Plank, Plunk by Leroy Anderson
Showtunes and Pop Music included:
Highlights from the Wizard of Oz, Chronicles of Narnia, Enchanted, Star Wars, American in Paris and more!
The DCS has no age restrictions and welcomes children, teenagers, and adults who play the violin, viola, cello or bass. It is recommended that participants have completed Book I of the Suzuki method or Books I and II of any other method. Participants will enjoy greater success if 2nd or 3rd Book of most String Methods has been completed.
Members must have basic note reading and rhythm skills and the ability to play in a variety of meters.
If you are unsure if the DCS is the right group for you, your student or your child, please attend a rehearsal and try it out. Bring your instrument.
Please Note: All students who participate in the DCS are strongly encouraged to participate during the academic year in a similar school program if it is provided by their school district. It is also recommended that students study privately.
REHEARSALS – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated Rehearsals are at Danbury Music Centre (unless otherwise indicated).
All dates and venues subject to change
LOCATIONS The Marian Anderson Recital Hall in the Danbury Music Centre at 256 Main Street, Danbury, located on the corner of Main Street and Library Place.
September 20 (Meet and Greet), September 27 (rehearsal) October 4, 11, 18, (no rehearsal 25th) November 1,8, 15, 29 (no rehearsal 22) December 6 December 13 – Informal concert – parents and friend are invited–7:30 pm at MARH January 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21, 28 Informal concert – parents and friends are invited – 7:30 pm MARH April 4,11,25 (dress), & 26(no rehearsal 18) April 28 – Concert -7:30pm
The Marian Anderson Recital Hall in the Danbury Music Centre at 256 Main Street, Danbury, located on the corner of Main Street and Library Place.
Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis beginning in mid-August. The Music Centre reserves the right to close enrollment based upon class size.
Tuition is $250 for the year. Students enrolling in January will be charged $175 tuition.
Checks are made payable to the Danbury Music Centre, Inc.
Financial aid information is available upon request.
Please note that tuition will be refunded prior to the first class only.
Make payment online below or by check to made out to Danbury Music Centre
Glen Lebetkin, Music Director & Conductor has been the director of the Danbury Centre Strings since 1999. The program, under his direction, continues to grow in size and popularity. Mr. Lebetkin was the music teacher at Ridgebury Elementary School from 1973 – 2008. He directed strings, band, chorus, general music, as well as musicals. Along with his wife Harriet, he directed Danbury Talent Education, a Suzuki School, for over 35 years. Mr. Lebetkin, a violinist, graduated cum laude from Ithaca College with a major in music education. He received his Master of Science degree from Western Connecticut State University, also with a major in music education. He is a recipient of many awards and honors recognizing his work on behalf of world health and hunger, and active community service.