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Orchestras

We believe that playing with others is the ultimate goal of music education; it enables each musician to experience music at its finest and has the power to draw people together in the service of common goals. Hassadna places special emphasis on orchestral playing as we believe this experience is essential to the development of the well-rounded musician. We aim to expose all our students to the fabulous experience of playing in an orchestra, making it also a wonderful place of integration, bonding and friendship.

Hassadna offers a wide array of orchestras thus meeting the needs of students at all levels of study and ability.

String Orchestra
Our String Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gaisler, is one of the premier youth orchestras in Israel. It brings together 30 students, aged 10 to 18, who have demonstrated the talent and discipline necessary for participating in an orchestra of this caliber. The String Orchestra performs in festive concerts, has been broadcasted on the national radio performing premieres of contemporary Israeli compositions and performed with great success in a concert tour to England.

Junior String Orchestra
Hassadna’s Junior String Orchestra, conducted by Etienne Menari, brings together 30 young students at the aged 8-12 who receive the opportunity to be exposed to the art and joy of orchestral playing. Through playing in an orchestra at such a young age the students have a unique opportunity to develop attentiveness and communication while experiencing the pleasure of making music together.

Wind Orchestras
Our Wind Orchestra, conducted by Sagit Mazuz, brings together 45 students, aged 13-18, who have demonstrated the talent and discipline necessary for participating in an orchestra of this caliber. The orchestra represents the entire family of the wood and brass wind instruments. The orchestra performs regularly in leading festivals and festive concerts throughout the country. The city of Jerusalem regularly commissions this orchestra to perform in a variety of prestigious events held by the city.

Junior Wind Orchestra
Hassadna’s Junior Wind Orchestra, conducted by Sagit Mazuz, brings together 45 young students at the aged 9-13 who receive the opportunity to be exposed to the art and joy of orchestral playing. The orchestra represents the entire family of the wood and brass wind instruments. Through playing in an orchestra at such a young age, the students have a unique opportunity to develop attentiveness and communication through the pleasure of making music together.

Big Band
Our Big Band, conductor by Boris Gamer, brings together 25 students, aged 13-18. The Big Band performs at local venues and leading festivals and holds several festive concerts a year. The Big Band consists of saxophone and wind brass instruments, as well as keyboard, guitar, bass and rhythm sections. Since its establishment the band has enjoyed notable success in the Jerusalem jazz scene.