Orchestra News

Dear Parents and Students!!

I am Ms. Julianne Dahlin and I am the new orchestra director at Faribault Middle School and the elementary schools.  I am so excited to be at Faribault and begin teaching your kids.  ‚ÄčI previously taught orchestra in Rochester for 15 years at every level.  My main instrument is viola.  

It's been a busy start to the year! I am working on the schedule for elementary lessons and will be coming to each school this week to talk to students about orchestra. Lessons will be starting shortly. Schedules will be posted here, as well as information about renting violins and purchasing books.

If you have any questions, please call me at 333-6674 or email me at  jdahlin@faribault.k12.mn.us  and I will be happy to answer them.


The String Orchestra Instrument Choices (Description)

 Violin—Unaltered for centuries, the violin is perhaps the most widely recognized orchestral instrument. Whether you call it a violin or a fiddle, it is the string family’s highest voice. High pitched, beautifully toned, the violin is often used as a lead or solo instrument, particularly in music demanding fast passage work.

 Viola—played under the chin much in the same manner as the violin, the viola is slightly larger and tuned differently. A larger tone chamber endows the viola with its mellow qualities and enables it to produce somber, moody tones.

  Cello—officially known as the violoncello, the cello produces deep lower registers and subdued higher tones. Unlike the violin or the viola, the cello is supported on the floor by an endpin while the seated performer steadies the instrument with his or her knees.

 String Bass—The string family’s largest instrument, the string or double bass may be played with the bow or plucked by hand. The bass is the deepest voice of the string family and can function as a rhythmic accompaniment or as a solo instrument. The deep response of the bass gives foundation and “bottom” to the orchestra. 



The orchestra program strives to teach more than music, training leaders and motivating students to achieve personal success in all aspects of life. Learning to play an instrument and belonging to the school orchestra is a wonderful opportunity! Students learn self-discipline, group cooperation, problem solving, goal setting, self expression, memory skills, concentration, poise, enhanced physical coordination, high self-esteem, and the importance of team work – skills in great demand for almost every aspect of life.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski