Fall 2018 Enrollment:

$50 deposit to reserve a spot (non-refundable). Remaining $145 due by September 24.

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Seating is limited! Enroll today to secure your spot.

  • Deadline to enroll is Monday, September 24, 2018 Limited seating is available.

  • A maximum of 20 musicians will be seated in each orchestra.

  • Open to Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Clarinet

  • Non-Fort Lee School of Music students will need a referral from a teacher or schedule an interview/audition with a SoundPlay Orchestral Director.

  • No previous experience playing in an orchestra is required.


SoundPlay Orchestra (SoundPlay) is founded by Fort Lee School of Music (FLSM), directed by Julia Castellanos and Michael Gilsinan. SoundPlay's mission is to create opportunities for participants to learn orchestral music in a group setting, to perform with world-renowned guest artists in formal performing arts centers, as well as building a strong community in Fort Lee.  
SoundPlay Orchestra targets children above 6 who have a basic understanding of music and can demonstrate the ability to understand written music.

SoundPlay Orchestra welcomes FLSM students and Non-FLSM students for our fall and spring semesters. Each semester there will be 10-weekly rehearsals at FLSM's homestead. Enrollment for Non-FLMS students is by audition: play one song (typically above Suzuki Book 1) and demonstrate a basic ability to understand written music. 
SoundPlay is committed to commissioning and performing new music. We have invited composers from culturally diverse backgrounds (American, Asian, Turkish, South American) to write music for us. Musical styles have ranged between classical, jazz, and contemporary.
SoundPlay provides opportunities for participants to work with world-renowned musicians. Past guest faculty and performers have included Celil Refik Kaya, Michael Newman, Laura Oltman, and Masayo Ishigure. In the future, Soundplay will be inviting guest soloist to perform with the SoundPlay Orchestra, creating a chance for participants to share the stage with distinguished musicians.  
Once a year, SoundPlay participants will be performing at formal performance arts centers in New York City, including but not limited to Dimenna Center, Engelman Recital Hall, and National Opera Center.
SoundPlay is committed to building a local community in Fort Lee. We encourage participants to join and occasionally perform at our community / seasonal events. Some of which have been held at the Fort Lee Rec Center, Public Library, local senior centers, and the Fort Lee Music and Arts Festival.