Eleganza Division

Eleganza Division - experienced musicians:

Open to all students of all ages, comfortable with note reading and late Suzuki Book 3/beginning Book 4 or equivalent level of difficulty. Teacher recommendation is preferred. Chamber or string orchestra repertoire will be chosen from grade levels 3 or 4 and is selected to build fluency in shifting and playing in the first three positions with use of vibrato. Students will have to re-audition every Fall Semester.


APSU Orchestra members:
After students have been performing with the APSU orchestra for one semester, students have the following option: 
  • join the Intermezzo division for public performances and end of the semester performance only. 
    • students will learn the repertoire on their own and must join the rehearsal prior and on the day of the performance. 
  • regularly attend the Eleganza division rehearsals.
  • re-audition in the Fall will no longer be necessary.

Conductor: Nancy Alvarado

Nancy Alvarado is a Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay State University. Originally from Costa, Rica, she was principal second violin with the Camerata Academica Bach Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Orquesta de Opera Lirica, an ensemble specializing in accompanying opera. In the United States, Nancy has performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Austin Peay Symphony Orchestra. As a teacher, she has over 15 years of experience, teaching students violin, music theory as well as in orchestra settings. Nancy holds a B.A. in Music from Valdosta State University, an M.A. in Music from Eastern Illinois University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Education at Austin Peay State University.