The Apex Arts Strings Program at Bates focuses on developing students as artists who are able to effectively communicate ideas through their instrument. Over the course of three years in the program, students will focus on and build upon their instrumental technique, with emphasis on tone, articulation, rhythm, and dynamic and artistic range of expression. Students study music theory, history, and ear training, and are introduced to advanced techniques such as shifting and vibrato. A hallmark of the Bates Apex Arts orchestra program is it’s close collaboration with the Annapolis Symphony. Through the Adopt-A School Program and Apex Arts Bates orchestra students are offered private and group lessons , as well as coaching in chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Students are given many opportunities to perform as well as attend professional performances and Arts Experiences throughout the year. Bi-yearly larger field trips are taken to places such as New York City, where students can engage in such activities as watching a Broadway performance or participating in a workshop geared towards their content area.