Debut Strings

A message from Gabe Slimko, Vice President Operations & Personnel Manager of West Michigan Symphony / The Block:

I hope you all enjoyed a rejuvenating summer and have that sense of excitement as school starts. We’re also gearing up for our symphony and education season and are anxious to get going.

Our Debut Strings program has a new conductor!!! Angela Corbin has come on board and has already boosted our excitement for the next chapter in the group. If you don’t know Angela, you can read a little about her here We’re very excited to have a former youth symphony member come onboard to help give back.

We’ll be holding auditions on September 14 at The Block in downtown. As a reminder, Debut Strings is intended for students with at least two years experience and strong note reading skills. We don’t attach an age or grade range since students start string instruments at such a wide age range.

Best of luck for a great year!

Debut Strings Audition flyer Fall 2015

Passport Fair

Students and family member going on the international trip next year here is a great opportunity to get your passport. The Muskegon downtown US Post Office is holding a Passport Fair Saturday Aug 29, 2015 from 10am-3pm. No Appointment needed. The USPS can even take your pictures but it much cheaper if you take the pics and bring them with you.

The USPS can help you do everything you need to get your passport but it is highly recommended to have your pictures with you and have your forms completed before getting to the USPS.

For forms, required documents, required guardians, directions, etc.  visit the US Department of State website:



The Mona Shores Orchestra Events Calendar is posted on the event page:

The orchestra calendar is a Google Calendar maintain by Mrs. DeRose and Mr. Mosely for all the High School Orchestra, Middle School Orchestra, Fiddlers, and Middle Fiddles schedule of events.

On the Events page you can view the calendar but have also provided links so you view the calendars in other browser or to add the calendar to additional apps like iCal, Outlook, etc. so you will always be up to date.

Italian Garage Sale

I am not sure what a garage sale looks like in Italy but our garage sale is going to help us get to Italy!! Saturday Aug 8 is the Roosevelt Park Garage Sale Day and all the proceeds  from the garage sale at 1476 Cornell Road will go to the Mona Shores Orchestra International Trip Fund to Italy.  Students and families going on the trip are donating items and time to work the garage sale.

If you have a few times that you would like to donate to be sold in the garage sale we would be happy to accept them. Please drop off items on Friday August 7th between 4pm-9pm.

This won’t be your ordinary garage sale so please stop by and see the surprises lined up!

Grazie per sostenere il programma dell’orchestra!


Thats a wrap everyone!! Last day of students for the students and teachers get some rest starting Thursday.

With the end of the year and the new about to begin I feel the need to say. Great job to all the students for such a successful year; Thank you to all the parents of MSOPA for your support; and  Congratulations to our Senior Class. May your success continue on all your next adventures. Hope to to see you at future performances.

Mrs. DeRose and Mr. Mosely congratulations on a successful first year in your new positions. Looking forward to a exciting next year when you have more than a few weeks to plan it all out and our trip to Italy!!

This blog and Facebook Page won’t go silent over the summer. In fact keep checking back this summer for some exciting summer news and events.

Have a great, safe, fun, warm and happy summer!!


Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association


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