Concertino is the beginning string ensemble, designed to build foundations for successful musicianship. Students typically have 1-2 years playing experience in various school or preparatory programs (ex. Suzuki). Concertino focuses on the fundamentals required for music reading, rhythms, playing positions, and understanding ensemble performance.
Concertino performs educational works and transcriptions for string orchestra, as well as preparatory exercises required for beginning mastery of string fundamentals.
Students are generally playing 1 octave scales and solos from Suzuki books 1 and 2 or similar experience.
•Concertino performs 2-3 concerts per season.
Whitney Tinley is the director of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Harmonia and Concertino ensembles and Orchestra Director at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County. She also serves as the coordinator for Georgia’s 11th and 12th grade All-State Orchestra as well as for Gwinnett County’s 6th grade Honors Orchestra. She has worked as the bass coach for the Gwinnett County Youth Honors Orchestra and has served as a conductor and bass instructor and ENCORE and ASTA orchestra camps.
She maintains an active string bass studio and a career as a freelance bassist. She is a member of the Saint Cecilia Saints, the orchestra for the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
Whitney graduated from DePauw University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and has her Masters in Music Education from the University of Georgia.