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Mrs. Karen Schaberg
Strings Instructor




Mendham Township is pleased to offer orchestra to students from grades 3-8. At the Elementary School, the orchestra focuses on technique and skill, while performing challenging and fun selections several times per year. There are two orchestras at the middle school. Our CHAMBER ORCHESTRA is for fifth graders. The SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is for 6th - 8th graders. In addition to two orchestra rehearsals a week each string student has a weekly rotating group lesson. Karen Schaberg, string instructor, has over twenty years of teaching and performance experience. After ten years teaching K-5 strings in Caldwell -West Caldwell district she moved out to Mendham Township and continued her teaching career. This program had approximately 35 students in 2005 and today boasts over 100. Mrs. Schaberg has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, Westfield Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, New Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Masterworks Orchestra and many more orchestras as a professional violinist.

While many of our students are actively involved in sports, scouts, and have rigorous academic expectations, we work toward and see excellence in their performance. Our award winning Symphonic Orchestra has earned Superior ratings at festivals. Many students study privately and any parent needing guidance in searching for a private teacher can ask Mrs. Schaberg.

The best way to contact Karen Schaberg is by email at kschaberg@mendhamtwp.org

MTMS Orchestra Concert Schedule 2018-2019

Please mark your calendars.All students are expected to perform at all concerts.

Monday, December 17, 2018SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Holiday Concert: 1:45 pm assembly for school

6:30 pm report to MS dressed in black and white

7:00 pm CONCERT

Thursday, January 10, 2019CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Fifth Grade Concert : 9:30 a.m. at middle school

Please dress in black bottoms, white top

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 CHAMBER & SYMPHONIC

All District String Concert at MENDHAM HIGH SCHOOL

There will be a fieldtrip in the morning

6:30 pm report to MHS cafeteria dressed in black and white

7:00 pm CONCERT

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 CHAMBER & SYMPHONIC

“Evening of the Arts” at middle school

1:00 pm assembly for school

6:30pmreport to MS dressed in black and white

7:00 pm CONCERT


Music in the Parks/Dorney Competition; ALL DAY

Exact times TBD, leaving approx. 7:00a.m./ returning approx. 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Performance for 4th Grade at MTMS.Please wear Dorney T-shirts

11:00 am CONCERT

**students are expected to perform at all concerts that their group is scheduled for.