Picture of Mrs. Karen Schaberg

Mrs. Karen Schaberg
Strings Instructor




Mendham Township is pleased to offer orchestra to students from grades 4-8. At the Elementary School, the 4th grade OVERTURE ORCHESTRA focuses on technique and basic notereading, while performing challenging and fun selections several times per year. There is one pull-out rotating lesson  and one early morning rehearsal per week. 

At the Middle School,  there are two orchestras. Our CHAMBER ORCHESTRA is for fifth graders. They have one pull out lesson, one rehearsal during school and one early morning rehearsal per week.  The SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is for 6th - 8th graders. In addition to two early morning orchestra rehearsals each string student has a weekly rotating group lesson. 

Mrs. Karen Schaberg, string instructor, has over twenty five years of teaching and performance experience. After ten years teaching K-5 strings in Caldwell -West Caldwell district she continued her teaching in Mendham Township in 2005. 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 as well as with Johnny Mathis, Jackie Evancho, Mannheim Steamroller, the Irish Tenors, and others  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.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.





Tuesday, December 14, OVERTURE ORCHESTRA (4th Graders), MTES  a.m. TBD


Thursday, December 9, 2021 SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (6th-8th Graders), MTMS

Holiday Concert: 1:45 p.m. assembly for school, regular school attire

 7:00 p.m. for parents, students report 6:30 p.m., black bottoms, white top


Thursday, January 13, 2022 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (5th graders)

9:30 a.m. at middle school

Please dress in black bottoms, white top


Wednesday, April 13, 2022  All District String Students  All String Students 4-8

 7:00 p.m. at MENDHAM HIGH SCHOOL (6:30 report in black and white)

Tuesday, 4/12 fieldtrip rehearsal to Mendham High School in morning


Friday, May 6, 2022  SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Music in the Parks/Dorney Competition; ALL DAY

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


Thursday, May 19, 2022   CHAMBER & SYMPHONIC (all MTMS)

“Evening of the Arts” at middle school

1:00 p.m. assembly for school (regular school attire)

6:30 p.m.  report to MS dressed in black and white

7:00 p.m. CONCERT


Thursday, May 26, 2022  Festival of the Arts,  OVERTURE ORCHESTRA

Spring Concert 7:00 p.m.  MTES


Friday, June 2, 2022, SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA performs at 11 a.m. for 3rd and 4th graders 

(no parents)