Instrumental Music Program 

Highlights of Instrumental Music Program

  • Chamber Music Experience

  • Solo Performances

  • Instruction by Leading DC Musicians and Teachers

  • Orchestral Experience

  • Exposure to a wide variety of musical stules

The Instrumental Music Program is a community music program sponsored by Pilgrim Lutheran Church for talented middle-school to High School Students. Each week students are assigned chamber works and instrumental solos to perform for both Sunday Services and special concerts. Students are coached by leading Washington DC conductors and members from the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra. 

Student Musicians gain experience by performing for audience members each week which helps enable them to perform later on in other public settings.  Students also gain experience performing a wide range of music from Classical, Broadway and Christian rock standards. 

The Ensemble rehearses and performs every Sunday at 10 AM -12PM. Additional Chamber group instruction is on Wednesday evenings at 5:30-6:30 PM. 

The Instrumental Music Program is run by World-Renowned Conductor, Michael Rossi. 

Michael Rossi recently made debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonia de Xalapa as well as the opening season concerts and First Annual PepsiCo National Young Artist Competition with the Charleston Symphony. He made his international debut conducting Plácido Domingo and the Chinese National Opera Orchestra in Beijing in a live television broadcast.

As an opera conductor he made his Washington National Opera Main Stage Debut conducting Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and was then engaged for a production of WNO’s Hansel & Gretel.  He also led the WNO Orchestra for the first National Endowment of the Arts Opera Honors, which was broadcast live on NPR and the orchestra’s Strathmore Hall Debut concert.

In 2011, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the premiere of Marcos Galvany’s opera Oh My Son and has recently recorded the album that will be released in late 2014. Michael graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, having been selected for the program by world- renowned tenor Plácido Domingo. Michael was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen in 2009 and 2010 where he studied with David Zinman, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff. He was selected by Kurt Masur to participate in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music in 2010 and 2012. Mr. Rossi is following the path of many conductors who began their careers first as instrumentalists. At the age of 22, he won the position of 2nd Trumpet in the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.


Instrumental Music Program FAQ's

Do I need to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church for to participate?

No, we have musicians from all over the DC area who perform with us each week. 

Are there auditions

Auditions are not required but we do like to hear students either in person or tape to best place them with other students. 

Is there a cost to join ?

There is no cost to join the ensemble at this time.

How to Join

Please fill out the form below to schedule an meeting with Maestro Rossi. 

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