Join us in fall to support talented, enthusiastic students of all ages performing in small ensembles with professional musicians.

**Look for registration and information on our 2023-24 Piano Trio festival events in late September 2023. We are planning two Trio festivals this season: Nov 11 & 12, 2023 and Jan 20 & 21, 2024.**

What Are Trios?

Piano trios consist of three performers playing together collaboratively. Most commonly, a piano trio consists of a violinist, cellist, and a pianist, but some instruments can be substituted for others. Here at Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma, we enlist a professional musician for each role, and our students may perform on piano, violin, cello, or an alternate instrument as the composition allows.

Participation in a trio can help music students of all ages get their first taste of collaborative music in a wide-reaching musical community. Many music students do not play with small ensembles. It is our belief at ORS that participation in small ensembles like a trio can quickly grow important skills in communication, musicality, and confidence. Our participants have seen their skills grow. The experience is impactful for both students and their families:

I have participated in the Orchestral Recital Series since 2017. It has been a great experience, and I love collaborating with professional musicians. They have given me amazing feedback that I doubt I could have gotten elsewhere.

Enzo Zhao, 11 years old

I always remember the cellist and violinist at the trios working with [our son] to develop a Star Wars piece, because our 5th-grade son really wanted to play Star Wars, and to watch the learning and the collaboration with him. It was wonderful. And then, at a costume recital, when the cellist came out in a Mr. Incredible costume, my son's heart was big and ready to burst. It was a relationship that continued until he was 18.

I recall one time, sitting in the parking lot with [our daughter] when she was to go in for a performance, and she was so nervous. But she mustered up the courage to get out there on the concert stage and play her piece. And today, she attributes her poise, her excellence on a stage, behind a microphone and public speaking, she's spoken to groups of over 3,000 people, she's spoken at the United Nations, she attributes that in part to the support and the skills she learned on the concert stage through the trios and through ORS.

Barbie Anderson-Gonzales, ORS Parent


There are a few things to remember:

  1. Memorization is not required for chamber ensembles. However, memorization can enhance preparation.
  2. Students will be scheduled for two (2) required rehearsals. Teachers are expected to attend.
  3. If a student is performing an advanced piece, they may be asked to sign up for an extra (3rd) rehearsal, with an extra fee. This option is always available to any student who desires the extra rehearsal.
  4. If a student is not prepared for the performance, they will be invited to perform the following year.
  5. Repeats are only to be used for very small sections or very short pieces. Repeats of Expositions, Development sections, etc., are not permitted.
  6. When timing a student’s repertoire, do not include repeats.
  7. Students are expected to dress as professional performers: business casual to formal is appropriate. No strapless or low-cut tops or dresses, no short skirts or dresses above the knee, no denim, and no spandex or leggings when worn by themselves.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns, using the button below.


Registration fees and rehearsal amount are subject to change.

(subject to change)
1 to 3 minutes
10 minutes
5 minutes
Over 3 to 5 minutes
10 minutes
10 minutes
Over 3 to 5 minutes, Difficult
15 minutes
15 minutes
B2 (difficult)
Over 5 to 10 minutes
20 minutes
15 minutes
Over 10 to 15 minutes
25 minutes
15 minutes
Over 15 to 20 minutes
30 minutes
20 minutes
Extra 3rd Rehearsal for Category A, B, B2
10 minutes
Extra 3rd Rehearsal for Category C, D, E
20 minutes


Throughout all of the ORS-Tacoma events, you will see the many benefits students and the community experience through the dedication and time of the many teachers, students, musicians, parents and volunteers who make each event an experience to remember.

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