EMO is home to four string orchestras, offering every student an option best suited to his or her own abilities:
String Orchestra Minijouset (‘Mini Strings’)
Mini Strings rehearses in Joukola on Tuesdays from 4.30pm to 6.15pm under the direction of Sirkka Kuula. Players have normally achieved Basic Level One (or below). This orchestra often works together with Mini Bellows, EMO’s orchestra for young accordion players.
String Orchestra Poca a poco
Poco a poco rehearses in Joukola on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm under the direction of Pirkko Simojoki. Players in this orchestra are normally of a playing standard between Basic Levels One and Two.
Chamber Orchestra Crescendo
Crescendo rehearses in Joukola on Wednesdays from 5.30 pm to 7.30pm under the direction of Olli Vartiainen. Players in this orchestra are normally of a playing standard between Basic Levels Two and Three. Crescendo often invites wind players and other musicians, such as percussionists and harpists, to join in the fun as necessary.