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Very Easy – Easy (Gr. 0.5–1.5)



Breaking Free
Grade .5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Written to describe the feeling of waking up after an annoying dream, Breaking Free is an intense concert opener. With semi-lyrical writing in the middle of the work, students will have an opportunity to show off their musicianship as well as their strong, aggressive playing.



A Silent Night in Scarborough
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Scarborough Fair and Silent Night are wonderfully beautiful works in minor keys. Who would have thought that mixing them together would work so well? Paired perfectly with the String Ensemble, arranger Tyler Arcari has woven these timeless classics together into a delicate and gorgeous new work.


Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Written as a follow-up to composer Tyler Arcari’s widely popular work Acidic, Alkaline takes an ironically less “basic” approach in this accessible work for developing string orchestras. The introduction features a clever ostinato pattern that will transport you to the cinema, great parts for the Basses and Cellos, as well as a lush harmonic section make Alkaline a hit!


Grade .5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Using only the first six notes of the D scale, composer/arranger Tyler Arcari found a way to combine, in quodlibet, four classic carols into a delightful setting for the youngest of orchestra musicians. Your first-year students will shine as they delight audiences with I Saw Three Ships, Patapan, in Dulci Jubilo, and Deck the Halls.


Sharp Attack!
Grade 1 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Make every week sharp week with your beginning string students. Composer Tyler Arcari gives us a fun teaching piece to help students remember their sharps! Every sharp is clearly indicated to reinforce how accidentals come before the note. The key of b minor brings intensity to the work and adding the optional household percussion only enhances the excitement.


Aliens in the Attic
Grade 1 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Aliens are here! This exciting new work is full of sound effects, drama, and suspense! Tyler Arcari weaves a dramatic tale of an Alien invasion from above…your attic to be exact! Your students will be asking to play this one over and over!


Grade 0.5 - Wingert-Jones Publications


Abstraction is a quick-spirited, dramatic new work for beginning string orchestra. Using only the first six notes of the D Major scale, Tyler Arcari brings us an intense work suitable for a concert opener, or closer. Natural bowing and some basic Pizz. technique will have your orchestra playing strong and sounding great!


Christmas Ringtones
Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Set your beginners up for success this Christmas with this interactive work! Full of theatrics and audience participation, it’s a winning combination of function and flair! Using only the first six notes in the D scale (and a few random ringtones on your personal device), this piece is perfect for reinforcing musical fundamentals as well as being a great icebreaker for your beginners’ first performance. A definite crowd pleaser!


Qin Shi's Stone Army
Grade 1.0 - Carl Fischer Music, LLC

"The Terra-Cotta Army that guards the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang is nearly 8,000 warriors strong. This new piece for beginning ensembles is set to depict these magnificent stone soldiers. It will sound rich and full, even with less experienced players."


Grade 1.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

Tyler Arcari brings us a driving contest piece that is sure to keep your students motivated. Cinematic-like orchestra hits and biting rhythms make for a fun experience, while lyrical contrast in the B-section is perfect for introducing expressive playing. Your students will ask to play this one over and over!


Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Exciting and intense from start to finish, Threshold doesn't hold back. Driving and fun, the work has moments of lyrical expressiveness using only the first six notes of the D major scale."

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A Torch Was Brought
Grade 1.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"This setting of the 17th-century Christmas carol Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella will be a great addition to your holiday library. Full of musical opportunities, young musicians will find ample opportunities to grow. Perfect for a winter concert."


Anthem of Triumph
Grade 0.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Anthem of Triumph is for all of the students who have made it to their first spring concert! Utilizing only the first six notes of the D-major scale, this exciting anthem will inspire young musicians. Perfect for beginners or as a celebration piece for events."

Medium Easy - Medium Advanced (Gr. 2 - 3+)



Attack of the Bow-barians!
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


The Bow-barians are attacking! This fun and quirky title is the perfect descriptor of this new work for String Orchestra by composer Tyler Arcari. Each section has a chance to shine with the melody in this raucous and fun-filled work - making it a guaranteed hit with the players and audience. You will have a lot of fun with this one!



Absolutely Beethoven
Grade 2.5 -Kendor Music Publishing


This clever mash-up of popular Beethoven works has been carefully orchestrated for the developing string orchestra. Arranger Tyler Arcari brings us timeless classics ahead of when students would normally be able to play them with this unique arrangement..



Spoon River
Grade 4.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Percy Grainger's music is considered an iconic sound from the last century - this new arrangement of his piano setting brings Spoon River to the advanced String Orchestra. Challenging, yet monumentally rewarding for both musicians and audiences, this work will have everyone on their feet and clapping. Grainger's music speaks to the soul, and this new addition to the String repertoire is no different!


Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


As the title suggests, the lyrical thematic material effortlessly dovetails from one section of the piece to the other. The melodic material is lush and flowing while the pizzicato accompaniment gives the contrast and forward momentum that makes this work feel so right. Wonderful writing from composer Tyler Arcari.


Grade 4.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Spirit is a rousing piece in 6/8 time. It opens with a lush harmonic presentation of thematic material to set the mood before flying into a jaunty Celtic-style romp. Dedicated to his wife Heather, composer Tyler Arcari has written a work that reflects the same strength and wonder for life that he sees in her.


Carol of the Rising Bells
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Open your next holiday concert with this impactful and clever pairing of two folk tunes: House of the Rising Sun and Ukrainian Bell Carol. It begins ominously and proceeds to combine both tunes in a special way. Arranged for developing orchestra, this is sure to add something unique to your winter program.

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Ai Hai Yo
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"This Chinese folk song is used as a blessing for a bountiful harvest and a good year. Folk songs speak to the common man. Hardships and hope abound when we all realize that something as simple as a few notes in time can bridge the gap of thousands of years of cultural differences and distance across our large planet."


Coming Back
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

Commissioned during Covid-19, this work is meant to inspire us as we “Come Back” to normal. Hopeful, and mostly upbeat, the work has moments of tension and sadness that underscore the year that we have had through music. We all hope to get back to normal soon, and Coming Back is a perfect anthem for that sentiment.


Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Hauntingly beautiful, soaring melodies are passed to all players, featuring the violas prominently. Solos for all sections make this a great teaching piece for the developing string ensemble, with a rubato style that will stretch their musicianship as an ensemble."


Desert Winds
Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"Inspired by the rugged landscape of the deserts of the American West where the wind across the flat earth sings an eerie tune. This soundscape is the composer's attempt to put this idea into sound."


Curse of Tortuga
Grade 2.5 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

"During the 17th century, Tortuga was a veritable headquarters and hideout for pirates! This drama is brought to life in a mysterious and fast-paced piece for string orchestra. Young musicians and audiences will enjoy all the intrigue of swashbucklers and thieves."


The Garden
Grade 2.0 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC


Written for a dear friend and her social media posts about her cool Florida garden, Tyler Arcari crafts a heart-felt tribute perfectly suited for contest and festival. Very Copland-like, very accessible, along with lots of opportunities for expressive and contest-style playing.


Sea Shanty Saga
Grade 3.5 - Wingert-Jones Publications

Who would have thought that sea shanties would have caused a huge social media craze? These 3 classic yet timely shanties are scored for String Orchestra. These are also perfectly suitable for festival performance in addition to the countless other applications of this fun and energetic music!


Beyond the Veil
Grade 4 - Excelcia Music Publishing, LLC

Beyond the Veil is an exciting and intense new work for String Orchestra. Full of all the drama and intrigue we have come to expect from Tyler. Perfect as an opener or concert closer!

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