Local nonprofit looking for young musicians

Elemental Strings is inviting students in third or fourth grade who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments with a minimum of eight months experience to audition for Elemental Band.

Auditions will take place Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Will Rogers Elementary School, located at 2401 14th St.

The band, which will be forming for the first time for the 2013-14 school year, will be directed by Jessica Swift, an elementary music teacher for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Other music teachers will also join the team.

The Elemental Strings Orchestra Program currently runs two ensembles — Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia. Students rehearse weekly at John Adams Middle School, under the direction of Jason Aiello, assistant director of orchestras at Santa Monica High School, and Josephine Moerschel.

Over 400 students in the community have been part of Elemental Strings since its inception in 2004, officials with the nonprofit said.

Elemental Strings is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality music instruc- tion to young musicians through a youth orchestra/band environment, according to their website.

For more information, visit http://www.elementalstrings.com/auditions.