Course Descriptions

  • Chamber Orchestra
    Prerequisite:
    Instructor approval through audition

    *Chamber Orchestra students are comfortable with shifting to all positions through at least 5th position, three-octave scales and grade level 4+ literature

    Chamber Orchestra aims to develop an understanding and appreciation of various musical styles and genres through performance. Emphasis is placed on the improvement of ensemble playing. Members of this ensemble are selected to perform for school and community events throughout the year. This ensemble participates in various music festivals/contests. Students selected for Chamber Orchestra demonstrate an above-average understanding of their instrument and display a high level of musical sophistication through their performance. Attendance at scheduled performances is required and is considered part of the student’s grade.

     

       


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    Symphonic Strings 
    Prerequisite:
    At least two years prior experience on selected instrument and instructor approval.

    *Symphonic Strings students are comfortable with shifting to and playing in third position, two-octave scales and grade level 3+ literature

    Symphonic Strings is an intermediate high school performance class that builds on skills students have acquired in previous instrumental study. Emphasis is placed on developing skills specific to each instrument while contributing meaningfully to an ensemble. Literature is geared to the members’ abilities with emphasis being placed on improvement of tone quality, reading skills and technical proficiency,. This ensemble may participate at music festivals/contests at the discretion of the director. Attendance at scheduled performances is required and is considered part of the student’s grade.

     

     


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    Concert Strings
    Prerequisite
    : Instructor approval

    *Concert Strings students are comfortable with all finger patterns in first position, one-octave scales and grade level 2+ literature

    Concert Strings is an introductory class to high school instrumental strings and ensemble performance. This is a training group to prepare students to participate in upper-level performance classes. Emphasis is placed on developing technique, music reading skills and basic ensemble playing. Attendance at scheduled performances is required and is considered part of the student’s grade.