Middle Grades Program of Studies - Orchestra
The 5th grade Philharmonia Orchestra class offers beginning instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass instruments with a focus on the skills necessary for long-term success. Fundamentals stressed include proper posture and playing position, development of characteristic tone quality and training in music literacy.
The 6th grade Sinfonia Orchestra is for students with at least one year of experience and who already have an understanding of basic music reading, instrument assembly and maintenance, correct playing position and sound tone production. Instruction offers continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills and music literacy.
The 7th grade Concert Orchestra is one of the advanced performing orchestra groups in our school. Concert orchestra is composed of students on all of the major string instruments and has had at least three years of experience playing their instrument. Instruction concentrates on advanced technical and expressive skills in an ensemble-focused setting.
The 8th grade Chamber Orchestra is an advanced ensemble comprised of experienced student players with at least four years of experience playing their instrument. Based on the chamber orchestra concept and the literature written for this medium, the Chamber Orchestra is the top-performing orchestra in the school. Instruction concentrates on advanced technical and expressive skills in chamber orchestra ensemble.
The Fiddle Club
The Fiddle Club is open to all orchestra students grades 6th – 8th and any 5th grade orchestra student who has had previous playing experience on their instrument or who is currently taking private lessons. Fiddle Club will meet on Tuesdays from 2:51 until 3:30. This group works on a variety of traditional fiddle tunes and will perform in the orchestra concerts.
The Electric Orchestra
The Electric Orchestra is open to all orchestra students grades 6th – 8th and any 5th grade orchestra student who has had previous playing experience on their instrument or who is currently taking private lessons. The Electric Orchestra will meet on Tuesdays from 6:50 to 7:20 am. This group will be working on improvisation skills, learning a variety of popular/rock music, learning choreography and movement, and receive hands on experience with music technology.