Orchestra is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have had at least one year of strings instruction. The function of both classes is to provide a sound musical education in a string orchestra setting. Orchestra playing develops ensemble skills, music theory and history, discipline, and group spirit. Music will be carefully balanced to challenge the wide range of playing levels in orchestra.

Orchestra programs are offered before school, during zero period, 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Students should be in their seats with the instruments unpacked by 7:40.


During some weeks, portions of the orchestra will meet for sectional rehearsals to allow students to work more specifically on individual parts. The schedule for sectionals will be announced weekly. If a sectional in which a student is not included is scheduled, the student does not attend zero period that day. At the beginning of the year and close to concert time, the full orchestras will rehearse five days a week.


Students are expected to practice at home a minimum of 60 minutes per week and complete a practice record. The practice record, on which a student records daily practice outside of class, is an important communication between home and school. It reflects the student’s work outside of the classroom and represents practice time, not performance level.  Practice records must be signed by a parent.


6th Grade Orchestra

String Orchestra

Back-to-School Night 2012 String Orchestra performance: https://vimeo.com/49435590