High School Orchestra
Courses

Freshmen Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters)

The MHS Freshmen Orchestras are open to any freshmen student who has previous experience playing the violin, viola, cello or the double bass. This class is designed to continue to advance the skills and musicianship learned in Eighth Grade Orchestra. This performance based class will teach diverse musical styles and will focus on developing proper technique, music theory, rehearsal and performance. Enrollment is by audition and director recommendation only. The Freshmen Orchestras concentrate on the basic fundamentals of instrumental music (extended note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.) These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances.


Prerequisites: 8th Grade Orchestra & Director Recommendation
*2014/2015 Fee: $25.00

 

 

Concert Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters)

The MHS Concert Orchestras are open to all students in grades 10 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello or the double bass. This class is designed to continue to advance the skills and musicianship learned in Freshmen Orchestra. Proper technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group. Enrollment is by audition and director recommendation only. The Concert Orchestras concentrate on intermediate skills of instrumental music (extended note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.) These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances.


Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation
*2014/2015 Fee: $25.00

 

 

Philharmonic Orchestra (1 credit – 2 semesters)

The MHS Philharmonic Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra which is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who play violin, viola, cello or bass. This ensemble is geared towards juniors and seniors and prepares them for entering the Symphony Orchestra. Enrollment will be by audition and director(s) recommendation and based on the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. This performance-based class will include Class A concert literature and will teach advanced skills and musicianship in string playing. Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, OMEA district contests and occasional after school rehearsals.


Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation
*2014/2015 Fee: $25.00

 

 

Symphony Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters)

The MHS Symphony Orchestra is a highly select group performing the finest in orchestral literature, which allows freshmen and sophomores to participate with Honors Symphony Orchestra. Proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the 2 semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Freshmen and sophomores will be introduced to and adjust to the demands of advanced orchestral technique while participating with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Students must complete specified criteria outlined during the audition process, in order to participate in the ensemble. Freshmen and sophomores will not receive honors credit.


Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation
*2014/2015 Fee: $25.00

 

 

Honors Symphony Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters)

The MHS Honors Symphony Orchestra is a highly select group who performs the finest in orchestral literature. Proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the 2 semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Juniors will be taking Level II of the course, complete additional requirements and will receive honors credit. Seniors will be taking Level III of the course, complete advanced requirements and will receive honors credit. Participation in OMEA adjudicated events for all levels will be required.


Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation
*2014/2015 Fee: $25.00