High School Orchestra
Courses & Programs

Stephanie Jones is in her thirteenth year as Director of Orchestras at Mason High School, where she founded the program for the Mason City Schools in 2002. Under her leadership, the program has grown from a beginning sixth grade class of 70 in 2002 to over 1,100 students in the sixth through twelfth grades. Prior to her appointment at Mason, Mrs. Jones taught for four years in the West Clermont School District where she also started a string orchestra program. Orchestras under Mrs. Jones' direction have been invited to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conference, the National Orchestra Cup, the National Orchestra Festival, and have collaborated with numerous ensembles and artists including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Barrage, Christian Howes, Section Quartet, and Time for Three. Orchestras conducted by Mrs. Jones have consistently received superior ratings, honors, and high accolades at numerous state and national events. Mrs. Jones directs approximately 300 students in six different ensembles at Mason High School including the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestras Green and White, and Freshmen Orchestras Green and White. She is a member of American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Delta Omicron, and Phi Kappa Phi. Mrs. Jones has served on the state board of OMEA as Southwest Region Chair and has chaired numerous OMEA district and region honor orchestras. Mrs. Jones was designated a Master Teacher by the Ohio Department of Education in 2011 and was nominated for Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2004.


Mrs. Jones is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended Wyoming High School. She received Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance degrees from Miami University. She earned the Master of Music in Conducting from Messiah College in 2012. Stephanie is married to Dr. Brandon Jones, associate professor of music at Wittenberg University. They reside in Mason, Ohio with their adorable daughters Cecilia (age 6) and Alaina (age 2).

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Symphony Orchestra

High School

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 thethree trimesters. 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.

 

 

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Concert Green and White Orchestras

High School

The MHS Concert Orchestras are open to all students in grades 9 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello or the double bass. 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 the basic fundamentals of instrumental music (note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.) These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances.

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Philharmonic Orchestra

High School

The MHS Philharmonic Orchestra meets for two semesters and 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. Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, OMEA district contests and occasional after school rehearsals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Freshman Green and White Orchestras

High School

The MHS Freshman Orchestras are open to all students in grades 9 who play violin, viola, cello or the double bass. 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 the basic fundamentals of instrumental music (note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.) These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances.