Most freshmen will be placed in a Freshmen Orchestra. This course will continue to build upon the skills learned in eighth grade orchestra. All students will be placed in an orchestra based on the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. There is no additional audition and all students with previous string playing experience are welcomed to participate.
Concert Orchestras are open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors and will focus on continuing to improve and advance string performance skills such as advanced shifting, vibrato, bow techniques, and ensemble performance. All students will be placed in an orchestra based on the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. There is no additional audition needed for current Mason High School Orchestra students and all students with previous string playing experience are welcomed to participate. Any student new to the Mason Orchestra Program must schedule an audition.
Philharmonic Orchestra is a higher level ensemble and is open by audition only. Admission to Philharmonic Orchestra will be dependent upon instrumentation needs and audition results. Priority will be given to juniors and seniors.
Over the past ten years, they have had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center in New York City, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, and The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Mason Orchestra students have worked in collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Barrage, Section Quartet, composer Roger Zare, and Time for Three.
Honors Symphony Orchestra
Members of this ensemble are required to take private lessons and participate in Solo and Ensemble adjudication. Mason orchestra students are well represented in numerous local youth orchestras, as well as competitive regional and All-state honor ensembles. They continue to receive unanimous superior ratings at state orchestra adjudicated events. The orchestra regularly invites guest clinicians, composers, and professional musicians to work with them throughout the school year.
Symphony Orchestra has received state and national recognition since it was formed in 2006. In addition to the Capital Orchestra Festival, the ensemble has been invited to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Development Conference, National Orchestra Cup, and ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Over the past ten years, they have had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center in New York City, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.