WHS Orchestra A, B, C, D

Four Terms       Grades 10, 11, 12       Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the orchestra curriculum at WHS in Varsity Strings, or by audition, or by orchestra director’s approval.

WHS Orchestra is open to all students in GRADES 10, 11 & 12 who can show proficiency as players of their chosen traditional stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and double bass). The orchestra rehearses daily with individual lessons and group sectionals required as part of the course. Standard orchestral repertoire of intermediate to advanced difficulty from all musical periods will be studied. Performance of 3 octave major and minor scales, intonation, shifting, vibrato, bowing techniques, sight reading and refinement of ensemble playing will be part of the experience. Listening to our own performances and providing verbal and written critiques will be encouraged. Opportunities to hear live and recorded professional performances will be sought. The orchestra will participate in public performances scheduled at school and in the community. Performances take place outside the school day, and they are part of the graded requirements for the class. Opportunities to perform for contests, festivals and audition for Minnesota All-State Orchestra will be announced.
Students signing up for WHS Orchestra should register for BOTH WHS Orchestra A&B AND WHS Orchestra C&D.

Concert Choir / WHS Orchestra A, B, C, D

Four Terms Grades 10, 11, 12 Elective

The Concert Choir/WHS Orchestra option allows students to participate in BOTH Concert Choir and WHS Orchestra during the same class period. Students selecting this option will rotate between the two ensembles every other day. Students selecting this option will be responsible for meeting the performance and curriculum requirements of both ensembles while splitting their time between the two rehearsals. As a result, some independent practice will be required.