Four Terms       Grades 9, 10, 11, 12       Elective

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the orchestra curriculum at the middle school level, or by audition, or by orchestra director’s approval.

ORCHESTRA is open to all students who can show proficiency as players of their chosen traditional stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass). The orchestra rehearses daily with individual lessons and group sectionals offered as part of the course. Standard orchestral repertoire of intermediate to advanced difficulty from all musical periods will be studied. Performance of 2 and 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. Opportunities to perform for contests, festivals and Minnesota All-State will be announced.