The high school orchestra program provides an opportunity for students to continue their study of a string instrument throughout high school. The program provides its members an opportunity to represent the school and community through a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. Students registering for orchestra must have previous experience playing a stringed instrument (violin/viola/cello/upright bass). After registration, orchestra members will be placed in an ensemble based upon student ability/experience and the ensemble’s instrumentation needs, as determined by the director. The group is dedicated to the study, preparation and performance of music from a variety of musical time periods as well as a survey of music theory and music theory as it relates to the repertoire performed in class. Students perform four major concerts and participate in multiple festivals and contests throughout the year. Additional opportunities include: Chamber Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Honor Orchestras, Solo/Ensemble Contest, Large Group Contest and small ensemble performances. Students may be placed in one of three Orchestras: Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra.