Our Orchestras

The School of the Arts is proud to offer two orchestra ensembles that meet as regular classes during the school day: Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra is made up of stringed instruments only- violin, viola, cello, and bass. The Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion instruments.

Students in both SOA High School Orchestras are involved in a rigorous routine of rehearsals and concerts and consistently earn high placements in state and national orchestras. Many of our students have been accepted into prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories and have gone on to become teachers, performers, and other music-related professionals.


CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 
Prerequisite: Audition or successful completion of 8th grade strings

Chamber Orchestra is the performing ensemble for string majors who have successfully auditioned to be in SOA High School Orchestra. String majors not participating in the SOA Symphony Orchestra are required to take the Chamber Technique class and perform in the Chamber Orchestra as their performing ensemble for their major. Students in this class study advanced string orchestral literature, and they participate in all state-sponsored events and select community performances. Students are required to wear formal uniforms at concerts and participate in all rehearsals, performances, festivals, and competitions.


SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  
Prerequisite: Audition only

Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble for strings, winds, brass, and percussion students who have achieved considerable skill on their instrument. Auditions for Symphony are in the spring for the following year’s class. To set up an audition, make an appointment with the symphony director. Students in this class perform collegiate and professional level orchestral literature, and they participate in all state-sponsored events and select community performances. Students are required to wear formal uniforms at concerts and participate in all rehearsals, performances, festivals, and competitions.