Honors String Classes
HONORS STRINGS 4-6 (Prerequisite for each class: Audition only)
All high school string majors are enrolled in an honors strings technique class that is appropriate for their level. In these classes, students will focus on individual technique through the study of scales, etudes, and orchestral excerpts drawn from the literature they are studying in their large ensemble classes. Students will be expected to perform “alone and in groups” (Natl. Standard #2) when demonstrating the skills they have learned.
STRINGS 4 HONORS
Strings 4 is the technique course taken in conjunction with String Orchestra, and it is designed to continue technical study on the orchestral stringed instruments. Students learn three-octave major and minor scales in keys from two sharps to two flats. They will study exercises and etudes to develop better shifting and vibrato skills, and become proficient in higher positions on the fingerboard. Students will also continue their development of advancing techniques in bowing, articulation, and phrasing. Music terms, symbols, and music theory will also be studied, and chamber music performance will be required. At a part of this class, students are required to audition for Region Orchestra and participate in the Lowcountry Region if/when they qualify.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 5 HONORS
Chamber 5 Honors is taken in conjunction with Symphony Orchestra and is designed to continue technique study on stringed instruments. Students are required to learn 3 octave major and minor scales from four sharps to four flats, become proficient in higher positions and alternate clefs, and perform etudes to demonstrate advancing techniques in bowing, articulation, and phrasing. Music terms, symbols, and music theory will also be studied. Participation in the South Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Division events is required.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 6 HONORS ("Sinfonietta") Grades 10-12 only
This course—taken in conjunction with Symphony Orchestra—is designed for the advanced string player to further improve performance skills, technique, and styles. In addition to Symphony music, students in this class would also study difficult string orchestra repertoire, as well as chamber music. Students will be expected to take a leading role in their individual practice and begin the senior thesis process. Participation in the South Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Division events is required.