JOHNS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA


DESCRIPTION OF ENSEMBLES:

The “Sinfonia” Orchestra is a performance group comprised of 9th through 12th grade students. The students are selected through auditions and/or with the approval of the Orchestra Director, with the understanding that there will be out-of-school performances and rehearsals required of all members during the school year. The course will cover the mechanics of string instruments: note reading, rhythm, pitch discrimination, expression, and music literacy at a higher level. Students receive one hour elective credit for all music courses.

The “Philharmonia” Orchestra is a performance group comprised of 9th through 12th grade students. The students are selected through auditions and/or with the approval of the Orchestra Director, with the understanding that there will be out-of-school performances and rehearsals required of all members during the school year. The course will cover the mechanics of string instruments: note reading, rhythm, pitch discrimination, expression, and music literacy at a higher level. Students receive one hour elective credit for all music courses.

The “Chamber” Orchestra is the most challenging orchestra class comprised mostly of upper level students. The students are selected through auditions and/or with the approval of the Orchestra Director, with the understanding that there will be out-of-school performances and rehearsals required of all members during the school year. The course will cover the mechanics of string instruments: note reading, rhythm, pitch discrimination, expression, and music literacy at a higher level. Students receive one hour elective credit for all music courses.

Johns Creek High School Symphony is a full-orchestra that includes students from Chamber, select students from Philharmonia, winds, and percussion. The wind and percussion students in this orchestra are a group of selected students from JCHS Band through auditions and/or recommendation from the Director. The Johns Creek High School Symphony Orchestra usually rehearses once a week in the evenings and sometimes during class.

Chamber Strings is a selected ensemble that comprises members of the Johns Creek High School Orchestra that performs in special, smaller ensemble settings. The students are chosen based on their musical skills, dependability, and the commitment for success. The members of the Chamber Strings will sometimes be asked to perform at functions with a short notice; therefore, the students must be flexible. Additional rehearsals may be required.

Other String Ensembles (String Quartet, etc…)
All students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, such as string quartets, quintets, trios, etc…. The students’ musical understandings and appreciation about the composers and their work will be much enhanced through the performing of chamber music. The students will benefit much both musically and socially by participating in small ensembles. The students will generally rehearse before and/or after school.

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