Who Can Join the Orchestra?
6th to 12th grade students can take String Orchestra as one of their fun and exciting after school electives.
NO experience is necessary!
The School Orchestra Program is an opportunity for students to learn one of four string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) and play in a string ensemble. The focus of the class is reading music, playing under a conductor, developing ensemble skills, and performing beginning to intermediate grade level music. This class will also prepare students for an audition into the Chamber Music Program or the CAPAA Program. This program does not supply the instrument and students are encouraged to rent with a respectable instrument shop.
Begins August 30
East Campus Orchestra meets at EOMS, Tuesdays & Fridays 4-5pm (Sam Meade)
OC Campus Orchestra meets at OCMS, Wednesdays & Fridays 4-5pm (Katherine Reardon)
North Campus Orchestra meets at NOMS, Mondays & Thursdays, 4-5pm (Elise)
South Campus Orchestra meets at SOMS, Mondays & Thursdays 4-5pm (Sam Meade)
Does Everyone who signs up for orchestra get in?
Yes! EVERYONE who wants to be in Orchestra can participate!
What does it cost?
The program is FREE: 30-week year Full Scholarship for students enrolled in OC District. However, there are two things that will need to be rented or purchased.
•A Method Book
•An instrument: There are several sources for string instruments, but most students rent an instrument.
You can choose from any of the following instruments:
•The violin is the “small” of the orchestra family. Because its strings are the shortest, it produces the highest sound. Violins can play sitting down or standing up because it’s played on the violinist’s left shoulder – even if you’re right-handed!
•The viola is the “medium” of the orchestra, and a very important member of the orchestra. Because it is bigger than the violin, with longer strings, it makes a rich, warm sound that is lower in pitch. It's a little heavier than the violin, but it is still played on the violist's left arm.
•The cello is the “large” of the orchestra and plays even lower than the viola. To support its longer strings, it's more than twice as big as the viola - so cellists sit down, resting the instrument upright against their bodies. The cello section of the orchestra makes a big, powerful sound.
•The bass is the “super size” of the orchestra and acts as the foundation. These deep instruments add the lower notes to the orchestra sound. The instrument is often taller than the person that plays it! Because the orchestra depends on the bass section, we need lots of extra adventurous kids to play the bass!
Informational & Registration Meeting for parents at OCSAC: TBA
Begins August 30
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