STRINGS

ENSEMBLES  

Freshman Concert Orchestra Strings

Instructor: Jeri Muehleise

Note: Orchestra Wind/Percussion players are automatically enrolled in

Freshman Band

Students in Freshman Concert Orchestra study significant orchestral literature. FCO is open to all 9th grade string players, and to selected wind and percussion players on the basis of auditions held in the spring. Four rehearsals are scheduled per week. In order to continue to progress properly on their instruments, students who are not taking private lessons outside of school are required to schedule a weekly 15-minue lesson during a free period, concurrently during an ensemble, lunch or before or after school. Lesson assessment will be part of the course grade. All 9th grade wind/percussion students who satisfy the orchestra audition will be scheduled for two days each of Freshman Concert Orchestra and Freshman Band, receiving one-half (1/2) credit for each. The FCO performs at several concerts during the school year.

Sophomore Orchestra Strings

Instructor: Carrie Mascaro

Note: Orchestra Wind/Percussion players are automatically enrolled in Sophomore Band

Students in Sophomore Orchestra study significant orchestral literature. SOS is open to all sophomore string players, and selected wind and percussion players on the basis of auditions held in February. In order to continue to progress properly on their instruments, students who are not taking private lessons outside of school are required to schedule a weekly 15-minute lesson during a free period, concurrently during an ensemble, during lunch, or before or after school. Lesson assessment will be part of the course grade. All sophomore wind/percussion students who satisfy the orchestra audition will be scheduled for two days of Sophomore Orchestra and two days of Sophomore Band, receiving one-half (1/2) credit for each. The SOS performs at several concerts during the school year.

Symphonic Orchestra Strings

Instructor: Carrie Mascaro

Note: Orchestra Wind/Percussion players are automatically enrolled in

Symphonic Band

4 days per week

Students in Symphonic Orchestra study significant and standard orchestral literature. SOS is open to all junior and senior string players and to selected wind and percussion players on the basis of auditions held in February. Sophomores who can perform a Level V solo may be considered for admission into this advanced level group through a rigorous audition process held in February. Four rehearsals are scheduled per week: two for full orchestra and two for strings only. Strings attend all four rehearsals while wind and percussion meet for rehearsal two days per week only. The alternate two days they will be enrolled in Symphonic Band in order to further develop their musical skills. In order to continue to progress properly on their instruments, students who are not taking private lessons outside of school are required to schedule a weekly 15-minute lesson during one free period per week, concurrently during an ensemble, lunch or before or after school. Lesson assessment will be part of the course grade. The SO plays for the Candlelight Concert, Youth Concert, Spring Concert and occasionally participates in exchange programs and festivals with other high schools.

Chamber Orchestra

Instructor: Carrie Mascaro

The Staples Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned, selective string orchestra open to all students, grades 9 - 12 who are currently enrolled in the Staples Orchestra program.  Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.  Auditions take place at the beginning of the school year and all members must re-audition every year.  The Chamber Orchestra schedules an annual Master Class, either in Boston or New York, in addition to performing for community organizations.

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