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Concert Orchestra — Concert Orchestra is an entry level high school orchestra open to all freshman string players. No audition is required for this ensemble, although it expected that a student has experienced playing in an orchestra. Emphasis is placed on the development of intermediate and advanced playing techniques required for higher level literature, as well as sight-reading practice. The Concert Orchestra participates in the SKMEA large group contest, performs in the Winter and Spring Concerts, and combines with the other orchestras for the Quadrant Concert in February and the Leavenworth tour in May.
Symphonic Orchestra — Symphony Orchestra is open to all string players in grades 10-12 who have successfully completed one year of Concert Orchestra. No audition is required for this ensemble. Emphasis is placed on further development and musicianship. The Symphony Orchestra performs higher-level, authentic literature for string orchestra, and regularly combines with the Chamber Orchestra and selected members of the Wind Symphony to perform major works from the Symphonic repertoire. They participate in SKMEA large group contest, and the Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, OR. They perform in the Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts, and combine with the other orchestras for the Quadrant Concert and the Leavenworth tour. Selected members are chosen to augment the Chamber Orchestra as needed for the musical pit orchestra and the Masterworks Concert.
Chamber Orchestra — Chamber Orchestra is an advanced group of about sixteen string players selected by audition. Emphasis is placed on performance of authentic string orchestra literature from the Baroque era and advanced works from later periods. They combine with the Symphony Orchestra and selected members of the Wind Symphony to perform major works from the Symphonic repertoire. The Chamber Orchestra participates in the SKMEA large group contest, Solo and Ensemble Contest, and the Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, OR. They perform regularly throughout the year, at school concerts, community events, and run-out concerts. They serve as the core string section in the pit orchestra for musical productions which are presented bi-annually. In the spring, they collaborate with the choir to present the Masterworks Concert, which features up to five students performing concerto movements or arias with the orchestra, and a major work for choir and orchestra. Auditions for the Chamber Orchestra are held in February, and in late August for remaining openings. Auditions to perform a featured solo at the Masterworks Concert are open to all advanced music students and occur in late January.