An audition only string orchestra comprised of students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. This is a highly selective and motivated group of string players. Philharmonic Orchestra performs a rigorous array of string orchestra literature ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Philharmonic Orchestra regularly combines with members of the band and choir to perform major works from the Symphonic repertoire. The Philharmonic Orchestra participates in the SKMEA large group contest, Solo and Ensemble contest, and a variety of other regional festivals. The group performs regularly throughout the year at school concerts and community events. In the spring, this group collaborates with members from the band and choir to present the Masterworks Concert, which features up to five students performing concerto movements or arias with full orchestra, and a major work for choir and orchestra. Auditions for the Philharmonic 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.