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No prior experience is required! Students enrolled in beginning orchestra will learn to play an orchestral instrument (violin, viola, cello or string bass). We study music reading and notation, technique, scales and ensemble playing. We study a variety of styles including classical, dramatic, fiddling, Celtic, rock, world music, and more.

There are several optional opportunities for advancing students who wish to excel in music including all-county, regional orchestra, youth symphony, competitions, and many optional field trips. Students earn medals for many of the extras. Colleges love music students who excel in music!


2014 - VBODA District III Orchestra Assessment - Superior rating
2014 - VBODA District III Orchestra Assessment - three superior scores.
2015 - VBODA District III Orchestra Assessment - Superior rating
2015 - VBODA District III Solo & Ensemble Assessment - three superior scores

Time Commitment:

The orchestra presents a winter and spring concert annually, and we also perform in VBODA District Orchestra Assessment. There are approximately six required after school rehearsals in preparation for each. Additionally, students are required to practice at home for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.

When a student enters a performing organization, it is vital that the student and his/her parents accept the responsibility attached to that privilege and meet performance obligations. Failure to participate at a public performance or failure to attend a major rehearsal for reasons other than those listed below will be valid criteria for dismissal from the performing group and/or will be taken into account as a part of the grading process.

Excuses for absence from performances and major pre-announced rehearsals include the following circumstances:
• personal illness or serious illness of a member of the family;
• direct participation in religious services (cleared well in advance);
• other school functions (cleared with the performing arts teacher at least four weeks in advance);
• other extenuating circumstances (at the discretion of the performing arts teacher).


Orchestra is a co-curricular class. Students must be enrolled in the school orchestra class AND commit to a number of rehearsals and concerts outside the school day. These required dates are announced at the start of the school year.

Student must provide a their own instrument, or a school instrument may be borrowed for a $50 annual fee. A music book ($7) and materials fee ($5) is also required.

Concert attire for gentlemen: Collared (oxford type) dress shirt with a tie or bow tie, dress pants, dark socks, and dress shoes. Suit jacket is optional. No polo shirts.

Concert attire for ladies: Long dress pants or a long (ankle-length) skirt, with a dressy solid color blouse (no see-through, no sleeveless, and no exposed cleavage), and dress shoes. (Flats are fine).

Other Information:

Our director was selected by SBO magazine to represent Virginia in the 17th annual report "50 Directors Who Make a Difference."