Orchestra at Vernon Hills High School
There are three curricular orchestras at Vernon Hills High School with a total of 175 string students. The orchestras meet separately as daily elective classes. All freshmen begin in Concert Orchestra, and students advance to Philharmonic Orchestra as sophomores. Symphony Orchestra is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors by audition and includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The Jazz Strings is an extra-curricular ensemble open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The Vernon Hills High School Orchestra program has an established tradition of excellence with performances at the IMEA All-State Conference in Peoria in 2004 and 2013, the MENC National Conference in 2008 and 2012, the Midwest Clinic in 2009, and at Chicago's Symphony Center in 2011 (pictured to the right). The orchestra has toured internationally to China in 2001, Spain in 2006, Italy in 2008, Austria in 2012, and a return to Spain in 2014. The orchestra is embarking on a tour of Cuba in 2016. The VHHS Symphony Orchestra has also been featured on WFMT's "Introductions" program (audio link).
The Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra has been selected as a performance group for the 2015 Midwest Clinic.
Director of Orchestras
Assistant Director of Orchestras
Haley received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied classical saxophone with Dr. Otis Murphy. At Indiana University, she benefited from the instruction of esteemed professors in both the performance and education programs, providing a foundation for further opportunities.
In addition to playing in the traditional wind ensembles at IU, Haley also became extremely involved in extra-curricular performing groups. She was a three year member of the IU Marching Hundred where she received opportunities to perform for the Indianapolis Colts, at Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl, and regularly at multiple Big Ten venues. Similarly, Haley also performed in the Big Red Basketball Band for three years in NCAA games and tournaments. Aside from the numerous performance opportunities, Haley was selected as an Undergraduate Staff member for the Marching Hundred where she rehearsed and led band camp rehearsals, daily sectionals, and was a mentor for first year members.
As a student teacher at Bloomington High School North, Haley gained extensive experience with the numerous concert, jazz and marching bands. She led improvisation workshops as well as directed the jazz bands at the Bloomington Jazz Fest. When the top group was selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville, Haley was given the opportunity to assist in their performance as well as attend jazz pedagogy courses. Additionally, she was also on staff for the Cougar Marching Band during their 2015 season when they competed in the state finals. She later accompanied the group to Los Angeles where they were selected to perform in the 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Haley is ecstatic to be a member of the Vernon Hills Fine Arts Department and feels extremely fortunate to begin her career in such a wonderful musical environment. She will be teaching the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Concert Band while also directing the brand-new Basketball Pep Band this upcoming winter.