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The Fremd Orchestra program began in 1982 and performed as a combined orchestra with Palatine High School. Fremd’s orchestra program has grown from eight members in 1993 to four orchestras with 120 members. Each school in District 211 now has at least 3 orchestras and they all continue to grow! There will be four orchestras at Fremd High School for the 2015-16 school year: Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Strings and Symphony Orchestra. Each orchestra meets daily for 50 minutes and is an elective that meets graduation requirements. The Orchestras perform string and full orchestra music from a range of historical periods and twentieth century, including jazz and eclectic styles. Each orchestra typically performs 5-6 concerts throughout the year. Students will study the skills which include shifting, vibrato, different bowings, articulations, dynamics, keys and nuances associated with each composition. Periodically, the orchestras will travel and participate in out-of-state festivals. Requirements: Participation in all scheduled performances are required; completion of three semester concert reviews, various in-class and video , and in-class and video recorded playing quizzes. Students audition and are recommended in the spring for placement in one of the four orchestras. 
    Fremd Concert Orchestra generally includes 30-40 students, is open to string players in grades 9-12 and performs string orchestra repertoire. It is intended for students who have experience playing their instruments and who are proficient in reading basic music notation as it applies to their instruments. The course helps develop and refine technical and musical skills essential to the performance of the standard string orchestra repertoire.
    Fremd Philharmonic Orchestra typically includes 30-40 students, is open to string players in grades 9-12 and performs string orchestra repertoire. It is intended for students who have experience playing their instruments and who are proficient in fundamental skills as well as vibrato, basic bow technique and shifting in the lower positions. This orchestra performs advanced level string orchestra repertoire while developing their technique and musicianship.
    Fremd Chamber Strings is the newest ensemble at Fremd and will be comprised of 20-30 students. It is open to advanced string players in grades 9-12 and performs string orchestra repertoire. This orchestra will also occasionally combine with Fremd’s Symphony Orchestra. It is intended for students who play at an advanced level and who are excel in the skills listed previously. In addition, members of this ensemble must demonstrate a mature musical understanding of the repertoire. Comfortably playing in the upper positions and with advanced bowing skills, these students must also have a foundational understanding of music theory (note reading, rhythm, scale construction, key signatures). This orchestra performs advanced level string orchestra repertoire while continuing to develop their technique and musicianship.
    Fremd Symphony Orchestra is comprised of mainly juniors and seniors and intended for students who have demonstrated a high level of technical and musical proficiency on a stringed instrument. This orchestra performs advanced level string and full orchestra repertoire. Students must excel using advanced bowing techniques, vibrato, and the upper positions; violists need to be familiar with treble clef, cellists and bassists with treble and tenor clef. Woodwind, brass and percussion players are selected from Fremd’s Wind Symphony. Many of these students have been selected to be members of the Musical Pit Orchestra, District 211 Honors Orchestras, ILMEA District 7 Regional and All-State Festival Orchestras.


Mrs. Caballero's Schedule ('16-17):

Per.Time        Course RM
0 7 - 7:25 a.m.  
 1 7:30 - 8:20 a.m.
Concert Orch. 17
 2 8:25 - 9:15 a.m.See Tech class schedule 
 3 9:20 - 10:10 a.m.Symphony Orch. 17
 4 10:15 - 11:05 a.m.See Tech class schedule  
 5 11:10 - 12:00 p.m.Chamber Strings     17
 6 12:05 - 12:55 p.m.See Tech class schedule  
 7 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.See Tech class schedule  
 8 1:55 - 2:45 p.m.Philharmonic Orch 17
After 2:50 - 3:20  




Contact Mrs. Caballero, Director of Orchestras:  
224-653-2359 or  mcaballero@d211.org.
About Mrs. Caballero, Director of Orchestras
    Marla Caballero has been the Director of Orchestras at Fremd High School since 1993.   Her hope is that students would have a growing love of music as they grow in their desire to improve and share their musical gifts through performance.
    Mrs. Caballero earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from  Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music.  She has served as adjunct faculty at Judson and Harper Colleges, teaching violin and viola.  In addition, she has been a guest conductor and clinician for the IMEA District 7 Junior High Orchestra, the University of Illinois Jr. High Orchestra Consortium and for several local school districts as well. Mrs. Caballero is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American String Teacher’s Association.
    Mrs. Caballero finds much enjoyment and fulfillment performing (violin and viola) with the Kairos String Quartet and with the Harvest Bible Chapel worship team.  She has performed with the Belle Music Quartet, Trinity International University Philharmonic Orchestra and the Harper College Symphony Orchestra . She enjoys spending time with her family, step-daughters Ashley and Anna (Steve) and granddaughters Ryleigh and Camryn.   Marla and her husband Frank currently live in Rolling Meadows with their precious son, Gabriel.