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Greetings and Welcome to West High's OrchestraLand!

2019-2020  #WeBelieve            #FZWePractice

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

**more to come!!**

The YouTube Music Listening (and other fun stuff!) Playlist! 2019-2020

Google Classroom Codes:

4th Hour Symphonic: ht4g5r

5th Hour Chamber: its55c9

6th Hour Symphonic: e1dprt

7th Hour Advanced Symphonic:  wv874ei

Important Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:

If it is in bold, it is for you!


Metro 8 Honors Orchestra Audition Friday, September 27
Metro 8 Honors Orchestra Rehearsals on Tuesdays: 10/8, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5
Metro 8 Honors Orchestra Dress Rehearsal & Concert Saturday November 9

All-State Orchestra Audition Saturday, December 7 at Mizzou

Winter Concert Tuesday, December 10

AME Juries Dec 16-17


All-State/MMEA Conference Wednesday-Saturday, January 22-25

Large Group Performance Wednesday, February 26

Solo/Ensemble Festival Saturday, March 7

Pops Concert Tuesday, April 14  ****NEW DATE****

State Solo/Ensemble Festival Friday, May 1

Spring Concert Tuesday, May 12

Orchestra Banquet, Friday, May 15  (Commons, 7-9) *tentative

AME Juries May 11, 13

Graduation  Saturday, May 23  (**was printed incorrectly in the handbook!**)

We will continue to use Google Classroom this year.  This can be accessed from any internet access point (computer, tablet, smart phone).  There is an app for this: Google Classroom.  We will be able to share information and do limited playing tests through this - hopefully this will eliminate a few in-office playing tests.  (Yahoo!)

Be ready to check out these recording sites/apps:
...or Andriod users can use your voice recorder
...or iPhone users can use your video setting

Music Notation (If you want to compose!)

The Orchestras
The Fort Zumwalt West High Orchestras involve over 130 students in creating beautiful string music.  Performing two major concerts (Winter & Spring), a Pops Concert (April), a performance in MSHSAA's Large Group Contest, one performance on our yearly road trip, and for other various events (Solo/Ensemble Festival in March, Essence of PPI, Graduation, and other spots around the community), we are kept happily busy throughout the year.

Our students are split between three orchestras: The Chamber, Symphonic, and Advanced Symphonic Orchestras.  For Junior & Senior Symphonic students who are highly motivated and would like an extra challenge and opportunity for solo performances, we also have the Advanced Music Ensemble that is a part of the 7th hour Advanced Symphonic class.  Each concert features all students, and traditionally the Advanced Symphonic Orchestra is bolstered by wind and percussion volunteers for a piece or two during the Spring Concert.

For more information about each orchestra, please click on the links below.