Citywide Honor Ensembles

Each year, the Skinner Middle School bands and orchestras are represented by several talented Scorpion musicians at the Denver Citywide Honor Band and Citywide Honor Orchestra Festivals. All Skinner musicians are encouraged to audition, and there are several opportunities to receive additional support on audition materials during the fall semester.

"The Citywide program offers a variety of district-wide events for instrumental and vocal music students at all levels, beginning through advanced. The Citywide Honors Choir, Orchestra and Band festivals are two-day events culminating in concerts, each one accommodating approximately 250 students from across the district. These honor ensembles, in addition to two elementary choirs, are conducted by musicians both from within DPS and from throughout the state, and offer an excellent opportunity for DPS students to connect with other students, see both peer and professional performances, and expand their learning." - More information can be found on the Citywide Honor Ensemble webpage located HERE.

Citywide Honor Band Resources

Citywide Band Audition Date: Tuesday, November 6 (during Concert Band and Jazz Band)

Required Dates for all Bands:

    • Sectionals - Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
        • Location: McAuliffe at Manual High School
        • Beginning and Intermediate: 9:00am - noon
        • Sectionals are mandatory for all Citywide Honor Band participants.
    • Festival - Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
        • Location: Manual High School
        • Time: Friday will be from 10am-4:30pm (transportation provided to and from Skinner on this day). Saturday rehearsals will be from 8:30am-2pm (transportation NOT provided).
        • Concert at 3:00pm
  • Intermediate Band Audition Materials from 2018-2019
        • Students must be logged into their DPS account in order to access these materials. Hard copies are also available in the music room.

Citywide Honor Orchestra Resources

Citywide Band Audition Date: Friday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 6 (during Chamber Orchestra)

Required Dates for all Orchestras

    • Sectionals - Saturday, January 26th, 2018
        • Location: Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
        • Beginning and Intermediate: 9:00am - noon
        • Sectionals are mandatory for all Citywide Honor Orchestra participants
    • Festival - This year, the festival will be broken up into two days and locations.
        • Rehearsal Day #1 for Intermediate and Beginning
          • Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
          • Time: 12pm-5pm (transportation will be provided to and from Skinner)
          • Location: Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
        • Rehearsal Day #2 for all groups (transportation is NOT provided)
          • Date: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
          • Time: 9am-2pm
          • Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver
        • Performance for all Groups
          • Date: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
          • Time: 3pm
          • Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver
    • Intermediate Orchestra Audition Materials for 2018-2019
        • Students must be logged into their DPS account in order to access these materials. Hard copies are also available in the music room.

Students interested in being nominated for the Beginning Citywide Honor Band or Beginning Citywide Honor Orchestra should speak to Mrs. Smith directly regarding details about how to join.