There are three orchestras at Douglas County High School. 
All three orchestras are two-semester classes that may be repeated for credit every year.  

Orchestra - "Concert Orchestra" (70460) 
This is a non-auditioned orchestra course that is open to all students.
This class is designed for beginners as well as students who have played before and are honing their technical skills in preparation for string and chamber orchestras. Students will study performance techniques, music notation, and theory. Students will also focus on a variety of musical styles—including rock, fiddling, world musics, classical, and jazz. Two outside performances per year are required. For students who do not have their own instrument, school instruments will be available for rent for $50 per semester.

String Orchestra - "Sinfonia Orchestra" (70465)
This intermediate level ensemble class will stress performance and study of violin, viola, cello, and bass in various styles of orchestral literature. Participation at all performances is a requirement. The fundamentals of technique, vibrato, shifting, and sightreading will be honed. Auditions are required for this course, playing experience is required for acceptance.

Chamber Orchestra (70461)
This class will stress performance and study of violin, viola, cello and bass in various styles of advanced orchestral literature. Participation at all performances is a requirement. Students are expected to practice outside of class. Private lessons are strongly recommended. Many students in this course also perform in extracurricular youth orchestras or are involved in IB Music. Auditions are required for this course, extensive playing experience is required for acceptance.



Class Requirements
  • $30 course fee beginning in the Fall of 2017 to cover the cost of method books & course materials
  • $50 per semester instrument rental (It is recommended that students rent or purchase their own instrument)
  • Binder and sheet protectors for music
  • Required formal concert wear purchased by each student in Sinfonia & Chamber Orchestras
  • Required Supplies: Rosin, Mute, Cleaning Cloth, Extra Strings
  • Recommended Supplies: Tuner, Metronome, Music Stand for home practice
  • Private Lessons are recommended, but not required