String Ensemble II Honors and String Ensemble I
Advanced techniques and musical concepts are explored. Students are assigned to this class based on year-end auditions. Placement is according to individual student needs, and the needs of the groups as a whole. Students are moved up (and down) as individual progress dictates. The String Orchestra II Honors (listed as String Ensemble II Honors) performs collegiate and professional repertoire and is open to selected string and piano students of superior ability by audition only. The String Orchestra II Honors is preceded by String Ensemble. The Ventura High School String Orchestra II Honors has earned distinction nationwide at invitational music festivals Boston, Chicago, New York, Hawaii and San Francisco. The String Ensemble is both the intermediate level orchestra which performs basic high school string ensemble repertoire as well as traditional Mariachi ensemble repertoire for those who have an expressed interest in it.
VHS Honors String Quartet
Each year, four outstanding string players are selected by the director to participate in the Honors String Quartet. The quartet performs some of the most challenging professional literature. This group has earned distinction nationwide at District, Regional, and State Festivals.