WASHINGTON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS
There is no audition required for membership in the String Orchestra if a student has participated in a middle or high school orchestra before. The String Orchestra focuses on developing and fine-tuning the fundamentals of playing an instrument: posture, hand position, tone production, bowing technique, intonation, rhythm and note reading, shifting, sight-reading. Students will learn to play in various major and minor keys. The String Orchestra performs at the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and students are eligible to attend the spring trip. Regular at home practice is required as part of this class.
Students are selected for the Concert Orchestra by audition each year. Continued development of technique and musicianship are the focus for this group. Repertoire consists of music from the Baroque era through modern times. Performances include the Winter Concert, District Assessment, Spring Concert and students are eligible to attend the spring trip. Regular at home practice is required as part of this class.
The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students who have demonstrated an advanced level of skill on their instrument. The group strives to perform the highest quality works, many written by master composers of the orchestra genre. Students are expected to maintain and continue to improve their level of technique and musicianship, and learn their parts independently to a high standard. Participation in the Chamber Orchestra each year will be determined by the director and based on an audition as well as each student’s demonstrated playing level, commitment and preparedness throughout the year. Performances include the Winter Concert, District Assessment, Spring Concert and the spring trip as well as additional performances that vary from year to year in the community.