The Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Brian Thornton, is the perfect place for intermediate string players looking to develop mature orchestral skills.
The repertoire of Preparatory Orchestra presents exciting technical and musical challenges for the advancing string player. Students in Preparatory Orchestra continue to develop essential orchestral skills while incorporating a wide variety of bowing, fingering and rhythmic patterns and exploring a full palette of musical expression.
Students should be comfortable sight reading and performing music in Major and minor keys up to four sharps or flats and should be adept with beat subdivisions and combinations. Students enrolled in Preparatory Orchestra are expected to participate in their school music programs. The orchestra performs at the end of each semester with the other Preparatory division orchestras.
New Orchestra Director
We are pleased to announce that Brian Thornton will be the new conductor of the Beginning Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra for the 2015-2016 school year. Mr. Thornton shared his expertise and knowledge with our orchestra students last year as a substitute and we are thrilled he will be working with our students again.
The orchestras will begin again with placement auditions on Saturday, August 29 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The first full rehearsal for each group will commence on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Please see schedules below.
You can download this year's orchestra calendars below:
Preparatory Orchestra Seating Auditions
Current members of the Preparatory Orchestra are reminded that seating auditions will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please report to Room 217 for check-in, warm-up, and tune-up. The first full rehearsal will be Saturday, September 5, 2015.
Music for the seating audition has been mailed. Additional copies are available via the links below:
Absence & Tardiness Policies
Students enrolled in Beginning Orchestra are expected to participate in their school music programs. The orchestra performs at the end of each semester with the Preparatory division orchestras.
Tardiness: Latecomers are a disruption to the rehearsal. If a student arrives to a rehearsal after it has begun, they will be tuned outside of the rehearsal area and seated in the back of the section for the duration of the rehearsal.
Excessive tardiness and/or absences may result in a permanent change of seating.