Future Orchestra Student Information

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Thinking of joining orchestra next year?  You've come to the right place!  

What are my orchestra instrument choices?

Violin and Viola size descriptions
Cello and Bass size descriptions
 1. Violin

The smallest of the string instruments, the violin has the highest, brightest sound.  Because the violin often plays the melody, it is considered to be the most important instrument in the orchestra.

2. Viola

Only slightly bigger than the violin, the viola has a smoother, more mellow tone.  The viola sometimes shares the melody but more often provides much needed rich harmonies.  In orchestra music the viola is often paired with the cello
because they share the same warm tone.

3. Cello

The cello is the third largest string instrument with the unique ability to play both low and higher sounds.  After the violin, the cello is next in line when it comes to playing the melody,  however cellos also often get to enjoy playing the foundation.

4. Bass

The largest of the string instruments, the bass has the lowest sounds of the orchestra.  But, did you know that a bass can also play as high as a violin?  It’s true!  The bass is capable of playing the entire range of any of the above-listed instruments.  While basses mainly provide the foundation for music, a bass also has the ability to play any melody.  An added bonus with bass is playing jazz, plus playing a double bass is just like playing an electric bass.

How do I sign up for orchestra?

 1. Decide if orchestra is something you're interested in joining and discuss with your parents which instruments you would like to try.  

2. List ORCHESTRA as your 1st elective choice during course selection!

3. Pick the instrument you want to play.  Your choices are violin, viola, cello, or bass.

4. Determine which size instrument you need by using the fitting/measuring charts and videos we shared with your elementary music teachers.

5. We are offering optional virtual appointments August 1st.  If you would like to meet your teachers, have us check your sizing, or ask questions about orchestra please use the link below: 

Click here to schedule your appointment!

What should I expect at my Orchestra Instrument Selection Appointment?

 1. Mrs. Harris or Mr. Hernandez will give you undivided attention, helping you to find the instrument that is right for YOU.

 2. When we have found the right instrument for you we will then make sure you have the correct size stringed instrument for you. 

 3. For your convenience you will have the opportunity to meet with our preferred music store representative to arrange your rental instrument and most supplies you will need for the beginning of the school year.

Do I have to complete my Orchestra Instrument Selection and Fitting?

YES!  It is very important that you are fitted for an instrument!  You will not be placed in an orchestra class until this happens.  If you do not attend one of our Orchestra Selection Nights we will not know what instrument you want to play, we will not know the size you need, and all of the spots may be filled for the instrument class you wanted. 

Why Orchestra?

Skills Learned in Orchestra

 Students in orchestra achieve higher scores on the SAT

All-State SAT Averages


Happy Violinist!