• ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM COURSES

    Freshman Symphony:  1 Credit, Ames
    The Orchestra is open to students after successful completion of 8th Grade Orchestra or by audition. Students must have had previous orchestral experience. The objectives are to develop and emphasize ensemble playing, orchestral techniques, tone production, sight reading and musicianship. All orchestra members are required to participate in all school sponsored performances. All members are scheduled on a daily basis plus a mandatory weekly rotating lesson. Additional home study is required. Grading is based on musical development in performances, rehearsals, and lessons

    MHS Orchestra:  1 Credit, MHS
    This course is open to students after successful completion of 9th Grade Orchestra or by audition. Students must have previous orchestral training. All students must demonstrate a knowledge of basic musicianship. All members are scheduled on a daily basis, plus a mandatory weekly rotating class lesson. Additional home study is required. All orchestra members are required to participate in all school sponsored activities. Grading is based on musical development in performances, rehearsals, and lessons. All students are provided the opportunity to study and perform the musical compositions of major composers.

    Poparazzi:  No Credit, Open to students in Grades 9 - 12
    Poparazzi is a co-curricular string ensemble and is an extension of studies that take place in the orchestral classroom. This ensemble performs Rock and Pop music. Students must be in one of the curricular orchestra ensembles offered at the high school level (Ames Campus or MHS Main Campus).