Director: Mrs. Jennifer Bodrie Jones
Orchestra focuses on the study of music through orchestral performance. All string instrumentalists participate in this honors ensemble which meets during the school day. Students participating in this ensemble will play medium, medium-advanced, and advanced levels in literature (Grades III, IV and V) according to the ratings of the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association. Emphasis will be placed on musical elements such as technique, phrasing, interpretation, ensemble sound building and intonation.
Students participating in this ensemble are also encouraged to create small chamber ensembles to develop a repertoire of solo and small ensemble work, and a more soloistic style of playing. Students participating in this ensemble often audition for All County, and participate in solo and ensemble, along with several other music organizations.
The director also selects the top wind and percussion players from Wind Ensemble to perform full orchestra works every semester; these full orchestra rehearsals are after school, no more than four in number, and are before each concert every semester.