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Welcome to the BHS Orchestras. We're enjoying the 2014-2015 school year with expectations for great music-making and success in improving technical skills as we explore aspects of string playing from Bach to rock!

Class Description:

Chamber Orchestra meets during first period in the choir room. Interested students must audition to be accepted into this group. Advanced techniques and challenging repertoire of traditional and modern styles are explored. Students may audition in the spring for the following school year. This class is taught by Miss Abby Walker

Concert Orchestra meets during fourth period in the band room. This group is for everyone who enjoys playing violin, viola, cello or bass and does not require an audition to become a member. Previous experience with a string instrument is required, however. Focus is given to developing skills while learning traditional string orchestra classics in addition to lighter pop selections. This class is taught by Miss Dana Van Heukelom

Five main orchestra concerts are held in which each group presents its own works and several pieces are performed by the full combined orchestras. In addition, there is the High School Orchestra Festival, the All-State Orchestra Festival, and the WDA and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals which are NDHSAA activities. Before WDA, participating students will have the opportunity to perform in recital.

Miss Abby Walker

Abby Walker, Orchestra Director
323-4800 x6133

Dana Van Heukelom, Orchestra Director

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