The nationally recognized Alpharetta High School orchestra program was established in the fall of 2004 when the school first opened its doors. Since then, the program has swelled to accommodate four orchestras and around two hundred members. Dedicated to instructing students in the musical arts, as well as inspiring them to become active members in the community, the Alpharetta High School Orchestras strive for excellence in music education at the high school level.


  • Performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY
  • Performed twice at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL (2006 and 2012)
  • Performed as an honor group at the ASTA National Conference in Atlanta, GA (2008)
  • Performed at Festival Disney in Orlando, FL

History of the Program

fisherAlpharetta High School opened its doors for the first time in 2004 and the orchestra was founded by Mr. Sheldon Fisher.  Under his direction, the orchestra would grow in size, scope, and quality. The Chamber orchestra performed at the 2006 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Symphony Orchestra performed at the same venue in 2012. The orchestra also taken several trips to Carnegie Hall and has performed internationally, and at other prestigious events such as the National ASTA Conference in 2008. After a 40 year career in music education and 12 years as the founding director of the Alpharetta Orchestra program, Mr. Fisher retired in Spring of 2016. His legacy, enthusiasm, and spirit will never be forgotten.