The Orchestras

Philharmonia

The AHS Philharmonia is Alpharetta’s youngest orchestra, although it is not a beginners orchestra. Previous playing experience is required. This class provides opportunities to develop performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. Emphasizes performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural contributions and influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. Organizes objectives for self-paced progress through all four levels. Stresses individual progress and ensemble experiences. The AHS Philharmonia Orchestra will perform String Orchestra literature. Students in this orchestra will develop third position playing skills and be able to be able to play in tune in third position by years end. Rehearsals are daily during 1st period and a few after school rehearsals (usually the day of a concert.) When after school rehearsals are posted, they are required attendance and are not optional. Literature will consist of GMEA Level III, IV string orchestra literature. Proficiency is expected in at least four – two octave scales and arpeggios appropriate for their particular instrument. Skills will be developed during the year on 8 of the 12 Major two-octave scales and arpeggios. Students will be taught personal diagnostic skills for individual practice and improvement purposes. Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 100 minutes per week. This orchestra will perform at the Fall, Winter, GMEA Preview, GMEA LGPE, Cluster and Spring Concerts as well as selected community events during the year. Students also have the opportunity to perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation, audition for GMEA All-State and Fulton County Honor Orchestra.

Chamber

The AHS Chamber Orchestra offers opportunities for intermediate-level performers to increase performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. Covers performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural contributions and influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. Organizes objectives for self-paced progress through all four levels. Stresses individual progress and group experiences. The AHS Chamber Orchestra will perform String Orchestra literature. Students in this orchestra are expected to have advanced level technique on their instrument including shifting 1st through 3rd positions as well as vibrato. Rehearsals are daily during 2ND period and a few after school rehearsals (usually the day of a concert.) When after school rehearsals are posted, they are required attendance and are not optional. Literature will consist of GMEA Level IV, V string orchestra literature. Proficiency in all one and two-octave major scales and arpeggios is expected as well as selected two-octave melodic minor scales and arpeggios. Students will gain proficiency in three octave major scales up to 4 sharps and flats including position work up to 5th position. Students will be taught personal diagnostic skills for individual practice and improvement purposes. Required practice time is a minimum of 120 minutes weekly. This orchestra will perform at the Fall, Winter, GMEA Preview, GMEA LGPE, Cluster and Spring Concerts as well as selected community events during the year. Students also have the opportunity to perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation, audition for GMEA All-State and Fulton County Honor Orchestra.

Sinfonia

The AHS Sinfonia provides opportunities for advanced-level performers to increase performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. Covers performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural contributions and influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. Organizes objectives for self-paced progress through all four levels. Stresses individual progress and group experiences. The AHS Chamber Orchestra will perform String Orchestra literature. Students in this orchestra are expected to have advanced level technique on their instrument including shifting 1st through 5th positions as well as vibrato. Rehearsals are daily during 3rd period and a few after school rehearsals (usually the day of a concert.) When after school rehearsals are posted, they are required attendance and are not optional. Literature will consist of GMEA Level IV, V and VI string orchestra literature. Proficiency in all two and three octave major scales and arpeggios is expected as well as selected two and three-octave melodic minor scales and arpeggios. Students will be taught personal diagnostic skills for individual practice and improvement purposes. Required practice time is a minimum of 150 minutes weekly. This orchestra will perform at the Fall, Winter, GMEA Preview, GMEA LGPE, Cluster and Spring Concerts as well as selected community events during the year. Students also have the opportunity to perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation, audition for GMEA All-State and Fulton County Honor Orchestra.

Symphony

The AHS Symphony is the school’s highest level orchestra offering and provides opportunities for mastery-level performers to increase performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. Covers performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural contributions and influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. Organizes objectives for self-paced progress through all four levels. Stresses individual progress and group experiences. The AHS Symphony Orchestra is a Full Symphony Orchestra and requires the highest of skill and ability on your instrument.  Rehearsals are daily 4th period.  AS Rehearsals  (After School Rehearsals) are on the day of the Concert for all groups.  School Time Full Symphony Orchestra rehearsals will be held Wednesdays during 4th period and 30 minutes into 4B lunch.  On Full Orchestra rehearsal days, students should bring a sack lunch with them as they may not have time to go to the cafeteria.  This is in lieu of having numerous afternoon rehearsals. This schedule is to keep students from having to miss other after school activities on a regular basis.  Students should inform their teachers that on Wednesdays, they will not be available for lunch time assistance.

Students in this orchestra are expected to be independent as well as group workers.

Literature will consist of level GMEA Level V and VI literature in both String and Full Orchestra.  Opportunities exist for solo and ensemble as well as concerto literature.  Students will be taught personal diagnostic skills for individual practice and improvement purposes.  Required practice time is a minimum of 150 minutes weekly.

Students in Symphony Orchestra must be able to travel with the orchestra when it performs locally, statewide or nationally.  Opportunities for fund raising will be provided to assist in defraying travel expenses.