The two orchestras provide outstanding opportunities for players who are newer to orchestral repertoire as well as experienced, advanced players.
The Italiano Orchestra is a full orchestra comprised of young musicians through the 12th grade that have demonstrated an ability to perform at an advanced level. Members enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other serious and dedicated musicians.
Technical skills include all keys. Woodwind and brass players will be required advanced accuracy of chromatic scales, clef reading and transposition where applicable. String players will be required all scales through at least three octaves, ability to play fluently through all positions, advanced bowing (e.g., spiccato and sautille) and clef reading ability, where applicable. Percussion players: requirement includes mallet instrument techniques (two octave scales), knowledge of timpani (tuning and technique). Percussion equipment will be provided, students are asked to bring their own mallets.
Nick Hansberry, Conductor
The Philharmonic Orchestra is a smaller, full orchestra where motivated and interested students can enjoy an orchestral experience with other motivated and talented students.
It is an intermediate level group specifically designed for the young musician who has had playing experience and desires the challenge of excellent music but is not yet ready to play the most difficult of orchestral repertoire. The Philharmonic Orchestra will challenge the middle school and early high school level musician. Players gain from the experience of playing more advanced repertoire, which is not always possible in a school setting. Our mission is to improve, motivate and develop our members' talents to their fullest.