- Grade: 7th
- Prerequisites: Elementary strings program or equivalent experience with instrument (minimum 1 year)
The Intermediate Orchestra is open to 7th grade players of orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) who have participated in at least one year of the elementary program or have equivalent experience in their instrument. Development of technical instrumental skills, including note reading, bowing and fingering skills, intonation, ensemble playing, and general musicianship, are addressed through the use of a wide variety of programmed music selections and practical music theory.
Students are required to practice outside of class as homework for 80 minutes every week and expected to spend more time if needed to master the demands of their instrument, the repertoire, and the expectation of excellence the program represents; therefore access to an instrument for use at home is essential. School instruments are available for use at school and at home and will be assigned to all students who need to use one; information will be sent home to request the use of an instrument, and they will be assigned shortly after school begins. Donations to the DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters (Orchestra Boosters) for instrument maintenance, up-keep, and purchase, are greatly appreciated.
The Intermediate Orchestra will participate in several concerts during the school year, outside of class time. This may include rehearsals set outside of the school day. All outside concerts and concert-prep rehearsals are mandatory and will be part of students’ grades. Each year, the Intermediate Orchestra will participate in annual Winter and Spring Concerts, and may performing the Wennberg Music Festival, held at the Mondavi Center and other various school events. The Intermediate Orchestra also involves a variety of fun team and musicianship building educational fieldtrips scheduled throughout the year. All rehearsal and performance dates are announced the first week of school via class room handouts, websites, and email lists.