Statewide CODA Honors Orchestra Info

There are two rounds of additions one just finished in September this week, the next one is going to be due at the end of November. See details below.


There are five different State Wide Coda Honors Orchestras made up of junior high and high school students grades 7-12 that meet once a year to prepare unique and exciting programs.  First in order of calendar deadlines, the two CODA High School Honors Orchestras with audition materials due in September and rehearsals and performance in December and the three Coda All-State Orchestras with audition materials due in November and rehearsals and performance in February.

It is a challenge and honor to be invited to play with any of these elite orchestras.  It is a chance to meet and work with various conductors and musicians from around the state.  Also it is a great way to represent your school orchestra program at the state level.

In addition to being a memorable and motivating musical experience, your participation in an honors orchestra is viewed favorably by college admissions and scholarships. It proves that you have an accomplished level of musical ability; which demonstrates that you have the character and discipline to challenge yourself to succeed at an honors level in a particular activity. It is also a respected resume builder, which shows you have had diverse educational life experiences.  

Auditions are submitted as recordings only, so you don’t have to show up in person to audition to be accepted.  You can record your audition in the comfort of your own home if you have the appropriate equipment. Equipment needs include a method to record and burn your file onto a CD.

The time commitment is whatever it takes for you to prepare and record the audition materials, which include a given scale and a page of orchestral excerpts. If your audition is successful and you are invited to participate, you can decide at that time to commit to the 2-3 day rehearsals and public performance.

If you are concerned about your level of musicianship compared to others, please consider that the Davis Orchestra Program is one of the finest in the state.  A healthy majority of Davis music students, with adequate preparation, succeed in these auditions every year and go on to have memorable musical and social experiences.  You could be among these future and former decorated players. Unless you go for it you will never know!


CODA Junior High School All-State String Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 7th-8th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State String Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place at February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Bob Phillips

CODA High School All-State String Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 9th-12th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State String Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place at February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Dr. Thomas Lowenheim

CODA High School All-State Symphony Orchestra:

  • Students must be in 9th-12th grade.

  • All audition materials must be turned into class by Wednesday, November 28th to be considered for the CODA High School All-State Symphony Orchestra.

  • Audition materials and application can be found at: http://www.codaorchestras.org

  • If accepted, the rehearsals and performance will take place February 14-17, 2019 at CASMEC in Fresno, CA

  • Conductor- Dr. William LaRue Jones

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Moreno.  

Disneyland Tour: Commitment Forms Due Now

Final Reminder:

Friday, September 21st is the final day to complete your Disneyland Tour Commitment Forms. I need every student in the program to complete this without delay so we can move our tour to the next step.

  • Please complete the online “Commitment Form and Chaperone sign-up sheet.” We need a form returned from every student, even if you are not planning to participate on the trip. Please also use this form to (1) indicate the total amount you will be able to commit, and (2) let us know if you want to chaperone the trip (Parent chaperones will need to pay their own way for this trip. Estimated cost per chaperone is $600).
  • If your student plans to join the tour, we are asking for your commitment to the trip with an initial non-refundable contribution of $100. Once you complete the online commitment form, you will receive a confirmation page; follow the link from the confirmation page to the DHS-Holmes Orchestras Store where you can pay for the $100 Student Contribution.

CapRadio to Host Student Musicians

Orchestra Students and families, 

This is an exciting announcement below about Capitol Public Radio highlighting student musicians in our schools around Sacramento. They have selected one of our finest chamber ensembles at Davis High to perform and be interviewed live Tue, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. We look forward to listening to Sue bin Park-violin, Nina Martin- Cello, and Janet Liu- Piano. I will post pod cast and other details later. 

Enjoy, 

Mr. Moreno


CapRadio to host Student Musician Showcase Sept. 24-28

The Sacramento region boasts some of the finest music education programs in the country.  Many of our local high schools turn out national award-winning groups and soloists year after year.  During the week of September 24th, we’ll be spotlighting some of these outstanding young classical and jazz musicians from Folsom High School, Rio Americano High School, Davis High School and the Sacramento Youth Symphony, who will perform live in the CapRadio studios. Each day during our Student Musician Showcase Week we’ll get to know some of  these talented youngsters and discover why they’re drawn to the music they play.  Mark your calendar and be sure to tune in starting on September 24th.

  • Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. – Jazz Trio from Rio Americano High
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. – Classical Piano Trio from Davis High
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. – Jazz Quintet from Folsom High
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. – Classical String Quartet from the Sacramento Youth Symphony

CapRadio on-air hosts Kevin Doherty, Beth Ruyak, Victor Forman, Gary Vercelli and Devan Kortan will interview the student musicians, in between performances.

We will also be hosting segments featuring guests involved with music education and outreach including Julian Dixon, Senior Director, Community Engagement & Education at Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and Ruth Rosenberg, Director of Arts Education and Artist Engagement at Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Full disclosure:  The Student Music Showcase takes place during CapRadio Music’s Fall Fund Drive… which is absolutely appropriate!  We’re raising funds to make classical music and jazz available and accessible to all, young and old, on the radio, online, and throughout the community as we support live performance and music education.  Join us!

Parent Meeting Wrap Up

Hello All DHS Orchestra Parents, 

It was nice to meet you all Wednesday night (September 12th). I appreciate your time, support, and all the great questions last night. Here is a link to all the documents I shared with you for your records. Reminder about the one calendar edit for this year; Wennberg Concert scheduled April 7th has been cancelled for DHS and Holmes Orchestras.

Thanks so much, 

Looking forward to another excellent year together!

Angelo Moreno