Orchestra

The Orchestra Program at St. Charles East

The Orchestra Program at St. Charles East is proud to offer three different orchestras.  In addition, there are opportunities to participate in ILMEA events and the Pit Orchestra.

Chamber Orchestra
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition
Chamber Orchestra studies advanced level classical music through instrumental performance. Standard instrumentation is utilized, including violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano/harp. Woodwind, brass, and percussion students are sometimes added at various times of the year. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: tone, technique, rhythm, and basic music theory.

Concert Orchestra
Grade 9
Prerequisite: Participation in middle school orchestra or consent of the instructor
Concert Orchestra studies introductory level classical music through instrumental performance. Standard instrumentation is utilized, including violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano/harp. Woodwind, brass, and percussion students are sometimes added at various times of the year. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: tone, technique, rhythm, and basic music theory.

Symphonic Orchestra
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Concert Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra studies intermediate level classical music through instrumental performance. Standard instrumentation is utilized, including violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano/harp. Woodwind, brass, and percussion students are sometimes added at various times of the year. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: tone, technique, rhythm, and music theory.

Concert Attire

Attire for orchestra concerts is all concert black – black long-sleeve dress shirts/tops; black dress pants (not yoga pants); black, closed-toe dress shoes for the ladies; and black dress shoes with black socks for the gentlemen. No t-shirts, jeans, sandals, etc.