To play challenging, high-quality music with artistry and proper technique
To improve understanding of music notation and terminology
To understand the historical context and significance of the music studied in class
To develop the ability to improvise and compose music
To practice teamwork, self-discipline, and appreciation for great music
Performance Schedule 2019-20:
|Wednesday, October 30<||8th Grade / WHS Orchestra Concert||7.30 PM|
|Mon, Tues, December 16 & 17 Wednesday, December 18||Winter Concert dress rehearsal Winter Concert||7.30PM
|Thursday, December 19||In-school Holiday Concert||TBD|
|Friday-Sat, March 13-14||WHS Music Trip to Boston||Overnight|
|Wednesday, April 1||Spring Concert||7.00 PM|
|Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday May 27
|Pops Concert dress rehersal
|Saturday after school ends||Graduation ceremony||5.00PM|
Lesson Attendance and Effort
Each student must attend two in-school lessons per quarter during their free period or study hall.
Students are graded on attendance and appropriate participation
Participation and Preparation
Includes bringing all materials to class, following instructions the first time, and devoting full attention to the task at hand.
Concert participation is mandatory and accounts for a portion of a student’s quarter grade.
Please notify Mr. Karlan as early as possible if there is an unavoidable conflict with a concert date to arrange for an alternate assignment.
In order to present a uniform, professional ensemble, all students will wear matching concert tuxedos and dresses. Families are asked to purchase concert attire at the beginning of 9th grade. A separate form with ordering information will be sent home in September. Students who outgrow their clothing or require financial assistance may check with the director for the availability of used concert attire. Graduating seniors are encouraged to consider donating to the collection of used attire.
The director will adjust concert seats in order to maximize the sound of the group and challenge all students appropriately. Violinists may be asked to play the 1st or 2nd violin part. Recorded playing assessments will be used to determine appropriate seating.
Other Musical Opportunities:
Mr. Karlan, Orchestra Director - email: email@example.com; telephone: 203-762-0381, x6059
Ms. Jara, Lesson Instructor - email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 203-762-0381, x6012