Orchestras


The Daniell “String Orchestra” is a performance group comprised of 6th grade students split into two equal classes who enter Daniell Middle School with or without prior musical experience.  The course will cover the mechanics of string instruments: posture, note reading, rhythm, pitch discrimination, expression, writing, music history and music literacy at a beginning level.

 

The Daniell “Sinfonia Orchestras are the intermediate 7th and 8th grade orchestra classes.  The students are selected through auditions and/or with the approval of the Orchestra Director, with the understanding that there will be out-of-school performances and rehearsals required of all members during the school year. The course will cover intermediate mechanics of string instruments continuing from beginning orchestra: posture, vibrato, note reading, rhythm, pitch discrimination, expression, writing, composition, improvisation, music history and music literacy at a higher level.

 

The Daniell “Philharmonic Orchestras” are the accelerated 7th and 8th grade classes. The students are selected through auditions and/or with the approval of the Orchestra Director, with the understanding that there will be out-of-school performances and rehearsals required of all members during the school year. The course will cover advanced mechanics of string instruments: vibrato, shifting, complex rhythms, pitch discrimination, composition, improvisation, writing, music history and music literacy at an advanced level.

 

The Daniell “Chamber Orchestra” is an after school ensemble selected through auditions that is comprised of the most advanced 7th/8th grade members of the Daniell Middle School Orchestra program. The students are chosen based on their musical skills, dependability, and instrumentation. The members of the Chamber Strings will sometimes be asked to perform at functions with a short notice; therefore, the students must be flexible and practice their music daily. Failure to communicate in a timely fashion with the Director regarding absences as well as failure to be picked up on time from rehearsals can result in dismissal from this elite ensemble.  It is extremely important that students understand the commitment of this ensemble before signing on as a yearlong member.  In addition, private lessons are highly encouraged to further master the musical level and rigor of this group.







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