Mission Viejo High School Instrumental Music

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The Concert Ensembles consist of String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and are part of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Students enroll in year-long classes that perform four concerts a year in the MVHS Performing Arts Theater as well as at various festivals in the spring. Festivals offer the opportunity to showcase a high standard of performance and receive adjudication by trained and qualified experts in music education, encouraging the development of each soloist, ensemble, and performing organization.

String Orchestra musicians participate in either the Intermediate or Advanced Orchestra. Each spring the string orchestras combine to participate in the Saddleback College Festival where they consistently receive Superior ratings. Also in the spring, interested wind players join the group to form a Symphonic Orchestra, with practices during tutorials and/or after school. The Symphonic Orchestra regularly performs at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall as part of Orange County Philharmonic’s Annual High School Orchestra Festival. In March of 2017, the full Symphonic Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City!

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band classes consist of students whose primary instruments are in the brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument families. Wind Ensemble performs traditional band repertoire such as original wind compositions, light music, popular tunes and marches. Symphonic Band is for incoming students as well as students learning additional instruments. Symphonic Band students audition for Wind Ensemble in late spring of their freshman year.

Students are also encouraged to form and participate in Chamber Ensembles. This gives students the unique opportunity to work in a smaller group setting, choose and arrange the pieces that they perform, work together to decide how the final performance will come together, and perform at specially organized chamber music concerts once or twice a year. Additionally, students can audition for the Pit Orchestra in the spring, combining with the entire Performing Arts department in the production of a Broadway musical. Our Pit Orchestra has been recognized as the best Pit Orchestra for the trifecta The Spirit of the Macy award for Best Orchestra, Cappies Best Orchestra, and Best Student Orchestra JRAY (John Raitt Awards for Youth) 22 times in the last 23 years!

Many of our Concert Ensembles students, including String Orchestra students, also enjoy participating in Marching Band, Winter Drumline, and/or Jazz Band. Concert Ensembles students can participate in these other groups with their primary instrument (if applicable) or secondary instrument they are already familiar with, or by being open to learning a new instrument! Some ensembles are by audition only, including Jazz Band and Winter Drumline.

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