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Intermediate orchestras and wind ensembles

The Showcase Program features our intermediate-level students while they continue to develop ensemble skills and instrument technique. Orchestra ensemble literature includes works by important 18th, 19th, and 20th century composers such as Beethoven, Dvorak, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, and Rossini. Wind ensemble literature focuses on traditional band and modern contemporary works by composers such as Ed Huckeby, Clifton Williams, and John Philip Sousa. The Showcase Program encourages our woodwinds (except saxophone players, where limitations exist in orchestra literature for the instrument family), percussion, and brass students to participate in both an orchestra and a wind ensemble. This maximizes their musical training and allows the students to experience a complete range of band and orchestra literature.

Concert Winds

Conducted by Mr. Adam Pezdek, this ensemble is an intermediate-level symphonic band for woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. Repertoire includes arrangements of music representing various periods and styles. Musicians will gain experience inconcepts of technique, articulation, intonation, rhythm, tone production, dynamics, balance, and blend in an ensemble setting. Musicians should have at least two years of school band experience and/or private instruction. The minimum age to participate in Concert Winds is 10, or entering 5th grade, by September 1, 2016. The maximum age to participate in Concert Winds is 19 years by September 1, 2016.

Concert Orchestra

Conducted by Mr. Juan Cristóbal Palacios, this orchestra is designed to provide a high-quality, foundational full-orchestra experience for developing string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. This orchestra performs a range of orchestral works and symphonic movements that introduce the necessary skills and techniques to play in a full orchestra. Arrangements may be used to exemplify different techniques. In addition to developing skills in blend and balance, musicians focus on fundamental right and left hand skill development, vibrato, articulation, intonation, rhythm, tone production, embouchure, range, and dynamics as appropriate to their individual instrument within the group context. The minimum age to participate in Concert Orchestra is 10, or entering 5th grade, by September 1, 2016. The maximum age to participate in Concert Orchestra is 19 years by September 1, 2016.

Wind Symphony

Conducted by Mr. Juan Cristóbal Palacios, this ensemble is a symphonic band for intermediate and advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. This ensemble will study traditional and contemporary advanced wind symphony repertoire and focus on techniques, musicality, balance, and blend. The minimum age to participate in Wind Symphony is 12, or entering 7th grade, by September 1, 2016. The maximum age to participate in Wind Symphony is 19 years by September 1, 2016.

Sinfonia

Conducted by Mr. Juan Cristóbal Palacios, this orchestra provides training for upper intermediate and advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. This orchestra performs a range of moderate length orchestral works, symphonic movements, and concert pieces. All woodwind and some brass parts are doubled and tripled. Solo parts are assigned according to seating and repertoire needs of the ensemble. The minimum age to participate in Sinfonia is 12, or entering 7th grade, by September 1, 2016. The maximum age to participate in Sinfonia is 19 years by September 1, 2016.

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