The Concert Orchestra is an entry level music class. Students in Concert Orchestra receive exercises and assignments that will allow them to increase their technical abilities. A year in Concert Orchestra satisfies the Fine Arts graduation requirement for CUSD.
Emphasis is placed on standards based classroom activities. All students begin proficiencies an theory at Level 1, and progress to level 3 by the end of their first year in the class. Students study instrument technique, develop musicianship, and play literature selected from high school grade 3 and 4 lists. The class focuses on fundamentals of music performance, and pieces are prepared to performance level in a six week sequence. Private lessons are recommended for all members, especially those wishing to advance to the Chamber Orchestra and/or IB Music class.
The Concert Orchestra performs four times each year. There are three concerts held at school, and a festival performance in spring. Students in the Concert Orchestra also perform at graduation in June.