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Fall 2016-17 Orchestra Registration Is Open

For incoming 4th and 5th grade students, please register for the 2016-17 school year:

New Student Orchestra Enrollment Form

For current 4th and 5th grade orchestra students, please register for the 2016-17 school year:
Current Orchestra Student Enrollment Form
 

Each late winter/early spring, current third graders are visited by their school's orchestra director for more information about the different stringed instruments and registration process.  In South Washington COunty Schools, orchestra begins in the fall of fourth grade and continues through twelfth grade. 

 

Elementary Orchestra Registration

Orchestra, at the elementary level, is optional.  We highly recommend starting to learn to play during fourth and fifth grade to be ready for middle school orchestra.  Recruiting will begin in the third grade classes in the spring (in the month of May) for the following fall.  Your child's director will contact you to confirm your child's enrollment, instrument choice, and size your child for their instrument. Students are able to choose their instrument with the discretion of the orchestra director.

Middle School Orchestra Registration

We encourage your child to stay with orchestra throughout their middle school career since it is required that student's take band, orchestra, or choir for all three years in middle school. Middle School Orchestra meets every other day.  Orchestra is a group class, with all instruments combined.  Students also receive occasional small group lessons for more individualized instruction.  Students will register for orchestra when the school counselor's visit their classes each January.  We encourage students having prior experience on a stringed instrument prior to enrolling in middle school orchestra.

High School Orchestra Registration

Orchestra meets every day in high school.  High School Orchestra occasionally combine with the band for a full orchestra experience.  Students will register for orchestra when the school counselor's visit with the students in January and February.  Students must have prior experience on a stringed instrument prior to enrolling in high school orchestra.