South Washington County Schools


Fall 2017-18 Elementary Orchestra Registration Is Open!

For incoming 4th and 5th grade students, please register for the 2017-18 school year:
New Student Orchestra Enrollment Form

For current 4th and 5th grade orchestra students, please register for the 2017-18 school year:
Current Orchestra Student Enrollment Form

4th Annual District Orchestra Festival

Each spring, our district orchestra directors coordinate an Annual District Orchestra Festival for all 5th, 8th, and top high school orchestra ensembles to perform together. Relating to our district's missing statement, we hope this event ignites a passion for lifelong learning, and to showcase that playing an instrument is a lifelong skill! 

April 23, 2017 Festival Video

Our Mission

The Orchestra Department of School District 833, has made a commitment to prepare our students to:

  • Recognize through aesthetic awareness that music is a part of all humanity
  • Prepare and present a musically proficient performance, along and in an ensemble
  • Make knowledgeable judgments about music
  • Enjoy and appreciate musical performances within their historical and cultural context
  • Acquire skills necessary for life-long music learning and application

Why Orchestra?

A community benefits from area schools that offer a full complement of fire arts courses, including stringed instrument study, to all of its students.  A good string and orchestra education, as part of a comprehensive fine arts program, is a hallmark of quality school districts.  Without a string program, a school district's curriculum is incomplete and its students are underserved.  In every school, there are students who are inherently attracted to the sound of stringed instruments. Without a string and orchestra program to provide access to string education, students are denied the possibility of realizing their potential. Playing a stringed instrument enhances a child's quality of life.  It provides creative, emotional, and social opportunities and can also lead to improvements in academic performance in other areas beyond music.


Orchestra Program is Recipient of the Meritorious Orchestra Program Award. Received by Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) at Fall Clinic Workshop on Thursday, October 17, 2013.