The Dublin High School Orchestra
Elliot Polot, conductor
The Dublin High School Orchestra is an advanced strings course. Membership is contingent upon audition and is available only to students who have studied a string instrument in middle or elementary school for a minimum of two years. The Orchestra curriculum teaches technical, rhythmic, listening, translative, analytical, and performance skills through advanced literature in a historical and multi-cultural context. Performances are a logical outgrowth of the integrated instrumental music curriculum, which may include concerts, festivals, solos, ensembles, recitals and appearances within the community when appropriate. Music literacy is a prerequisite. Orchestra may combine with the wind instrumentalists and percussionists from Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band to form Full Orchestra. All performances are required. Some after-school or Saturday rehearsals may be necessary, and will be scheduled as far in advance as possible. This class meets daily and may be repeated for credit. Daily time commitment: ~30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, plus additional time for test preparation.
Participant Contribution: $385
The Chamber Orchestra is a group of exceptional musicians who are enrolled in the DHS Orchestra class. These students earn a position in the Chamber Orchestra through their fall chair audition. The Chamber Orchestra forms several chamber ensembles such as duets, trios, quartets, and quintets through the duration of the school year and performs at the Orchestra concerts as well as at privately scheduled performances, or "gigs." The Chamber Orchestra often demonstrates their work in classroom recitals for the other members of the Orchestra. Members of the Chamber Orchestra help select their own music, which is often at the highest level of difficulty and requires professional levels of preparation and musicality.