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Participation in orchestra provides the student an opportunity to explore and experience the wide range of music found within the standard orchestral repertory. Music of many diverse styles are studied in order to introduce the student to all the possibilities available to them as performing musicians. The instruments taught are violin, viola, cello, bass and harp. 

The Honors Orchestra, composed of a select group of student musicians, has been recognized by professional musicians, university music professors and other music educators from across the country as one of the finest orchestral training programs in North Texas. Our students learn the same ensemble skills and procedural protocols used in professional symphony orchestras. An emphasis is placed on learning and performing actual orchestral repertory rather than educational arrangements or abridgements of musical selections.

The Grand Philharmonic Orchestra is the preparatory ensemble for the Honors Orchestra and is open to any orchestral string instrument player with at least 2-3 years of experience. Basic playing techniques are emphasized and reinforced, allowing the student to gain skill and confidence in their performance.

Orchestra Faculty: Gary Needham