Orchestra (Year) Grades 7 and 8 This course develops skills on the violin, viola, cello, and bass by learning advanced techniques (shifting, vibrato, etc.) and performing in school, district, and community concerts. Students are also exposed to Music History and Music Theory in a practical approach to the orchestra repertoire. The 7th and 8th grade Orchestras are for students who have already received 2-3 years of instruction. By signing up for Strings, the student and parents are making a commitment to be in the program for the entire school year.

    Honors Orchestra (Year) Grades 7 and 8 Selected by Audition This course is the highest level of orchestra, and private lessons are encouraged for its members. Members of this group should be able to demonstrate advanced technical ability on their individual instrument including beginning to shift, vibrate, and perform in advanced keys. Honors orchestra students are strongly encouraged to participate in district and community youth orchestras and to audition for Region and All-State ensembles. Honors orchestra students are often asked to attend day and/or overnight festival competitions in the spring enabling students to experience teamwork and cooperation. The Honors orchestra is designed for students who have completed three or more years of string instruction and it may require some after school practices to prepare for performances and/or festivals. Students must audition annually for the Chapin Middle School orchestra director and have a recommendation from the current year’s teacher.