The Eagle Orchestra rehearses on Monday’s at 7:15am in the band room and is directed by Craig Gonci. All 7th and 8th grade string players are placed in the orchestra and are seated through auditions. A limited number of wind players are accepted through an audition process. Seating auditions will occur during the last week of September; wind auditions will occur during the third week of September.
In addition to rehearsal, students involved in orchestra will attend one sectional per week based on a rotating pullout schedule. Students need to go to their scheduled class before attending sectionals.
Attending the required weekly large group rehearsals is essential to a quality experience for the student and ensures excellence in the music program. Missing three or more rehearsals or three or more lessons/sectionals can hinder student progress and may hinder the musical progress of the student. Of course, situations arise and we always encourage speaking with the director to work through this - child, parent and teacher. The ensemble director will notify you if your student has missed a third rehearsal or third ensemble/sectional so that you are aware of the situation.
Orchestra is a co-curricular program and students are graded on a letter scale: O = Outstanding, S = Satisfactory, and U = Unsatisfactory. Rehearsal attendance, sectional attendance, participation, and attitude are the contributing factors to students’ grades.