The Ames High School Orchestra is open to students in grades 9-12 with prior orchestra experience.
Freshman Orchestra is open to 9th grade students and performs at most concerts. The focus is on tone production, intonation, rhythm, articulation, dynamics and expression. We will expand on foundational music literacy through the study of music theory.
Orchestra consists of students in grades 10-12 and focuses on development and improvement of advanced technique, musicianship, style, knowledge of music history and theory through the study and performance of advanced student and professional orchestral literature. The 10-12 Orchestra performs at all concerts at AHS and also throughout the community.
AHS Philharmonic includes all members of the 10-12 orchestra and select members of the band. The AHS Philharmonic performs advanced and professional full orchestra literature from a variety of genres. The AHS Philharmonic will meet from 7:20-8:10 a.m. on Thursday mornings beginning Nov. 2.
Chamber Orchestra is open to orchestra members looking for an extra challenge. Chamber Orchestra members will learn a large and varied repertoire – performing on concerts as a larger ensemble, as well as breaking off into smaller groups to perform throughout the community. Rehearsals are 7:20-8:10 a.m. on Tuesday Mornings.