About our classes

The East High Orchestra program offers a varied and diverse string experience with beginning to advanced classes on violin, viola, cello and bass.  We strive to provide a diverse musical education in the classic tradition as well as world music including the popular music of today and past generations.

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Ms. Wilkins in class, teaching.
Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic orchestra takes place during 4th period and it considered the class for advanced students who wish to play harder music at a higher level. Many of these students have played their instruments for several years and continue to push themselves skillwise in the art of music. This class plays advanced level music and occasionally travels abroad to preform at venues all of the United States. The Orchestra plans on attending a music festival in Hawaii in 2018.
East High Orchestra students hard at work.
Concert Orchestra


Concert orchestra takes place during the 3rd and 5th periods and is home to students who wish to achieve a lot in the fine arts program but do not have the neccesary skill required to play the advanced pieces that the Symphonic orchestra preforms. The students in this orchestra learn to play more difficult material in preperation for Symphonic Orchestra. The students also hone their music reading abilities as well as their proficiency at major and minor scales. 

Ms Wilkins teaching.
String Technique and Solo Ensemble Classes
The East High Orchestra program also offers a String Technique class to begin any interested student on a String Instrument of their choice (violin, viola, cello and bass).  This class meets 2nd period and is open to all.
The Solo ensemble class is open to any instrument, including piano and excluding guitar.  It is a self motivated and independent study class where students can focus on their instrument of choice in a practice intense way.  We play weekly in class and periodically hold informal concerts in the Music Commons.  The class meets 1st period.

Goals of our performing ensembles:
  1. Breathe, move, cue, and perform together in synchrony with other musicians. 

  2. Perform accurate rhythms together within a synchronized pulse and a musically convincing tempo. 

  3. Use the same bow weight, speed, and contact point as the other members of the section to create a well-blended ensemble tone and timbre. 

  4. Finely tune one’s own notes to be in tune with other musicians.

  5. Perform the same bowings, articulations, and styles in the same part of the bow as other members of one’s section. 

  6. Use a volume that blends with the section, that balances the importance of one’s own part with respect to the parts of other sections of the ensemble, and that agrees with other players through the peaks, valleys, and points in between of all dynamics and phrasing. 

  7. Convey clear and musically expressive ideas that go beyond the notes on the page; these musical concepts include character, style, interpretation, beauty, intensity, mood, and emotion.