The AHS Chamber Orchestra consists of students in grades 9-12 who are currently performing at an advanced level. This ensemble performs numerous times throughout the year with a focus on high level artistry and musical achievement. Students in this group also make up the string section for the Symphony Orchestra, and have the opportunity to apply for GT credit. Public performances include, but are not limited to, the AHS Music Department's fall concert, winter concert, POPS concert, annual spring trip, HCPSS assessments, spring concert, chamber music recital, as well as engagements throughout the community. The AHS String Orchestra is an auditioned musical ensemble.
In addition to large ensemble work, all orchestra students actively participate in chamber music. Largely student driven, this chamber music study culminates with an orchestra program chamber music recital. Throughout the year, students also perform in small groups throughout the community, sharing all of their hard work and enriching the lives of others.
The AHS Concert Orchestra may consist of students in 9th-12th grade. Concert Orchestra maintains a focus on developing technique. Vibrato, shifting, bowing, and much more are reviewed and covered in this course. This group performs periodically throughout the school year, combining forces with the Chamber Orchestra for select pieces and events. This is the appropriate group for the typical incoming 9th grader, upper-classmen who are returning to strings after a couple of years break, and those who still need some work on developing more advanced technique. In addition to performing throughout the year, this group travels on the department trip in the spring. No audition is required to participate, however, previous experience on an instrument is necessary