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Downing Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

For students who have been playing two or more years.

The Chamber Orchestra is made up of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  It is our more competitive, audition-only orchestra.  In this group, students play more difficult music and focus on advanced techniques for their instruments.  Students learn about a variety of styles in music and how to apply them to their instruments.  The Chamber Orchestra performs at all orchestra concerts, and competes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading as well as the Director’s Choice Festival.  Students are also encouraged to compete in All Region Orchestra and the LISD Solo and Ensemble Competition.  Our Chamber Orchestra has won many "Superior" awards in both UIL Concert and Sight Reading and the Director's Choice Music Festival.  They have also received "Best In Class" and "Best in Show" at the Director's Choice Festival many times!

The Downing Orchestras

Rockestra

For Philharmonic, Symphonic and Chamber students who are ready to ROCK OUT!

Rockestra starts every year after spring break and meets once a week after school from 4:15-5:00.  The Rockestra plays popular music from the 1950‘s and on, and studies improvisation technique.  Rockestra also gets a “crash course” in rock history. 


The students are joined by a professional guitarist, bass player, and drummer.  Any student in the Philharmonic, Symphonic or Chamber Orchestras is eligible to be a part of Rockestra!

Questions about the orchestras?

Contact Ms. Hardwick!


Email: hardwickb@lisd.net

Phone: 972-350-1450


Philharmonic Orchestra

For students who have been playing about a year.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  In this group, students start playing more difficult music and focus on new techniques while still solidifying their skills .  Students learn about a variety of styles in music and how to apply them to their instruments.  The Philharmonic Orchestra performs at all orchestra concerts, and competes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading as well as the Director’s Choice Festival.  Our Philharmonic Orchestra has won many "Superior" awards in both UIL Concert and Sight Reading and the Director's Choice Music Festival.  

Beginner Orchestra

For students with no previous string instrument experience.

The Beginner Orchestra is made up of mostly sixth graders.  Here, students begin learning about one of the four stringed instruments: violin, viola, cello, or bass.  Students learn about technique, music theory, and begin reading music.  Classes are separated by instrument, allowing more individual attention.  The Beginner Orchestra performs at all concerts and competes in the Sandy Lake Music Festival.  Students are also encouraged to compete in the LISD Solo and Ensemble Competition.  The Beginner Orchestra has won "Superior" awards, the highest honor, every year at Sandy Lake Music Festival!

Symphonic Orchestra

For students who have been playing about a year.

The Symphonic Orchestra is made up of sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  In this group, students play more difficult music and focus on advanced techniques for their instruments.  Students learn about a variety of styles in music and how to apply them to their instruments.  The Symphonic Orchestra performs at all orchestra concerts, and competes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading as well as the Director’s Choice Festival.  Students are also encouraged to compete in All Region Orchestra and the LISD Solo and Ensemble Competition.  Our Symphonic Orchestra has won many "Superior" awards in both UIL Concert and Sight Reading and the Director's Choice Music Festival.