Arts

Orchestra

“When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout … like fireworks in the musician’s brain.”
-- Anita Collins via Ted Talks

The rosin rises like a cloud as the bow dances across the strings of the viola. Nimble fingers stretch and press in unison; the melody emanates from the violins. The young cellist sits erect, total focus on the music as his sound melds in harmony with the other instruments.

The orchestra program at Whitefield Academy offers young musicians the opportunity to excel in musical skill and performance. The program culminates in the Orchestra II course offered to qualified students in grades eight through twelve. Students in this class may audition for the string ensemble, which plays at venues across Atlanta including the Governor’s Mansion and the Decorator’s Show House.

The opportunity for orchestra instruction begins as the Lower School offers violin lessons in an after-school program on a group or individual basis. In the Middle School, fifth and sixth grade students choose a musical elective in orchestra, band, or chorus. Seventh through twelfth graders may continue in orchestra in either the Orchestra I or Orchestra II class as students learn more advanced techniques, study music history and music theory, practice an array of musical styles, and begin to develop compositional skills. Orchestral students at Whitefield perform in chapel services, concerts, and campus events which enrich the life of the community while giving the students valuable experience toward further musical study and performance at the college level or beyond.

Curricular offerings:
  • Fifth grade orchestra elective
  • Orchestra I
  • Orchestra II

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