Marcus High School Orchestra

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Welcome Future Marcus Orchestra Students!!!

We are excited to have you join us at Marcus High School!  We invite you to join us throughout the year for concerts (check the calendar).  Let us know you're coming, and we'll reserve a special seat for you!

Benefits of Orchestra

More and more, research is showing the benefits of studying a musical instrument.  It is one of the only activities that activates all areas of the brain (check out this video).

Orchestra gives you skills that help you be successful in your other classes and in the world beyond, such as self-confidence, self-discipline, creative problem-solving skills, self-evaluation skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.  These very skills are why students in orchestra for four years are highly attractive in college admissions, even for students not majoring in music.

Membership in the Marcus Orchestra gives you a "family" at Marcus; a place to belong at a very big school.  It's a great way to get your required fine arts and elective credits, and allows you to use the skills you've developed in middle school.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Can I take orchestra for one semester?

A: Orchestra is a year-long commitment.  You must sign up for both semesters.


Q: Can I be in orchestra and another activity?

A: Absolutely, and we encourage you to do so!  See the sample 4 year plan to see how.


Q: How are students placed in the groups?

A: Placement is based on skill level and director input.  All students will complete a placement evaluation in the spring to help us determine the most appropriate placement.  Your current orchestra director will give you information, or email us!


Q: Is orchestra hard at Marcus?

A: We work hard, and we also like to have fun.  If you do what is expected, practice, and work hard, there is a place for you!


Q: Are there a lot of extra rehearsals?

A: While you should expect some, our focus will be on effective practice strategies to reduce the need for rehearsals/sectionals.


Q: Do we have practice records?

A: Students complete practice journals online, which focus on how you practice rather than on how long.


Q: Do we have social events?

A: Absolutely!  Remember, we work hard, and we like to have fun, also!!!


Q: Do we take trips?

A: Yes!!!