Program Curriculum & Philosophy
The Prospect High School Orchestra’s curriculum is developed to engage students through a variety of ensemble experiences and to provide opportunities for students to develop as individual performers.
Rehearsals are designed for students to explore their musical interest, creativity, and imagination within the ensemble. Instructional lesson are designed to facilitate the technical and musical growth of each student, while encouraging positive social interactions, leadership skills, and cognitive abilities, which will have a consequential effect in disciplines across content areas. In turn, these experiences will provide an opportunity for students to reach their full potential as individuals, musicians, and allow them to contribute positively to our community and society.
Prospect has three orchestras that meet during the regular school day: Concert Orchestra (period 6), Chamber Orchestra (period 5), and Symphony Orchestra (period 5).
Concert Orchestra is a string-only ensemble that works heavily on musicianship, technique, tone, and performs several concerts throughout the school year. An audition is not required for participation in Concert Orchestra. This ensemble includes all freshman and some upperclassman string players.
Chamber Orchestra is an advanced string ensemble that focuses primarily on challenging string literature at an advanced level. This ensemble performs several concerts and participates in at least one festival per school year. An audition is required for participation in Chamber Orchestra. String players in Chamber are also members of Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras rehearse during 5th period. Private lessons, though not required, are strongly encouraged for the student musician wishing to participate in Chamber Orchestra.
Symphony Orchestra performs challenging full-symphony literature at an advanced level. This ensemble performs several concerts and participates in at least one festival per school year. Symphony Orchestra Wind and Percussion players are selected by audition.
Solo & Ensemble – Each spring, string players work together to prepare for the annual solo and ensemble festival/performances.
Quartet/Quintet – This is a small, student-lead ensemble that plays at Prospect, District, and community events.