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What is Honor String Orchestra?    

Honor String Orchestra is made up of the most advanced string students selected from each elementary school in the district. It is a group that will provide students with the opportunity to take the skills they have been practicing on their instruments, both individually and in class, and apply them to an orchestral group setting. This performance-based ensemble will give those who are at the head of their music classes an extra set of challenges and motivation that will lead to continued success at the next developmental levels.  


Who can join Honor String Orchestra?
Any student currently participating in 4th or 5th grade strings class is welcome and encouraged to audition for Honor String Orchestra. An enthusiastic, hard working attitude is essential for any potential Honor String Orchestra member. Students who are accepted must be willing and able to practice additional music that will be more advanced than the music they are receiving in their weekly music class. Also of note is that, although the Honor String Orchestra is comprised of mixed grade levels, the majority of Honor String students are in the 5th grade. As such, the instructional style and dynamics of our rehearsals are geared toward the maturity level of 5th graders.

When are Honor String Orchestra rehearsals and performances?
For students who are accepted, the Honor String Orchestra will meet every Tuesday from 3:15–5:00, beginning on January 9, 2018 until May 1, 2018, excluding any Tuesdays when school is not in session. Rehearsals for the Honor String Orchestra will take place at Mira Costa High School in room 3 (building G). Performance dates for this season include:  Thursday, February 8 (evening); Saturday, April 21 (all day festival); and Tuesday, May 1 (evening). Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Families must clear any potential schedule conflicts for successful participation.


When are the Honor String Orchestra auditions and how does my son or daughter sign up?
Honor String Orchestra auditions will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Pacific School. Links to the audition sign-up will be posted on this website from October 29–December 1. Please see the audition sign up links at the top of the page. 

What is the audition process?

    The Honor String Orchestra audition is made up of the following three components:
1. Scales:  Students will play two major scales, at least one octave per scale, in a half note rhythm pattern. 
2. Solo Piece:  Students will perform one short solo piece that reflects their current ability level. The solo can be from the suggested audition solo sheet (see links below), or a different solo of choice.   
3. Sight Reading:  Students will play a short excerpt of music that they have never seen before. They will be assessed on their ability to read notes, rhythms, and other musical notation.
Other considerations: Student participation in strings class at school will also be a factor in the selection process. Effort, preparedness, home practice (practice cards), and behavior will all be considered.

How can students prepare for the audition? Why should students consider auditioning?
Honor Orchestra auditions can be a great motivation for students to practice and improve on their instrument. Music time at school is very limited, and not all of the audition components can be thoroughly covered during class. Therefore, the best way a student can prepare for the audition is through individual preparation and practice. 
We are committed to ensuring that every student has a positive audition experience regardless of whether they are accepted into the Honor String Orchestra or not. The process for preparing an audition can in itself help students elevate the level of their individual playing. Please encourage your child to audition for the Honor String Orchestra, and help them understand that the experience of auditioning can be valuable, even if they are not  accepted into the group.


Honor String Orchestra Suggested Audition Solo Sheets
Click on the link below to download audition music.