Orchestra at Mt. Carmel is made up of over 50 string musicians and auditioned select woodwinds, brass, and percussionist. Only string players should enroll in Orchestra class during all three trimesters and the class meets period 4 during the day. The first trimester for string players is focused on perfecting the individual’s musician skills and reinforcement of ensemble listening skills. We then work toward trimester two and three which primarily focuses on the Orchestral repertoire. String musicians will receive section coaching on their instrument weekly to help them with individual technique and specialized instruction by a professional musician. This additional instruction is one of the many reasons Mt. Carmel’s orchestra is regarded as one of the finest high school orchestras in the San Diego area.
The orchestra performs several concerts throughout the year, performs at two adjudicated festivals and their end-of-the-year Pops Concert. Many of our top-string players will also be given the opportunity to perform in some of the school’s advanced ensembles and the musical during the Spring.
The full orchestra meets Tuesday evenings during trimesters 2 and 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the music building. This is where the full ensemble will work on putting all parts together on their major works for festivals and concerts.