District 63 offers a wide variety of orchestra programs serving students from 5th-8th grade in all six schools.Elementary Orchestra is for 5th grade students who want to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. These students are in their preparatory stages of learning a stringed instrument. In their first year, they will build a strong foundation of proper bow hold, playing position, note reading, and playing in a string ensemble.
Cadet Orchestra is open to 6th grade students who learned to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass while in elementary school. They build a stronger foundation on bow hold, sound production, playing position, note reading, and playing in a string ensembleConcert Orchestra is for 7th grade students who want to further their orchestral experience. Concert Orchestra students will continue to expand their musical knowledge and skills by learning more key signatures, more complex rhythms, tuning, and more.
Gemini Philharmonic is for 8th grade students who play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. These students are in their fourth year of string studies, continuing their string pedagogy with in-depth learning of rhythms, note reading, and extended technique.
Cadence Strings is an audition-based advanced string ensemble comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. They raise the bar in string musicianship through extensive string studies, including extended techniques such as complex note rhythm and note reading. This ensemble also reaches out into the community by performing at nursing homes, homeless shelters, and other community venues.