The award-winning Ronald Thornton Middle School Orchestra continues its legacy of excellence. Since the orchestra's inaugural season in 2018, the Thundercat Orchestra has grown in the number of musicians and continues earning medals and trophies of excellence at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and festivals. The RTMS Orchestras perform quality repertoire with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement.


    Our orchestra students model all attributes of Fort Bend ISD's Profile of a Graduate. Along with musical skills on their orchestral string instruments, students demonstrate unyielding work ethic, self-initiation, collaboration and teamwork, compassion, and grit. Community involvement and pristine performances are key to the program's success. Students begin community involvement by reaching out to students at our school. The majority of our students also serve RTMS as school athletes, performers in other fine arts organizations, NJHS members, academic club members, and musicians in our other music fine arts departments, band and choir.


    The orchestras rehearse daily in class. Our performing ensembles, Symphony and Chamber Strings, also attend weekly technique sectionals and ensemble rehearsals. Each orchestra also works with world-class clinicians to further develop their technique and refine their repertoire. For more information about our orchestras, please contact Mrs. Hernandez, the Director of Orchestras, via email or office phone. Parents, guardians, teachers, staff and our community are encouraged to attend all performances, concerts, and contests throughout the orchestral season. Furthermore, parents and guardians are also able to attend our daily in-class rehearsals by appointment with Mrs. Hernandez and RTMS administration.