The Missouri City Middle School orchestra is a young
program. We teach and play violin,
viola, cello, and string bass. The
program has three class levels: Orchestra I, II, and III. We also have a performing group for those who
want to perform more outside of school and have opportunities to try more
Orchestra I is for those who want to learn to play one of the
four instruments. You will be grouped together
in either a violin and viola class or a cello and bass class. In orchestra one you learn the basic of how
to hold the instrument and bow, play music on the instrument, read music,
count, play individually and as a group.
The first year students perform on at least two concerts during the year
and have the opportunity to perform in the district String Fling Concert in
Orchestra II is the continuation of Orchestra I. The student is expected to continue learning
music reading and performance techniques that allow them to perform more
complex works of music. Students are
expected to learn and perform a solo for the UIL Solo and Ensemble contest in
February. Students will combine with
Orchestra III students for at least two concerts a year and may be expected to
form an orchestra that will participate in the UIL Concert and Sight Reading
contest. Students have the opportunity
to prepare and audition for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region
orchestra. The audition takes place in
October and the clinic and concert is in November.
Orchestra III students continue their improvement in
orchestra techniques and perform higher level music. The student is required to prepare the music for
the TMEA All-Region orchestra auditions.
They prepare and perform solos and ensembles for the UIL Solo and
Ensemble contests. They prepare and perform music for UIL Concert and Sight
Reading Contest. The students have the
opportunity to belong to the Chamber Ensemble.
Currently the Chamber Ensemble is the main performing
organization for the orchestra. They are a small orchestra which meets outside
of class time and is comprised of students from both Orchestra II and III. They prepare music which challenges critical thinking skills
and improves their performance skills.
The group will play for outside events as well as being the go to orchestra
for extra events around school.