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    Course Title: Chamber Orchestra
    Course Description:

    The Chamber Orchestra is highly accomplished students who play a stringed instrument and have successfully auditioned into the orchestra. Wind and percussion students wishing to perform with the orchestra must be enrolled in the band and are placed in the orchestra as needed by audition. The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine students’ musical experiences and technique through performance of masterworks written for string and symphonic orchestra. While focusing on traditional orchestra music,it is the intent of this class to expose students to a wide variety of music from the past and present and from our own and other cultures. Once per week the orchestra is joined by select members of the Symphonic Band for a full orchestra rehearsal. The Chamber Orchestra performs several evening concerts each year that are required for participation. In addition to regular performances at BHS, performance opportunities include IMEA Honors orchestra, solo/ensemble festival, Fine Arts Musical Pit Orchestra, and performances in the community. 

    Enduring Understandings:
    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.
    Essential Questions:
      • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      • How do elements and principles facilitate the creative process?
      • How do you skill and technique enable the creative process?
      • How do we use critique to inform our art?


    Course Academic Vocabulary:
    Specific Musical Terms, i.e. allegro, forte, diminuendo, rallentando, arco, pizzicato, etc.

    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Interpretation, Music History, Chamber Music, Music Theory, Music performance