Concert Orchestra

Intermediate Orchestra (Concert Orchestra)

Course - 923815
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite – Attainment of beginning level skills and permission of instructor

– Students in this ensemble consist of mainly beginning to intermediate students. Students develop basic note reading and playing techniques. Students in Concert Orchestra will perform in three major concerts throughout the school year and participate in the District X (Ten) Orchestra Assessment in March. They are required to attend all outside of school commitments throughout the school year. Students perform literature ranging from VBODA Grade II-IV.

– FCPS Course Description - Students develop skills as individual musicians and as members of a musical group. Guidance will be given by the instructor in the selection of an instrument. Course content includes beginning level technical and ensemble skills necessary for performance. Some performance opportunities are provided. Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.


Symphonic Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra – Level 1 (Symphonic Orchestra)

Course - 923915
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite – Successful audition or permission of instructor

– Students in this ensemble consist of mainly intermediate to advanced players. Students continue to develop skills in note reading and playing technique. Students in Symphonic Orchestra will perform in all three major concerts throughout the school year and participate in the District X (Ten) Orchestra Assessment in March. They are required to attend all outside of school commitments throughout the school year. Students perform literature ranging from VBODA Grade III-V.

– FCPS Course Description - Students in this course form the representative string performing group for the school. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced technical, ensemble, and disciplinary skills necessary for refined rehearsal and performance both in and out of school. Based on successful completion of sequential concepts for each level, students will continue as specified in course level. Students must meet both the school day and after-school participation requirements to receive credit for this course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.


Chamber Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra – Level 2 (Chamber Orchestra)

Course – 923916
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite – Successful Audition

 Students in this ensemble consist of advanced players. Students in this ensemble represent Falls Church High School in district, regional and all-state events. Students are required to audition for the District X (Ten) All-District Orchestra. Students in Chamber Orchestra will perform in all three major concerts throughout the school year, participate in District X (Ten) Orchestra Assessment in March and play at Baccalaureate in June. They are required to attend all outside of school commitments throughout the school year. Students perform literature ranging from VBODA Grade IV-VI. 

– FCPS Course Description - Students continue developing as individual musicians and as members of a musical group. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced level technical and ensemble skills necessary for performance. Students must meet both the school day and outside of the school day participation requirements to receive credit for the course.

This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.