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Incoming Freshman


BE EXTRAORDINARY  Come one, come all.  We want you to be a part of the LT Orchestra family.  All experience levels, we want to share a music stand with you! 
PERFORM  MAJOR  ORCHESTRAL  WORKS in a large orchestra setting.  Experience the power and emotion of a large ensemble.  Composers have included:  Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Wagner, Respighi, Berlioz, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky,  Bartok, and Copland.  LT Orchestras have also performed in historic concert halls at Symphony Center in Chicago, Orchestra Hall in Boston, Krannert Center at the University of Illinois, and various other university concert halls.
Destinations have included:  St. Louis, Toronto, New York City, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Beach, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, and ITALY!
Renowned soloists experienced “in Concert” have included:  Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, PDQ Bach, John Williams, Denise Graves & Cecilia Bartoli, Hubbard Street Dance Ensemble, and Gustavo Dudamel.  Visiting clinicians have included:  professional violin makers, university conductors, and professional string players.  Annually we host a visiting university orchestra and experience at least one performance at Symphony Center in Chicago.
CHALLENGE yourself to be the best string player you can be.  We offer opportunities to learn in a friendly environment, opportunities to lead your peers, and opportunities to perform in the community.  We want to take you to the next level in your musical growth.
Students are showcased on concerts throughout the year as:  Concerto Winners, Chamber Musicians, and Composers.  Students also have the option to audition for the prestigious IMEA Festival Orchestra.
Throughout four years of daily rehearsals, public performances, and working together to create beauty, LT Orchestra enhances friendships, produces community, sharpens teamwork, and makes memories that last a lifetime.
Orchestra class provides a Fine Arts Credit for graduation.
Orchestra can be taken “credit/no credit” so credit is earned, but class rank is not affected.
The LT Orchestra performs five mandatory concerts per school year.  Countless other performance opportunities exist but are voluntary.  String students are free to be as involved in extra orchestral activities as they wish.
Courses at South Campus
Concert Orchestra is a regular class and meets during the school day for all incoming freshmen and most sophomore string players.  Students receive one fine arts credit for a year-long orchestra class.  During the second semester of their freshmen year, students have the option to audition for North Campus Symphonic Orchestra as a sophomore to perform more challenging music and receive Level 4 credit.
Courses at North Campus
Symphony Orchestra meets during the school day for any junior and senior string players and sophomores who have successfully auditioned.  This course is a full orchestra experience with strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion students, and receives Level 4 credit.  Woodwind, brass, and percussion students are drawn from the North Campus Wind Ensemble.
Sinfonietta meets during the school day for junior and senior string players who have successfully auditioned.  This course offers study and performance of advanced string orchestra literature and chamber music.  Repertoire will be performed without a conductor so soloistic playing and independent part mastery is expected.  Private study on one’s principal instrument is strongly recommended.  Sinfonietta also receives a Level 4 credit.