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General Information

The District 95 Orchestra Program offers students an opportunity for personal growth and enrichment through the study of a stringed instrument.  At the middle school level, this includes the study of orchestral music literature, string performance, and music history.

Intermezzo Orchestra

The Intermezzo Orchestra is made up of sixth grade students. The Intermezzo Orchestra rehearses every day for 30 minutes as a large ensemble.  In addition, each student receives a weekly sectional class.

Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is made up of seventh and eighth grade students.  The Chamber Orchestra rehearses every day for 30 minutes as a large ensemble.  In addition, each student receives a weekly sectional class.

Other Ensembles

Students may participate in additional ensembles that rehearse after school and perform at most concerts in addition to other events.

Middle School South Silly Strings performs repertoire of a pop nature that includes rock, fiddle, broadway, light classical, and movie soundtracks.

Middle School North Atomic Strings focuses on musical creativity where students compose, improvise, and perform their own music.

The Middle School North Quartet is an auditioned ensemble that is made up of elite string players performing standard string quartet music.


Students enrolled in the middle school Orchestra programs perform in four concerts during the school year.  Sixth grade orchestra students attend an annual field trip to the Middle School Orchestra Consortium sponsored by the University of Illinois School of Music. Orchestra students may participate in many additional performance opportunities such as Orchestra Performance Trip, IMEA Festival, IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest, Community Youth Orchestras, and more. 

Middle School Orchestra Directors

At Middle School North, the orchestras are led by Mr. Riley Broach.  At Middle School South, the orchestras are led by Mr. Ron Polomchak. Please visit their websites for more information about the respective school orchestras.
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