Welcome to the North Augusta High School Orchestras!
The Nahs Orchestras Are Performance-based String Ensemble Music Courses, Comprised of the Concert Orchestra (1st Period) and Symphonic Orchestra (3rd Period). Each Ensemble Is Comprised of Students Who Have Had Prior Experience in a Strings Program on One of the Four String Instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass. the Instruction of This Course Utilizes a Method Book, Repertoire, and Additional Supplemental Materials to Allow for the Musical Development and Growth of All Students. in This Course, Students Will Receive Instruction in Instrumental Music Performance on String Instruments, and Continued Instruction of Music Reading Skills. They Will Also Work on Instrument and Ensemble Performance Skills (I.e. Posture, Technique, Tone Production, Aural Skills, Ensemble Blend/Balance, Performance Etiquette). Students in Both the Concert and Symphonic Orchestras Will Perform Concerts Throughout the Year That Feature Repertoire Learned During Class and Rehearsals. Students Will Also Participate in County/State Wide Events, Including Region/All-state Orchestra, the Garcia Orchestra Festival, Concert Performance Assessment, and the Carowinds Festival of Music.In Its Ninth Year of Existence, the North Augusta Orchestra Program Will Be Striving to Achieve a Deeper Knowledge of the Fundamentals Required to Play String Instruments. Students Will Be Expected to Process Information Learned in Fundamentals Time and Apply Those Concepts to Our Performance Pieces. Students Will Experience Playing As a Full Orchestra and in Small Chamber Music Settings. Listening Will Be an Extensive Journey into Learning About the Great Composers of Music History, As Well As Modern and Contemporary Composers That Continue to Influence the Development of Music. Students in the Nahs Orchestras Are Expected to Listen, Comprehend, and Discuss Music at an Advanced Level, and Then Expected to Perform Those Elements of Music in Their Own Concert Performances. There Will Be Several Concerts That Occur Throughout the Year: a Winter Concert in December, the Garcia Orchestra Festival in March, Concert Performance Assessment in March, a Performance at the Festival of Music in Carowinds in April, and a Spring Concert in May. the Nahs Orchestra Received Superior Ratings at the Carowinds Festival of Music in 2019, 2022, and 2023. the Orchestra Also Received an Excellent Rating for Their Stage Performance and a Superior Rating in Sight-reading at Their First Performance at the Sc State Concert Performance Assessment in 2023. More Information About Upcoming Events Will Be Provided As They Become Available. We Are Excited About This Next Year of Growth and Musical Development for the Two Orchestra Ensembles at Nahs!Director: Samantha Newcombsnewcomb@acpsd.net