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Mrs. Laura Pendleton,, ext. 191


The String Orchestra class is open to all students (freshman–seniors) with experience on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello and double bass. No audition is necessary to participate.

Performance, music history, music theory and musical techniques are learned throughout music of different styles and from different time periods. Basic performance skills included in this course are note recognition, rhythm recognition, key signatures, musical vocabulary and bowing technique. Basic theory skills included in the course are knowledge of the circle of fifths and intervals. A freshman or sophomore may take two consecutive semesters of string orchestra instead of the one semester fine arts course in order to complete the fine arts graduation requirement.

Performances & Events


Christmas Concert (December)
Winter Concert (February)
Spring Concert (May)

Individual Student Events

ILMEA District Festival (by audition)
ILMEA All-State (by audition)
IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest (March)
Northwestern Solo & Ensemble Contest (March)


Every three years, members of Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles 1 & 2 and String Orchestra, are invited to travel to Disney World in Florida. The students perform a concert at Disney World and also take part in a studio workshop.