Chamber Orchestra is a co-curricular club. Students must be enrolled in a music performance ensemble to be eligible for membership, and pass an audition. Its purpose is to give advanced players of string instruments the opportunity to function as professionals. The group is occasionally given class time to break off from the class and rehearse, and rehearses one afternoon per month with the director acting as coach rather than conductor.
Students must audition for membership. Auditions are typically in September.
Students are expected to individually learn the music entirely on their own and not at rehearsal. This is very different from the middle school model, and I know because I directed it for years. Players are held to professional standards and are expected to come to rehearsals already knowing the repertoire. Rehearsals are used to shape the artistry of the piece.
Chamber Orchestra will be considered an official club/activity that you can list on your resumé when applying to college.
FOR FRESHMEN: DIFFERENCES FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chamber Orchestra takes on a different meaning at the high school than at the middle school for a number of reasons. At the high school, a one year pre-requisite of Concert Orchestra is required before being eligible to audition for Symphonic Orchestra. Therefore, all freshmen go into Concert Orchestra for their first year. Chamber Orchestra is a wonderful way to branch out and play more challenging repertoire in a professional environment for the student that wants to play more advanced repertoire.