BHS Piano Class is a performance class rather than piano labs. Students are selected by audition and perform annual solo and duet recitals. Students are regularly assessed on scales and sight-reading. It is preferred that students in this course have a private piano instructor. In addition, piano students are encouraged to participate in the annual UIL Solo Contest. There is only one class period of piano, with 13 spots available.
The BHS Chamber Orchestra is the entry level orchestra at Bellaire HS. No audition is required. Students must have at least one year of experience on a stringed instrument. Any freshman that does not qualify for Philharmonic or Sinfonia will be placed into Chamber Orchestra. The main emphasis of this class is on posture, note reading, rhythms, and ensemble technique. Chamber Orchestra students are required to participate in all scheduled rehearsals and concerts (3 per year).
The BHS Lyrica Orchestra is the intermediate level orchestra at Bellaire HS. Members are selected through an audition process. This class is for 10th-12th grade students that do not qualify for Philharmonic or Sinfonia. The main emphasis of this class is on advanced rhythms, shifting, and ensemble technique. Lyrica Orchestra students are required to participate in all scheduled rehearsals and concerts (3 per year).
The BHS Philharmonic is the Non-Varsity level orchestra at Bellaire HS. Members are selected through an audition process. Philharmonic is the highest level a freshman can attain if they do not meet the audition requirements for Sinfonia. Students in this orchestra participate in the annual UIL contest, Students with private teachers are encouraged to audition for the region/state orchestra and participate in the solo and ensemble contest. This orchestra requires an increased level of commitment from all students.
The BHS Sinfonia is the Varsity level orchestra at Bellaire HS. Members are selected through an audition process. Entering freshmen can audition for this group if they participated in the TMEA Region orchestras during middle school, or if they are in the top orchestra of the Houston Youth Symphony. In addition, any current Bellaire student that wishes to audition for this ensemble must have taken orchestra for at least one year at Bellaire. Students from out of city/state will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students in this orchestra participate in the annual Honor Orchestra Competition, silent film concert, and UIL Contest. Students with private teachers are encouraged to audition for the region and state orchestras. This orchestra requires an increased level of commitment from all students.
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors that have taken orchestra for at least one year may sign-up for IB Music (5.0 class). This is not a separate class. Students are simply placed onto the IB roster for the orchestra class in which they are enrolled. IB Music students are required to complete additional music history and theory assignments, submit music related projects, and take the IB Music test at the end of their junior or senior year. An additional fee is collected for this course. More information will be handed out at the beginning of each school year.