COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Piano
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.  

Chamber Orchestra
The BHS Chamber Orchestra is the entry level orchestra at Bellaire HS.  No audition is required.  This class is for students that have at least one year of experience on a stringed instrument.  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).   

Audition Requirements:  NONE

Lyrica Orchestra:
The BHS Lyrica Orchestra is the intermediate level orchestra at Bellaire HS.   Members are selected through an audition process.  Students must have at least one year of experience on a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass).   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).   

Incoming Student Audition Requirements:  Scale and solo of the student's choice.  Students will also be expected to sight-read.  
Current Student Audition Requirements:  An audition packet will be provided in April and video auditions will be due in May.

Philharmonic Orchestra:
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 did not participate in the TMEA Region 23 Orchestra during their 8th grade year.   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.

Incoming Student Audition Requirements:   Scale and solo of student's choice (2 or 3 octave scale is preferred).  Students will also be expected to sight-read.
Current Student Audition Requirements:  An audition packet will be provided in April and video auditions will be due in May.

Sinfonia:
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 their 8th grade year, and with a recommendation from their current director.   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.

Audition Requirements:  3 octave scale of student's choice, and a solo (All-State etudes may be used as the solo).  Students will also be expected to sight-read.
Current Student Audition Requirements:  An audition packet will be provided in April and video auditions will be due in May.

IB Music:
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.

Auditions will be held during the two weeks prior to the start of school.  
Please contact Mrs. Reynosa to set up a time.

 

CONTACT US:
5100 Maple St  |  Bellaire TX 77401
Phone:  713-295-3751
Email:  bellaireorchestra@gmail.com