The Orchestras

    string instruments
    The Richmond County Orchestra program includes six after school orchestras of varying ability levels. Students who attend string classes at their schools are offered the opportunity to participate in these orchestras through audition. Each orchestra performs three concerts a year; on top of three concerts, the middle and high school orchestras participate in the annual Large Group Performance Evaluation, adjudicated by the Georgia Music Educators Association. Here is a list of the orchestras, as well as their rehearsal information.
    Beginner Honor Orchestra
    Comprised of beginning 4th & 5th graders, the Beginner Honor Orchestra holds auditions and rehearsals in the spring. There are only 5 after school rehearsals during that period, and all of them are held on Thursdays. Due to the size of the whole Beginner group, we split the night into two rehearsals and divide the students between these two rehearsals by string teacher.

    Intermediate Orchestra
    Comprised of returning 5th graders, the Intermediate Orchestra holds auditions in the fall with rehearsals on Monday nights from 5:45 to 7 p.m. 

    Prelude Orchestra
    The Prelude Orchestra is the first middle school orchestra, comprised of 6th grade students. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 6:00 to 7:15.

     Filarmonico is the second middle school orchestra, comprised of 7th and 8th grade students. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 5:45 to 7:20.

    High School Symphony
    Symphony is the larger of the two high school orchestras, and is comprised of students in grades 9 through 12. Select students from Philharmonico are occasionally invited to participate for a chance to gain some experience playing high school level music. Symphony rehearses on Tuesday nights from 6 to 7:30. 

    High School Chamber
    The Chamber Orchestra is the smaller of the two high school orchestras, and performs pieces intended for smaller string orchestras. Chamber rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8:30.
    (For the sake of safety and politeness, please make sure that students are picked up promptly after rehearsals.)

The Orchestra Faculty

  • Orchestra Teacher

    Elementary Schools

    Robert Browning

    A. Brian Merry, Garrett, Warren Road

    Chris Connolly

    Craig-Houghton, Hornsby K-8, Lamar-Milledge, 

     Monte Sano, Wilkinson-Gardens

    Amy Ellington

    Copeland, Lake Forest Hills, Sue Reynolds

    Barry Garman

    Bayvale, Jenkins-White, Terrace Manor,

    C.T. Walker, Wheeless Road

    Bonnie Harris

    Deer Chase, Diamond Lakes, Jamestown, 

    Meadowbrook, Willis Foreman

    Sara Lokey

    Rollins, Windsor Spring

    Rachel Misner

    Blythe, Gracewood, Hephzibah Elementary, 

    Tobacco Road


    Goshen, Hains, McBean, Southside

    Lynn Strong

    Barton Chapel, Freedom Park,

    Glenn Hills Elementary