The Symphonic Orchestra is one of two curricular orchestras at Pennsbury High School and is the flagship curricular orchestra of the Pennsbury School District. Membership is determined by audition in the previous school year. The Symphonic Orchestra is designed for 10th, 11th and 12th grade violin, viola, cello, string bass, and harp students who wish to develop their ability to perform instrumental music. Included are studies of instrumental technique, music reading, expressive playing, critical listening, diverse instrumental literature, and performance skills. Students are required to attend two lesson per quarter and all performances are mandatory. Lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis to minimize interference with other subjects. Membership in the Concert Orchestra is a prerequisite for participation in the Bucks County Youth Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Music Educators’ District, Region, State and National Music Festivals.
PHS Symphonic Orchestra students visit West Chester University to rehearse
Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten for their Side-by-Side concert with
the West Chester University Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Sylvia
Ahramjian. Rehearsal (L), Concert (R)
PHS Orchestra students volunteered to perform for the Historic Fallsington
Society in Morrisville on November 16.
Tony Perollo, free-lance Cellist in the Philadelphia area and Principal Cellist of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, and Robert Kesselman, Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra visited Pennsbury High School to provide a master class for the Instrumental Music students. The Students who participated in the master classes are preparing for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 audition in mid-December. LuigiMazzochi, (bottom left), concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. Luigi Mazzochi, conducted a Violin and Viola Masterclass for the orchestra students at Pennsbury High School. Students who participated are auditioning for the PMEA District 11 Orchestra in mid-December.