The Mentor High School has three orchestras: Concert, Symphony and Mannheim Chamber
This ensemble, containing only instruments from the string family, serves as a bridge from our middle school ensembles to our top tier high school ensembles. Students in this ensemble will not only be exposed to exercises that help improve their physical skills, but they will also be exposed to musical pieces that elevate their musicianship skills beyond the middle school level. With the conclusion of this course each year, every student will be given an opportunity to audition for the Symphony and Mannheim Orchestras.
This course is built with the top string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students in our district. The students perform professional-level compositions and each year will enter the OMEA State Orchestra Contest in the highest tier available. In order to be recommended for this course, students must score high enough on an entrance audition which requires a solo performance of music that is indicative of our OMEA class. These auditions occur in the spring and are open to any 8th grade string student as well as any student who has completed a year in the Concert Orchestra.
This is an extra-curricular ensemble built with the top string students in the district. The students perform professional level compositions and, like the Symphony Orchestra, enter the OMEA State Orchestra Contest each year in the highest tier available. In order to be considered for this extra curricular ensemble, students must score high enough on an entrance audition which requires a solo performance of music that is indicative of our OMEA class. These auditions occur in the spring and are open to any 8th grade string student as well as any student who has completed a year in the Concert or Symphony Orchestra.
2013-2014 CONCERT DATES
- Wed Oct 9 - Mentor High Orchestras
- Wed Dec 11 - Mentor High Orchestras
- Thur Jan 23 - Mentor High Collage Concert(*Symphony & Mannheim)
- Tues Feb 18 - Mentor High Orchestras with 7th 7 8th grades.
- Wed Apr 23 - Jazz Festival(Mannheim,Jazz Bands)
- April 24 - Jazz Concert 7 P.M.
- May 6 - Mentor High Orchestras
All concerts begin at 7 PM in the Fine Arts Center
Mentor Orchestra Association
The Mentor ORchestra Association (MOA) is the support organization for the Orchestra Program throughout the Mentor School District. Parents and guardians of an orchestra student, orchestra directors, principals, and student officers are members of MOA. MOA membbers are actively involved in volunteering. Examples include helping at concerts, chaperoning events, transporting equipment, and managing uniforms. Fund raising efforts help MOA provide annual scholarship(s), sectional coaches, special guest fees, uniforms, reward parties, contest fees, awards, significant Manheim Camp support, and some music and equipment for the Orchestra Program. MOA typically conducts two fundraisers per year to help support this effort. It is a privilege to support our very talented students and dedicated staff in the Mentor Schools Orchestra Program!
Mentor Orchestra Association 2013-2014 Meeting Dates
September 9, 2013
October 14, 2013
November 4, 2013
January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
April 7, 2014
All meetings are held on Mondays at 7:30 PM in the Music Wing of the High School