Orchestra 


Welcome to the Bishop Gorman orchestra program!  The Bishop Gorman orchestra program consists of 6th grade beginning orchestra, 7th-8th grade middle school orchestra, and the high school orchestra.

All 6th graders start their year with a fine arts exploratory, consisting of about 2 ½ weeks each of orchestra, band, choir, and art.  Around the beginning of November they choose their fine arts elective.  At that time 6th graders in orchestra begin learning to play the violin, viola, or cello.  They conclude their first year of playing by performing in the school spring concert.

Middle school orchestra students continue developing fundamental playing skills while expanding their performance opportunities.  They participate in the school Christmas and spring concerts, various performance opportunities around the community, solo and ensemble contest, and region orchestra auditions. 

High school students continue to develop their fundamental playing skills while expanding even more in their performance and audition opportunities.  In addition to the school Christmas and spring concerts, and various performance opportunities around the community, they also compete in TMEA All-Region, TMEA All-State, TPSMEA All-Region, TPSMEA All-State, and solo and ensemble competition.  Gorman students have earned chairs in the TPSMEA All-State orchestra, both TMEA and TPSMEA All-Region. Orchestra, and first division ratings at solo and ensemble contest.

Orchestra Links

Apps  
Staffwars Note learning game
Tonal Energy Tuner, metronome, and other features
Tempo Metronome
   
Websites  
Fiddlerman.com  String learning tools and music
Musiccards.net  Flashcards for learning note names
Musictheory.net  Music theory exercises
Musicracer.com Note names, fingerings, and musical terms
Therhythmtrainer.com  Counting practice
8notes.com   Free music and lessons
TMEA.org  Texas Music Educator’s Association
TPSMEA.org  Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association

 

Tina Beason

Orchestra Director
Phone: 903-561-2424
Extension: 437

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