Orchestra Classes at Cambridge

There are currently four orchestra classes at Cambridge. Each class is made up of approximately 25-30 students, and meets every day. There are many opportunities for additional ensemble experience both before and after school, based on student interest and experience. Placement is determined by audition during early spring of the previous school year. While musical ability is the primary factor for placement, dedication and leadership demonstrated in previous ensembles are also considered. All ensembles perform several concerts per year, and participate in the Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) each winter.

Symphonic Orchestra
Intermediate Orchestra I

Prerequisites: Completed the equivalent of two years of middle school orchestra instruction and complete an audition for Ms. Benz. The repertoire studied in Symphonic Orchestra is equivalent to GMEA Level III.

Philharmonic Orchestra
Advanced Orchestra I

Prerequisites: Completed the equivalent of three years of middle school orchestra instruction and complete an orchestra audition for Ms. Benz. The repertoire studied in Philharmonic Orchestra is equivalent to GMEA Level IV/V. Private lessons are encouraged. Philharmonic Orchestra requires a more intensive time commitment than Symphonic Orchestra. 

Chamber Orchestra
Mastery Orchestra I

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the equivalent of three years of middle school orchestra instruction, plus the recommendation of a previous director and complete an orchestra audition for Ms. Benz. The repertoire studied in Chamber Orchestra is equivalent to GMEA Level V/VI and will require extensive personal practice outside of school. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Chamber Orchestra requires an intensive time commitment which will include extra performances and extra rehearsals before or after school.

Camerata
Mastery Orchestra II

Prerequisites: This is the most advanced orchestra at Cambridge. Students must have completed the equivalent of three years of middle school orchestra instruction, plus the recommendation of a previous director and complete an orchestra audition for Ms. Benz. The repertoire studied in Chamber Orchestra is equivalent to GMEA Level VI and will require extensive personal practice outside of school. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Chamber Orchestra requires an intensive time commitment which will include extra performances and extra rehearsals before or after school.

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