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4th grade Lessons and Orchestra, click here




5th grade Lessons and Orchestra, click here .



Welcome to String Ensemble and Orchestra 2018-19


My Classes:


High School Instrumental Music

This class meets 5 days a week.  There is an optional elective of 3 days a week if the student is in 2nd period Concert Choir or 4th period Concert Band. Practice of the repertoire is expected for success and progress in the class. The Concert Band students will practice with the strings on C days and in October, the full Orchestra will start night rehearsals. Students and parents, please sign up for the Remind system of communication. Use your phone! Enter 81010. Then send a text message to @hthsorch and you will be included in all communications that are sent to the HTHS Orchestra.


Middle School Instrumental Music

This class meets 5 days a week. Practice of the repertoire is expected for success and progress in the class. The full Orchestra (strings, winds, brass, and percussion) meets on Wednesday mornings beginning October 3rd. On September 26th at 7:45 a.m., band students will have an opportunity to audition for the full orchestra!


Elementary Lessons, Grades 4 and 5

The 4th grade Parents' Information Night will be held on Thursday, September 20th at 7 p.m. in the High School Instrumental Music Room. Parents will learn about the 4th grade elementary Orchestra program. This is also the evening to pick up district-loaned instruments.


All string students will receive a group lesson at their elementary school once a week for 30 minutes. The 2018-19 lesson days are below.  If there is a district half day, there will no lessons on thsy day.

   Edison Strings - Monday

   Strawbridge Strings - Tuesday

   Jennings Strings - Wednesday

   Van Sciver Strings - Thursday

   Stoy Strings - Friday


Elementary String Orchestras: Grades 4 and 5

These ensembles meet at the high school and provide students with a rich opportunity to experience performing with their grade level in a full String Orchestra.  These ensembles have detailed schedules available on the links at the top of this page.   

   4th Grade Orchestra - First rehearsal Monday, October 22nd, 3:15-4:00 in HS-IMR

   5th Grade Orchestra - First rehearsal Thursday, October 18th, 3:15-4:00 on the HS stage



The High School Touring Strings Club is a chamber music opportunity open to all 9th to 12th grade students. The new group will be organized on October 1st. 



For the High School Orchestra - in the IMR during the first two weeks of school



For the Middle School Orchestra - Wednesday, September 26th at 7:45 a.m. in the auditorium for the WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION students.


For Region III South Jersey Orchestra (High School and Middle School Strings) - Saturday, December 8th. Please email me for details regarding the audition piece, scale requirements, and sight reading sources.


Region III Elementary Honors Orchestra - info. will be posted in February 2019 when the ensemble directors email the South Jersey music teachers.


Have a great year! Email me with questions! Thank you :)


Mrs. Cheryl Van Buren


Cell: 856-261-9612