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There are some performance goals that can only be
achieved by taking the orchestra to perform in another city, state, or
country. These performances are just as important a part of the
orchestra experience as concerts that are given at school, and it is
expected that all orchestra members will take part. These activities are
also part of the grade that each student receives. If a student cannot
participate due to an unavoidable conflict, an alternate assignment will
be made, typically a research paper. Please understand that such an
assignment is not meant to be punitive, but since the performances
missed would have been a significant part of the grade, then the
alternative assignment must be as well. Arrangements for alternate
assignments must be made well in advance.
It should be understood that orchestra membership
does involve some travel and some expense. In the spring of the 2010–2011
school year, the orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the cost per student was approximately $2300. In years past the orchestra has traveled to London, Paris, Quebec, Montreal and Boston. Normally, we will plan to travel every other year, so we will begin to make this year for a trip in 2012-2013.
Our orchestra program has come to be regarded by
adjudicators as one of the top five programs in the state of Washington.
You are joining a prestigious organization that strives hard to always
improve and achieve even more each year.
In order to maintain the excellent reputation that we
enjoy, we would not want to travel and perform unless we could do our
best, and that involves having everybody there. It is like an athletic
team in the sense that the whole orchestra must rely on each musician to
play their part, and that requires everyone's participation. All local
performances during the year are required. By law, field trips cannot be
mandatory, but obviously the success of the organization depends upon