The Newark High School Orchestra program provides comprehensive instruction in performance of orchestral instruments and music history/theory in a cooperative learning environment. The curriculum is supplemented with chamber music, visiting artists and clinicians.
The NHS Orchestras maintains an active performance calendar of four major concert programs a year. They have traveled to locations like Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Toronto and Orlando where the musicians have achieved many "superior" ratings in their festival adjudications. In 1997 and 1999, the Symphonic Orchestra was chosen to perform at the Eastern Division Convention of the Music Educators National Conference held in Baltimore, MD and New York, NY, respectively. Each year, many of our members are selected to participate in the Delaware All-State Orchestra. In 2010, our music program was recognized by the Grammy Foundation and our ensembles and members have performed on the stages of the Kennedy Center (2010) and Carnegie Hall (2012).
The NHS Orchestra program offers three levels of study: introductory class (Repertory Orchestra), experienced class (String Orchestra) and advanced class (Chamber Orchestra). Students may elect to take a class for Honors Credit, a contracted agreement between student and teacher, which will require a recital performance and research project.
Alana Hubbard, concertmaster
Antoinette Kellam, Librarian
Hope McElveen, Historian
Liam Qualls/Lindsay Kean, Technology