Orchestra II


Orchestra II  (Advanced)
Prerequisite: Audition
Year-Long Course • Grades 9-10-11-12
Fulfills HS Visual/Perf. Arts or General Elective

This course is open to select string students and guitar/keyboard instrumentalists by audition. Students must prepare a concerto on their respective instruments for the audition. The class is designed to develop proficiency for advanced orchestral musicians. The class will study intermediate to advanced concert literature for string ensemble and full orchestra. After-school performances are mandatory.

The most advanced students in this course are selected to also partake in our Chamber Orchestra group.  Chamber Orchestra will occasionally rehearse during the Orchestra II period and sometimes during support period.

Through the support of the AHS Music Boosters & Participation in national music festivals, below is a short sample list of clinicians that our groups have had the opportunity to work with:

  • Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor of the New West Symphony in 2016
  • Moonjun Allison, Violin/Violist & member of the New West Symphony, 2018
  • Dr. Greg Fried, Violinist & director of Orchestras at LIndero Canyon Middle School, 2017
  • Keum Hwa Cha, Violinist & Pepperdine School of Music Faculty Member, 2018
  • Eric Lamm, Bass, Graduate of Agoura High & Juilliard, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Todd Philips, Violinst & Manhattan School of Music Faculty Member, 2017
  • Julia Lichten, Cello & Manhattan School of Music Faculty Member, 2017


Awards & Acheivements, Tours:

NYC Tour, 2017

1st place & Grand Champions at The Big Apple Classic Festival, NYC, 2017

San Francisco Tour, 2015

Boston Tour, 2013

Winner of the Jerry Herman Awards “Best Pit Orchestra” for Phantom of the Opera, 2012