Students in H-F's Chamber Orchestra develop individual and ensemble musicianship skills A continued study of historical and theoretical concepts applies. The orchestra performs sever times per year and often plays combined concerts with members from the H-F Band program. All performances outside school hours are considered part of the course requirement. Opportunities are available for students to perform in small ensembles or as members of the pit orchestra.
H-F's Sinfonia Orchestra continues the objectives of Chamber Orchestra by expanding students’ individual and ensemble musicianship skills. Classwork includes training in both technical skills and overall musicianship. Sinfonia Orchestra combines at various times for performances with the Chamber and Viking Orchestras, and combines with musicians in Wind Ensemble to form the Philharmonic Orchestra. Musical literature studied emphasizes music from the Baroque, Classical and Jazz idioms. Sinfonia Orchestra performs several concerts each year, including string orchestra concerts and full orchestra concerts. All of these performances, while outside of the school hours, are considered part of the course requirements and attendance is expected. Students have the opportunity to perform in small ensembles, as soloists, as members of the musical pit orchestra, and as a representative of the school in district and state activities. String students must audition to be placed in Sinfonia Orchestra: entering freshmen and upper class string players not auditioning for the music director will be placed in Chamber Orchestra. Upon completion of this course, students may audition for Viking Orchestra.
Viking Orchestra is the most advanced orchestral ensemble offered at H-F. Students develop their technical skills as well as the tools necessary for musical leadership. A continued study of advanced historical and theoretical concepts applies. College-level repertoire is studied at a rigorous and fast pace. The orchestra performs several times per year and often plays combined concerts with members from the H-F Band program. All performances outside of school hours are considered part of the course requirement. Opportunities are available for students to perform in small ensembles or as members of the pit orchestra. Members of the extra-curricular group, Symphonic Strings, are selected from this particular ensemble.