This page is dedicated to the Orchestra parents of the RHS program. It is designed to be one stop shopping for the modern and busy orchestra parent. We hope you find it helpful. The orchestra program has won many accolades, including Honors Ensemble at All State and numerous platinum awards, superior ratings, and first prizes at competition. Your kids have joined a wonderful community!
The Ridgefield High School orchestra program offers two main large ensembles for our orchestra students. The Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Rockestra will have formal campus concerts scheduled for December, January, and May. Co-curricular opportunities include Chamber Orchestra and Rockestra. Wind Instruments can also audition to play in Symphonic Orchestra.
All orchestras will combine to form one large festival orchestra for the Orchestra Festival in January and the Pops Concert in June.
In an effort to make your calendars easy, we have included a one stop shopping event list specific to orchestra. Visit here for the full RHS Music Department . Some dates are still being finalized and are subject to change.
Festival Orchestra includes musicians both from Symphonic and Concert Orchestra. All dates are rehearsals unless specified.
9/24/19: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:00pm
10/1/19: Festival Orchestra 6:00pm – 7:15pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
10/1/19: Symphonic Orchestra 7:30pm – 9:00pm
10/16/19: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:00pm
11/4/19: Festival Orchestra 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
11/12/19: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:00pm
11/16/19: Western Region Auditions (Everyone: optional)
11/19/19: Symphonic Orchestra 2:30pm – 5:00pm
11/19/19: Concert Orchestra 6:30pm - 8:30pm
12/3/19: Concert Orchestra 6:00pm - 7:15pm
12/3/19: Symphonic Orchestra 7:30pm – 9:30pm
12/9/19: Symphonic DRESS Rehearsal 6:00pm – 9:30pm
12/10/19: Concert Orchestra DRESS Rehearsal 6:00pm - 8:30pm
12/10/19: Symphonic DRESS Rehearsal SNOW DATE 6:00pm – 9:30pm
12/11/19: WINTER CONCERT!! 7:00pm – 10:00pm (EVERYONE)
12/12/19: WINTER CONCERT SNOW DATE!! 7:00pm – 10:00pm
1/24/20: Festival Orchestra 2:30pm – 4:15pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
1/28/20: ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL 2:30pm – 9:00pm
1/30/20: FESTIVAL SNOW DATE 2:30pm – 9:00pm
2/8/20: All State Auditions
2/11/20: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:00pm
3/3/20: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:15pm
3/24/20: Symphonic Winds 2:30pm – 4:15pm
3/31/20: Symphonic Orchestra 2:30pm – 4:15pm
4/17/20: Festival Orchestra 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
4/21/20: Symphonic Orchestra 2:30pm – 5:00pm
5/8/20: Symphonic Orchestra 6:00pm – 9:00pm
5/19/20: Symphonic Orchestra 6:00pm – 9:00pm
5/26/20: Symphonic Orchestra 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Pay dues and volunteer
Ridgefield Matters asks for $50 per student in dues which covers nearly all of the small expenses for the year in terms of what we provide the kids. Rehearsal dinners, water for the rehearsal room, senior gifts, banquet decorations, refreshments after concerts, video recordings of concerts, etc. Rather than ask for small donations at various points, it is just easier on all of us to collect it all at once. If your family is not financially able to contribute, please let a member of our executive board know.
Paying Dues and Volunteering are easy. Just follow the link to the RHS Music Department Page.