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.
In February, 2019, RHS Music will be sending a festival orchestra to Orlando, FL, for workshops and team building at Walt Disney World. Enrolled students will begin to receive details as we approach the date.
All orchestras will combine to form one large festival orchestra for the Orchestra Festival in January and the Pops Concert in June.
Winter Calendar events
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 . Please visit that calendar in order to see the dates for the spring semester. Some are still being finalized and are subject to change.
Festival Orchestra includes musicians both from Symphonic and Concert Orchestra.
9/4/18: Freshman orientation 6:30-7:30 pm (all freshmen)
9/4/18: Ridgefield Music Matters meeting 7:30-8:30 pm (parents)
9/11/18: Chamber orchestra auditions 2:30 pm (Chamber orchestra)
10/2/18: Symphonic winds rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic winds)
10/30/18: Symphonic winds rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic winds)
11/7/18: Symphonic orchestra rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic orchestra)
11/27/18: Symphonic orchestra rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic orchestra)
12/4/18: Symphonic orchestra rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic orchestra)
12/10/18: Symphonic orchestra rehearsal 6:00-9:30 pm (Symphonic orchestra)
12/12/18: WINTER CONCERT!!! (Everyone)
12/13/18: Winter concert snow date (Everyone)
1/25/19: Festival orchestra brush up 2:30-4:30 pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
1/28/19-1/31/19: BAND AND ORCHESTRA FESTIVALS!!! (Everyone)
2/12/19: Rockestra rehearsal 2:30-4:20 pm (Rockestra)
2/12/19: Festival orchestra rehearsal 6:00-9:00 pm (Symphonic and concert orchestras)
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.