Directed by Mr. Gallaher, the Jefferson Jr. High Orchestra program consists of one weekly small group lesson and two orchestra rehearsals. Small group lessons focus on developing technical skills on individual instruments, while the orchestra rehearsals provide an opportunity to apply these skills to the preparation of music for performance.Jefferson has three orchestras, each of which meet twice a week during the supervised study period.
• 6th Grade Orchestra
• 7th Grade Orchestra
• 8th Grade Symphonic OrchestraThe 6th Grade Orchestra and 7th Grade Orchestra are string orchestras and present concerts in the fall, winter, and spring of each year for parents and friends. Orchestra is a curricular class, and students receive a letter grade.
The 8th Grade Symphonic Orchestra performs both as a string orchestra and a full orchestra utilizing woodwinds, brass, and percussion players from the Jefferson 8th Grade Wind Ensemble. The 8th Grade Orchestra also presents concerts in the fall, winter, and spring of each year for parents and friends. Orchestra is a curricular class, and students receive a letter grade.
In addition to participating in the school orchestra, all Jefferson string players have the opportunity to participate in the Jefferson String Fusion group where fiddling, jazz, and improvisational techniques are covered. String Fusion performs at various events in the community, at our feeder schools, and for a local assisted living center.