Welcome to the Tohickon Orchestra!You will find information about our Orchestra, materials, expectations, and more. Please consult my calendar page for our rehearsal and concert schedule.
Class Performance & PreparationMeeting weekly playing goals through practice.Arriving prepared for rehearsal with instrument, folder, music, and a pencil.Contributing individual effort and focus toward group success.Contributing to class conversation and reflection.Rehearsal & Concert SkillsAfter School Rehearsals and Concerts.
Performance & Technology AssessmentsWritten assignments, concert reflections, theory work, and reading assignments.Performance Exams and Quizzes.Private LessonsWhile it is not required that students take private lessons, it is an option to consider and highly recommended. Some students study privately to supplement the progress we make in class. Working one on one with a teacher is the BEST way to improve your playing. A list of local private teachers is available upon request.
BCMEA County & PMEA District Orchestra Festivals:
The BCMEA County Orchestra and PMEA District Orchestra Festivals are auditioned, 3-day honors orchestra festivals. The festivals include string students from Bucks and Montgomery counties. Students who take private lessons, are in Select Strings, and/or are highly motivated are encouraged to audition. Please speak with your private teacher & Mrs. Repper if you are interested in auditioning. Audition requirements are posted on my County & District Auditions pages.
Orchestra Members should ALWAYS be practicing!ScalesAssessment BookConcert MusicOrchestra Practice Tracks:
--what you should be thinking about when you practice!Need a Shoulder Rest?
A sponge with a rubber band will do, but I recommend KUN, Wolf, Everest, Mach One and Artino shoulder rests. They take all the tension out of playing and totally help you hold your instrument correctly.
If you play viola and you are actually playing a violin with viola strings, be sure to get the right violin shoulder rest!
You can find shoulder rests at Music and Arts Center (next to Staples in Doylestown) and online in lots of locations:Clip-on Tuners are really helpful when learning to tune your own instrument!Purchasing an Instrument?
Be sure to look here FIRST!
**Parents,Orchestra members are not allowed to keep their instruments at Tohickon long-term. You should see (and hear) their instrument at home on a regular basis as they always have music to practice. Tohickon Middle School and the Central Bucks School District will not be responsible for missing or damaged instruments.