Amarillo ISD Orchestra Program
The Amarillo Independent School District orchestra program is one of the oldest and most successful in the state of Texas and our directors strive to maintain high expectations and consistent levels of excellence. String instruction begins in fifth grade on violin, viola, cello, and double bass and continues throughout the middle school and high school years. Orchestra directors work with students both individually and in groups to achieve correct performance skills, proper rehearsal techniques, concert etiquette, critical listening, comprehensive music reading, and an appreciation of the music of the masters.
Orchestra students perform regularly with their school ensembles both in public and competitive settings. Amarillo school orchestras have maintained consistent exemplary ratings at UIL concert and sight-reading contests, in addition students have the opportunity to prepare and perform solos and small ensembles for UIL recognition. Students may participate annually in middle school and high school TMEA Region Orchestras and our high school orchestra programs typically place several students in the TMEA All-State Orchestras each year. In addition, many of our string students attend the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin as well as participate in the local Greater Southwest Music Festival.
Orchestra students in AISD continuously rank among the top academic performers in the area, including Superintendent Scholar and Honor Roll achievements. The ongoing success of the program can be attributed to the support of parents and the school board, the dedication and hard work of the directors, and the enthusiasm of the students.