Any student of Roswell High School is welcome to participate in orchestra during the school day. It will require one elective or fine arts connections class, and all orchestra courses are year-long courses. There are no prerequisites for orchestra. The current RHS orchestra includes string sections: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students with experience can join more advanced orchestra courses, and someone who is new to string instruments can join the beginner orchestra.
Roswell High School is a public school, and there are no direct fees required for participation. Students will need access to an instrument, which can be purchased or rented locally, or rented directly from the school for only $50 for the school year. Paid membership in the Booster Club is encouraged, but not required. Indirect costs may include maintenance of the instrument, uniform, and optional activities like participation in solo and ensemble competitions, private lessons, and trips. We intend to the keep the cost low so that all students are able to participate, without finances being an impediment.
Private lessons are not required of any orchestra student. Students who wish to excel in their musical journey may wish to take private lessons outside of the school day. The orchestra director can provide suggestions for private lesson instructors, as can most of the local music shops.
The only after school requirement for orchestra is participation in seasonal concerts, usually in the fall, winter, and spring. Students are expected to practice regularly with their instrument, but this can be done at home according to the student and family’s schedule. Beyond that, any additional time for private lessons or performances are optional.
Our students love to participate in community performances! We have talented musicians who enjoy sharing their love of music. There are multiple string quartets, duos, as well as soloists. Please contact the orchestra director, Sarah White-Farnell, to schedule students for your event.Sarah White-Farnell, to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
We recognize how busy our students’ families are, so we don’t require volunteer hours. However, there are plenty of opportunities for parents to volunteer, and we have engagement levels for a range of scheduling availabilities.
High school has so many things our students can participate in! Since every student is different, and every family is different, we do not require volunteer hours of our students. But, that doesn’t stop them from volunteering their time and efforts! Besides participation in volunteer orchestras, like All State, Youth Orchestras, Honor Orchestras, and String Quartets, our students also mentor younger students and middle schoolers, entertain the community at local events, participate in Scouts’ programs, church outreach programs, and more! We don’t require volunteer hours, but these students serve their community with enthusiasm!
Donations are handled by the Roswell High School Orchestra Booster Club, a 501(c)3 organization. Checks can be mailed to Roswell High School Orchestra Booster Club, 11595 King Rd., Roswell, GA 30076. Donations are also accepted online through PayPal.