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Welcome to the Muscatine High School Orchestra! I am Mr. Thoma and this is my 8th year directing the orchestras at MHS. Whether you are returning member of the orchestra program or a new face the high school, I am excited to work with you, and look forward to this great year of music!

This year, we will be working with a wide variety of music. From baroque, to classical, to music written this year, our music will span time and include the music of many cultures. When we step into the classroom every day, we will dedicate ourselves to the common goal of successful music performance, which cannot be achieved without collaboration in rehearsals, individual travail and the pursuit of musical excellence. I challenge you to commit to becoming a better musician every day that you are in this class. Through our hard work, we will find success and in our success, we will have fun. Orchestra is an environment, not only purposed to enrich ourselves in the deep history of orchestral music, but to create and maintain bonds of friendship that last throughout high school and beyond. I am very excited to be able to play a part in your daily lives at MHS and I expect that together, we can make this year of music remarkable.


Please check out the links above to learn more about our orchestra program!


2019-2020 Events Calendar

Monday, October 7thMasquerade ConcertALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, October 26th IHSMA All-State AuditionsAll-State Auditionees Washington, IAAll-Day
November 21-23IHSMA All-State FestivalAll-State MusiciansAmes, IAAll-Day
Thursday, December 5thWinter Orchestra ConcertFreshman, Philharmonic and Chamber OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 6thHoliday StrollSymphony StringsCarver Trust TBA
Friday, December 13thSymphony Orchestra with MHS ChoirsSymphony OrchestraWesley United Methodist7:00pm
Tuesday, February 25thPhilharmonic and Freshmen with CMS and WMS OrchestrasPhilharmonic and Freshmen OrchestraCentral Middle School Auditorium6:30pm
Thursday, March 5thBand and Orchestra Pops ConcertChamber and Symphony OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:00pm
March 13-20Central Europe TourEurope OrchestraPrague, Vienna, SalzburgSpring Break
Saturday, April 4thMuscatine Solo and Ensemble ContestALLWest Middle SchoolAll-Day
Saturday, April 18thIHSMA Solo/Ensemble FestivalIHSMA Solo/Ensemble ParticipantsDavenport West High SchoolAll-Day
April 23rd-25thMHS MusicalPit Orchestra MembersMHS Auditorium7:00pm (plus 2:00pm on 25th)
Saturday, May 2ndMusic in the Parks CompetitionFreshman OrchestraGurnee, ILAll-Day
Friday, May 8thIHSMA Large-Group ContestPhilharmonic and Chamber OrchestrasBettendorf, IATBA
Friday, May 15thSpring Concert and Award CeremonyALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Friday, May 22ndStringfestALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Sunday, May 24thCommencementChamber OrchestraMHS GymnasiumTBA