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 7th||Masquerade Concert||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Saturday, October 26th||IHSMA All-State Auditions||All-State Auditionees||Washington, IA||All-Day|
|November 21-23||IHSMA All-State Festival||All-State Musicians||Ames, IA||All-Day|
|Thursday, December 5th||Winter Orchestra Concert||Freshman, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras||MHS Auditorium||7:30pm|
|Friday, Dec. 6th||Holiday Stroll||Symphony Strings||Carver Trust||TBA|
|Friday, December 13th||Symphony Orchestra with MHS Choirs||Symphony Orchestra||Wesley United Methodist||7:00pm|
|Tuesday, February 25th||Philharmonic and Freshmen with CMS and WMS Orchestras||Philharmonic and Freshmen Orchestra||Central Middle School Auditorium||6:30pm|
|Thursday, March 5th||Band and Orchestra Pops Concert||Chamber and Symphony Orchestras||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|March 13-20||Central Europe Tour||Europe Orchestra||Prague, Vienna, Salzburg||Spring Break|
|Saturday, April 4th||Muscatine Solo and Ensemble Contest||ALL||West Middle School||All-Day|
|Saturday, April 18th||IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival||IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Participants||Davenport West High School||All-Day|
|April 23rd-25th||MHS Musical||Pit Orchestra Members||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm (plus 2:00pm on 25th)|
|Saturday, May 2nd||Music in the Parks Competition||Freshman Orchestra||Gurnee, IL||All-Day|
|Friday, May 8th||IHSMA Large-Group Contest||Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras||Bettendorf, IA||TBA|
|Friday, May 15th||Spring Concert and Award Ceremony||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Friday, May 22nd||Stringfest||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Sunday, May 24th||Commencement||Chamber Orchestra||MHS Gymnasium||TBA|