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Welcome to the Muscatine High School Orchestra! I am Mr. Thoma and this is my 6th 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!


2017-2018 Events Calendar

Monday, October 9thMasquerade ConcertALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, October 21st IHSMA All-State AuditionsAll-State AuditioneesWashington, IAAll-Day
November 16-18IHSMA All-State FestivalAll-State MusiciansAmes, IAAll-Day
Friday, Dec. 1stHoliday StrollSymphony StringsCarver Trust TBA
Tuesday, December 5Winter ConcertFreshman, Philharmonic and Symphony OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:30pm
Friday, December 8Winter Glow: An Evening of Strings and SongChamber OrchestraTBA7:00pm
Saturday, January 13SEISTA Honor OrchestraSEISTA Honor Orchestra MembersBettendorf, IAAll-Day
Feb. 10-12Dorian Honor OrchestraDorian Honor Orchestra MembersLuther College in Decorah, IAAll-Day
Sunday, February 18Hawkeye Honor OrchestraHawkeye Honor Orchestra MembersIowa City, IAAll-Day
Tuesday, February 20Philharmonic with CMSPhilharmonic OrchestraCentral Middle School Auditorium6:30pm
Thursday, February 22Freshman with WMSFreshman OrchestraWest Middle School Gym6:30pm
Thursday, March 1Band and Orchestra Pops ConcertChamber and Symphony OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, March 3Kennedy Honor Orchestra FestivalKennedy Honor Orchestra MembersCedar Rapids, IAAll-Day
Saturday, April 7Muscatine Solo and Ensemble ContestALLWest Middle SchoolAll-Day
Saturday, April 14IHSMA Solo/Ensemble FestivalIHSMA Solo/Ensemble ParticipantsDavenport West High SchoolAll-Day
April 26-28MHS MusicalPit Orchestra MembersMHS Auditorium7:00pm (plus 2:00pm on 28th)
Friday, May 4IHSMA Large-Group ContestPhilharmonic and Chamber OrchestrasBettendorf, IATBA
Saturday, May 5Music in the Parks CompetitionFreshman OrchestraGurnee, ILAll-Day
Friday, May 11Spring Concert and Award CeremonyALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, May 12StringfestALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm