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Welcome to the Muscatine High School Orchestra! I am Mr. Thoma and this is my 7th 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!
2018-2019 Events Calendar
|Monday, October 8th||Masquerade Concert||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Saturday, October 20th ||IHSMA All-State Auditions||All-State Auditionees||Washington, IA||All-Day|
|November 15-17||IHSMA All-State Festival||All-State Musicians||Ames, IA||All-Day|
|Tuesday, December 4th||Winter Orchestra Concert||Freshman, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras||MHS Auditorium||7:30pm|
|Friday, Dec. 7th||Holiday Stroll||Symphony Strings||Carver Trust ||TBA|
|Saturday, December 15th||Holiday Band Concert with Symphony Orchestra||Symphony Orchestra||MHS Auditorium||3:00pm|
|Tuesday, February 19th||Philharmonic with CMS||Philharmonic Orchestra||Central Middle School Auditorium||6:30pm|
|Thursday, February 21st||Freshman with WMS||Freshman Orchestra||West Middle School Gym||6:30pm|
|Thursday, February 28th||Band and Orchestra Pops Concert||Chamber and Symphony Orchestras||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Late March – Date TBD||Muscatine Solo and Ensemble Contest||ALL||West Middle School||All-Day|
|Saturday, April 6th||IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival||IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Participants||Davenport West High School||All-Day|
|April 28th-30th||MHS Musical||Pit Orchestra Members||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm (plus 2:00pm on 30th)|
|Friday, May 3rd||IHSMA Large-Group Contest||Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras||Bettendorf, IA||TBA|
|Saturday, May 4th||Music in the Parks Competition||Freshman Orchestra||Gurnee, IL||All-Day|
|Friday, May 10th||Spring Concert and Award Ceremony||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|
|Saturday, May 18th||Stringfest||ALL||MHS Auditorium||7:00pm|