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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 8thMasquerade ConcertALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, October 20th IHSMA All-State AuditionsAll-State AuditioneesWashington, IAAll-Day
November 15-17IHSMA All-State FestivalAll-State MusiciansAmes, IAAll-Day
Tuesday, December 4thWinter Orchestra ConcertFreshman, Philharmonic and Chamber OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 7thHoliday StrollSymphony StringsCarver Trust TBA
Saturday, December 15thHoliday Band Concert with Symphony OrchestraSymphony OrchestraMHS Auditorium3:00pm
Tuesday, February 19thPhilharmonic with CMSPhilharmonic OrchestraCentral Middle School Auditorium6:30pm
Thursday, February 21stFreshman with WMSFreshman OrchestraWest Middle School Gym6:30pm
Thursday, February 28thBand and Orchestra Pops ConcertChamber and Symphony OrchestrasMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Late March – Date TBDMuscatine Solo and Ensemble ContestALLWest Middle SchoolAll-Day
Saturday, April 6thIHSMA Solo/Ensemble FestivalIHSMA Solo/Ensemble ParticipantsDavenport West High SchoolAll-Day
April 28th-30thMHS MusicalPit Orchestra MembersMHS Auditorium7:00pm (plus 2:00pm on 30th)
Friday, May 3rdIHSMA Large-Group ContestPhilharmonic and Chamber OrchestrasBettendorf, IATBA
Saturday, May 4thMusic in the Parks CompetitionFreshman OrchestraGurnee, ILAll-Day
Friday, May 10thSpring Concert and Award CeremonyALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm
Saturday, May 18thStringfestALLMHS Auditorium7:00pm