Experience the symphonic masterpieces of John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, Alan Menken, Michael Giacchino, and more! If you're looking to play orchestra music that will get you excited, VPOPS Orchestra is the place for you. Open to all strings, winds, brass, and percussion players. There's nothing quite like the sound of a symphony orchestra. You're bound to fall in love right away! Here we play some of the greatest works from Hollywood, Disney, and Broadway. The VPOPS Orchestra is subdivided into three performance levels suitable for both intermediate and advanced players. Started in 2010, the VPOPS Orchestra has performed in some of the best theatres in town. They have also made their debut at Carnegie Hall, NYC in June 2015, and Tokyo, Japan in August 2018. In 2021, we will be making our 3rd international tour overseas to Seoul, South Korea. Join us today and embark on a thrilling adventure with the VPOPS Orchestra.

LEVEL 1 & 2: See Beginner Programs

LEVEL 3 Wednesday 7:30-9pm (20 seats)

For those with 2-4 years of experience; can read basic pitch and rhythms fluently. 14 weekly sessions covering up to 3 ensemble pieces and 6 etudes. We will cover intermediate playing techniques and intermediate pitch/rhythm reading skills. Each term will consists of preparing 20 minutes of performance repertoire. No audition required.

Term 1 Repertoire:

(3-5) Enchanted

(3-5) Sleigh Ride

What You’ll Learn:

Scales: 2 Octaves for A Major, D Major, G Major, C Major, F Major, Bb Major, A Minor, G Minor, B Minor, C Minor, D Minor

Rhythm: Whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and rests plus dotted rhythms and ties, and counting systems

LEVEL 4 Tuesday 7:30-9pm (30 seats)

For those with 5-8 years of experience; consistent tone and pitch production; accurate rhythms. 14 weekly sessions covering up to 5 ensemble pieces. We will introduce advanced rhythm reading skills and playing techniques. Each term will consist of preparing 30-40 minutes of performance repertoire. No audition required.

Term 1 Repertoire:

(3-5) Sleigh Ride

(3-5) Enchanted

(4-5) Nightmare before Christmas

(4-5) Cinderella

(4-5) Titanic

What You’ll Learn:

Pitches: 3 Octave Scales, All Keys

Rhythm: Cut-time, Compound time, Quarter-note triplets, Quintuplets, and Septuplets

LEVEL 5 Monday 8-10pm (50 seats)

For those with 9+ years of experience; fluent sight-reading; quality tone, pitch, and dynamic control; accurate rhythms. 14 weekly sessions covering repertoire for an entire 90-minute show. Applicants need to audition for acceptance into this level. See criteria for auditions here. The level 5 orchestra also serves as the pit orchestra for the vocal works. The pit orchestra is optional for players at this level, but has a limit of 30 seats available.

Term 2 Repertoire:

(3-5) Sleigh Ride

(3-5) Enchanted

(4-5) Nightmare before Christmas

(4-5) Cinderella

(4-5) Titanic

(5) Harry Potter

(5) Pit Orchestra: See Choir Selections

What You’ll Learn:

Pitches: 3 Octave Scales, All Keys

Rhythm: All Rhythms at any Tempo

Technique: Dynamic and Articulation control, Harmony Tuning, Orchestral and Performance etiquette


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"As a formally trained and schooled musician, I was looking for a good, solid community orchestra to join that would help me keep up my skills, challenge me to better in my own playing, and the type of ensemble to which I could significantly contribute, and help me grow in the community. Just from playing in the group for one concert so far, I can see how dedicated the members are to the music and to each other as a whole! The director, Tom, is very encouraging and friendly, but still driven in his vision. I like to have high expectations to live up to and I have found this group to be exactly what I needed to be a part of."

- Leslie Wilson, Clarinet