Philharmonic Orchestra

About Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestras is a full orchestra experience for students of all ages on string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. String players typically need a minimum of 3-4 years experience, and wind/brass/percussion players 1-2 years experience. Recent repertoire has included arrangements from the Star Wars soundtrack, Mussorgsky’s The Great Gate of Kiev, “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Original works include The Shaker Variations and Songs of the Sea by Elliot del Borgo.

Sarah Giffords

Mrs. Sarah Gifford is a Rochester native and SEMYO’s Philharmonic Orchestra conductor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a K-12 Music Education minor from Luther College, and a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. During her undergraduate and graduate education, she had several opportunities to perform internationally in Austria, Brazil, Japan, and Italy. Mrs. Gifford previously served as a 5-12 band director in Breckenridge, MN, where she also taught piano lessons and figure skating lessons. Read More…

Rehearsal & Performance Dates

Rehearsals: Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – Noon (early September → Mother’s Day with holiday breaks).

Performances: Chamber Strings performs 3 formal concerts per year, one holiday performance, and one day-long outreach tour.

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $200 per trimester (season – $600).

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.

Documents for Philharmonic Orchestra

Philharmonic 2019-2020 Overview

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    2020 Winter Concert

    03/01/2020 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Lourdes High School

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    2020 Mother’s Day Concert

    05/10/2020 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Lourdes High School

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