The concert orchestra is a non-auditioned orchestra open to any student who has played a string instrument three years or more. Students in concert orchestra are exposed to a variety of literature, ranging from classical to pop music. Concert orchestra is designed to train young musicians in the many aspects of string playing, with the goal of helping students successfully audition into one of the top orchestras. This is a great class for students who just enjoy playing their instruments and do not want the stress of auditioning for a spot in one of the top orchestras. Students will perform in four major concerts during the year, and at the POPS concert in the spring.
Symphonic Orchestra is the middle level orchestra offered at Lakewood, open to 9th-12th grade students. Students must audition to be placed in this ensemble. Symphonic Orchestra offers students the opportunity to perform a variety of literature, ranging from classical to pop music. Many students in the Symphonic Orchestra take private lessons and participate in youth orchestras. This band will perform four major concerts and the POPS concert in the spring. Students will have the opportunity to participate in orchestra festivals. Students are also eligible to audition for the Jeffco Honor Orchestra.
Chamber Orchestra is the highest-level orchestra offered at Lakewood. Students audition in the spring to be placed in this ensemble. Chamber Orchestra is designed to acquaint more serious string students with the many aspects of orchestral literature and performance. Students are exposed to a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from chamber music to contemporary and full orchestra literature. The majority of students in the Chamber Orchestra study privately and many participate in youth orchestras. The Chamber orchestra was selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018.