Goshen High School Orchestras
The Goshen High School Orchestra program is among the best in the state with 16 state finalist appearances including the past two years the event has been held and two state runner-up performances. There are many string performance opportunities for Goshen students but the program is centered on our three concert ensembles that meet three times a week during the school day. In addition to our concert ensembles, students have the opportunity to participate in small chamber ensembles, the musical pit orchestra, our jazz string ensemble, and our Camerata Chamber Orchestra. The Goshen High School Orchestras are directed by Mr. Jason Pfeifer and Mr. Sean Patrick.
Crimson Concert Orchestra: The Crimson Concert Orchestra is for students continuing in orchestra that participated in 8th grade orchestra the previous year. The Crimson Concert Orchestra continues increases the demand of musicality while increasing the rigor of music as student move into the Goshen High School program. The Crimson Concert Orchestra meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays performing in the Fall Orchestra Coffee Concert in October, the Sounds of the Season Orchestra Concert in December, at the ISSMA HS Organizational Festival in April, and the Spring Orchestra Concert in late April. Jason Pfeifer is the podium director of the Crimson Concert Orchestra. Sean Patrick and Rachel Horning assist this ensemble.
Philharmonic Orchestra: The Philharmonic Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble for students in grades 10-12 that are not enrolled in Symphonic Orchestra. The Philharmonic Orchestra meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays performing in the Fall Orchestra Coffee Concert in October, the Sounds of the Season Orchestra Concert in December, at the ISSMA HS Organizational Festival in April, and the Spring Orchestra Concert in late April. Sean Patrick is the podium director of the Philharmonic Orchestra. Jason Pfeifer & Rachel Horning assist this ensemble.
Symphonic String/Full Orchestra: The Symphonic Orchestra is the top performing orchestras at Goshen High School consisting of students grades 10-12 selected from a May audition process. The Symphonic Orchestra performs as a string orchestra in the Fall and incorporates winds and percussion for the Spring semester performances. This Orchestra is known to be among the best in the state and performs professional level literature. The Symphonic Orchestra meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the school day and has a weekly Monday evening rehearsal starting in November. The Symphonic Orchestra performs in the Fall Orchestra Coffee Concert in October, the Sounds of the Season Orchestra Concert in December, the Spring Orchestra Concert in late April, the ISSMA HS Organizational State Qualification event in late April, and ideally in the ISSMA State Concert Finals event in Early May. This is also an ensemble that travels and competes in regional and national festivals. Jason Pfeifer is the podium director of the Symphonic Orchestra, Sean Patrick & Rachel Horning assist this ensemble. Tom Cox is the wind and percussion assistant to the orchestra on Monday nights.
Chamber Ensembles: In the Goshen Orchestras we affirm the importance of chamber music for our students both from an educational, and practical standpoint. Chamber music encourages independent musicianship, demands music literacy, and fosters meaningful musical and social growth in students. The Goshen High School Orchestras have the highest level of participation in the ISSMA solo & ensemble of any string program in the region. We encourage students to continue working in these ensembles beyond the ISSMA event. The orchestra program has a standing ensemble, the Crimson Quartet, which generally performs professional level literature and has participated in the Fischoff National Chamber Competition.
Musical Pit Orchestra: The musical pit orchestra provides the music for the annual Goshen High School musical performances in March. The group is formed in late December and begins to rehearse in January. The musical pit instrumentation varies by the needs of the individual show but players are from the Goshen Music department. The Musical Pit Orchestra is led by Mr. Stephen Snyder.
Red Wire Jazz Strings: The Goshen High School Red Wire Jazz String Ensemble was started in the 2013-2014 school year in an effort to offer students the opportunity to learn about jazz styles, history, improvisation, and performance. This is a volunteer ensemble that practices for an hour once a week before school (currently Wednesdays 7:30-8:45am) from August to May. The ensemble performs in the ISSMA Jazz Festival in early March as well as the GCS Jazz Cafes and other possible jazz festivals, community performances, or orchestra concerts. Sean Patrick directs this Ensemble.
Camerata Chamber Orchestra: The Camerata Chamber Orchestra is a string chamber ensembles of 15-22 students selected by director invitation. This ensemble prepares and performs the great string chamber music and can often be found performing in the community. The ensemble meets as a zero hour (before school) class, two days a week (currently Wednesdays & Fridays 7:20-8:10am). The Camerata Chamber Orchestra performs annually in the Fall Orchestra Coffee Concert in October, the Sounds of the Season Orchestra Concert in December, in the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble event in early February, the Solo & Ensemble state event in late February, and the Spring Orchestra Concert in late April. Jason Pfeifer coaches this ensemble.