Goshen Middle School

Goshen Middle School Orchestras

The Goshen Middle School Orchestras have a long tradition of excellence in music performance as we prepare students with the knowledge, understanding, and technical training to become great musicians.  The Goshen Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestras meet daily for 50-65 minutes a day.


6thgrade

6th Grade Orchestra:  The sixth grade orchestra is for students continuing in orchestra that participated in the 5th grade All City Orchestra the previous year.  6th Grade Orchestra picks up where 5th Grade Orchestra left off focusing on teaching literacy of notes on the C and E strings, more complex rhythmic patters, building competency in tuning and the understanding of intonation, learning new and working on changes of hand positions, and beginning to develop musicianship.  The sixth grade orchestra meets everyday as a class period of the school day and performs in the Fall Orchestra Concert in October, the Winter Orchestra Festival (prelude) in December, at the ISSMA JME Organizational Festival in March, and the Spring Orchestra Festival (prelude) in May.  Zachary Coudret is the podium director of the 6th Grade Orchestra.  Sara Patrick, Madeline Birky, and Sean Patrick assist this ensemble.


7thGrade

7th Grade Orchestra:  The seventh grade orchestra is for students continuing in orchestra that participated in 6th grade orchestra the previous year.  7th Grade Orchestra focuses on building competency and understanding in intonation while incorporating shifting and vibrato techniques.  Students will work to play musically as a group.  The seventh grade orchestra meets everyday as a class period of the school day and performs in the Fall Orchestra Concert in October, the Winter Orchestra Festival (finale) in December, at the ISSMA JME Organizational Festival in March, the Spring Orchestra Festival (finale) in May, and the Music in the Parks Festival in May.  Sean Patrick is the podium director of the 7th Grade Orchestra.  Zachary Coudret and Jason Pfeifer assist this ensemble.


8thGrade

8th Grade Orchestra:  The eighth grade orchestra is for students continuing in orchestra that participated in 7th grade orchestra the previous year.  8th Grade Orchestra continues to hone intonation while maturing vibrato techniques all while playing more challenging music.  Additionally, we work for students to build an independent understanding of phrasing and musicianship.  The eighth grade orchestra meets everyday as a class period of the school day and performs in the Fall Orchestra Concert in October, the Winter Orchestra Festival (finale) in December, at the ISSMA JME Organizational Festival in March, the Spring Orchestra Festival (finale) in May, as well as performing the elementary tour and at the Music in the Parks Festival in May.  Sean Patrick is the podium director of the 7th Grade Orchestra.  Jason Pfeifer and Zachary Coudret assist this ensemble.


RedThread

Red Thread Alternate Strings:  The Red Thread Alternate Strings was started in the 2011-2012 school year and existed as a jazz strings ensemble for three years before expanding to incorporate fiddle and mariachi ensembles.  The Red Thread Alternate Strings meets once a week after school for an hour (Fridays 4pm-5pm) September thru May and typically performs on the Winter Orchestra Festival (finale) in December, the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Event in early February, The ISSMA Jazz Festival in early March, and the Spring Orchestra Festival (finale) in May.  This group may also perform out in the Goshen community.  The Red Thread Alternate Strings are coached by Mr. Patrick.


7teen

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.  All 7th and 8th grade students participate in the “Chamber Unit” which takes place from late November and extending to early February.  Students choose their groupings of 3 to 20 members of any instrumentation, though they are encouraged to choose standard instrumentation such as string quartets, violin quartets, string trios, etc…  Students then spend a portion of class time over the next seven weeks working on a piece of music independently and with some teacher guidance.  All ensembles participate in our “mini-contest” in which an outside adjudicator comes into the school during on the Tuesday before Solo & Ensemble, listens to the groups giving them feedback and suggestions for improvement.  Most ensembles choose to participate in the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble event.  Students can choose to remain in these ensembles beyond the chamber unit by arranging rehearsals outside of the school day.  We do have an 8th grade chamber ensemble (typically a double quartet) coached by Mr. Patrick that meets once a week after school.