2020: The Tradition of Excellence will continue
2020: COVID-19 Virus Pandemic forces cancellation of most music performances, trips, and ultimately the ending of in-person class meetings in March.
2019: GHS Symphonic Orchestra performs as an ISSMA State Finalist. GMS & GHS Orchestra programs earn respective ISSMA All Music Awards
2018: GHS Symphonic Strings perform in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of Valparaiso’s Confucius Symposium.
2018: GHS Symphonic Orchestra performs as an ISSMA State Finalist. GMS & GHS Orchestra programs earn respective ISSMA All Music Awards
2018: GHS Music Performances in Boston, MA
2017: Kyle Pitcher joins GCS orchestra staff
2017: GMS & GHS Orchestra programs earn respective ISSMA All Music Awards
2017: GMS Orchestra performs at the Indiana Statehouse on behalf of IMEA
2017: GHS Jazz Strings perform as honor ensemble at the 2017 IMEA State Convention and earn Judges Award for performance in the Stewart Center at the Purdue Jazz Festival
2016: Renovations to GMS & GHS completed bringing enlarged orchestra spaces
2016: Goshen Community Schools Orchestras celebrate the conclusion of our centennial year as a program.
2016: GMS & GHS Orchestra programs earn respective ISSMA All Music Awards
2016: GHS Music Performances in New York City, NY
2016: GHS Jazz Strings earn Judges Award for performance in the North Ballroom at the Purdue Jazz Festival
2015: GMS Orchestra earns the ISSMA JME All Music Award in its founding year. GHS orchestra also earns All Music Award.
2015: GMS 8th Grade Orchestra performs as an honor ensemble at the 2015 IMEA State Convention
2014: Zachary Coudret hired as Goshen 5/6 Orchestra Director (2014-2017)
2014: Jason Pfeifer joins GCS Orchestra Staff
2014: GHS Symphonic Orchestra ISSMA State Finals
2014: Susan Ellington Retires as GHS Head High School Director after 18 years of service (1996-2014)
2014: GHS Music Performances in Atlanta, GA
2014: First year for GHS Jazz Strings
2013: GHS Symphonic Orchestra performs at Valparaiso University’s Confucius Symposium
2012: GHS Symphonic Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
2012: Band/Orchestra/Choir Performances in NYC
2012: First Year for GMS Jazz Strings
2011: GHS Orchestra Enrollment grows to three Orchestras with the addition of the freshman ensemble, Crimson Concert Orchestra.
2011: Kate Truscello joins GCS Orchestra Staff (2011-2013)
2011: Sean Patrick joins GCS Orchestra Staff
2011: Christine Roemke leaves GCS Orchestra Staff after 10 Years of service (2001-2011)
2010: GHS Symphonic Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
2010: Choir/Orchestra Performances in Atlanta, GA
2009: Joel Powell Joins GCS Orchestra Staff (2009-2011)
2009: GHS Symphonic Orchestra places 3rd at ISSMA State Finals
2008: GHS Symphonic Orchestra places 3rd at ISSMA State Finals
2008: Ben Yoder joins GCS Orchestra Staff (2008-2009)
2007: GHS Symphonic Orchestra places 2nd at ISSMA State Finals
2006: Goshen Middle School Orchestras grow to separate into separate 7th and 8th grade orchestras
2006: GHS Symphonic Concert Orchestra ties North Central for ISSMA State Champion (placed 2nd after tie-breaking rules)
2006: GHS Symphonic Orchestra performs as an honor ensemble at the 2006 IMEA State Convention
2005: GHS Symphonic Concert Orchestra places 3rd at ISSMA State Finals
2004: GHS Symphonic Concert Orchestra places 4th at ISSMA State Finals
2004: Choir/Orchestra Performances in NYC
2003: ISSMA Establishes State Qualifier Sites to improve consistency of scoring for groups hoping to perform at state finals.
2003: GHS Orchestras grow to call for the addition of a 2nd High School Orchestra: “Philharmonic Orchestra”
2003: Goshen High School music wing additions/renovation
2002: GHS Concert Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
2001: Choir/Orchestra Performances in Toronto.
2001: GHS Concert Orchestra places 4th at ISSMA State Finals
2001: Christine Lipton (Roemke) joins GHS Orchestra staff as elementary director
2000: Choir/Orchestra Performances in NYC
1999: GMS 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra performs as an honor ensemble at the 1999 IMEA State Convention
1998: GHS Concert Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
1998: Choir/Orchestra Performances in Toronto.
1996: Susan Ellington hired as Goshen Orchestra Director
1996: Brian Kirk retires as Goshen Orchestra Director after 27 years of service (1969-1996)
1996: Choir/Orchestra Trip to NYC
1993: GHS Concert Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
1992: GHS Concert Orchestra ISSMA State Finalist
1991: Goshen Middle School Opens replacing Towncrest and Whiteman Junior High Schools.
1981: ISSMA Established as a merger of NISBOVA and ISMA
1976: Goshen College graduate and violinist, Sam Martin, joins staff as an assistant orchestra director
1970: Camerata Chamber orchestra founded
1969: Brian Kirk hired as Goshen String Teacher
1967: Goshen High School music program expands to three dedicated directors; one for each organization of the music department.
1961: James Greiner hired as Goshen orchestra and choir director
1961: Reginald Brinklow retires after 38 years of service (1923-1961)
1956: Goshen High School music program expands to two full-time directors. 1 band director, 1 choir/orchestra director.
1956: GHS Renovations bring dedicated instructional space to Music Department
1947: Marion Erwin joins as assistant orchestra director (1947-1954)
1939: Margaret Brittan Detwiler joins as string specialist (1939-1946)
1935: Alice Vawter joins staff as string specialist (1935-1939)
1935: NISBOVA (Northern Indiana School Band, Orchestra, & Vocal Association) formed
1933: GHS Orchestra places 2nd in National Competition held in Elmhurst, IL and performed at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
1931: Aline Hower joins Goshen staff as string specialist and orchestra conductor (1931-1933)
1924: Establishment of a grade school string program (40 Students), under the direction of Marshall Howenstein.
1923: Reginald Brinklow hired as Goshen Music Teacher
1923: Dinkeloo retires Goshen Music Teacher after 12 years of service
1915: Goshen Establishes a high school orchestra led by Goshen Music Teacher, Gerald Dinkeloo