The Lafayette High School Orchestra Department includes six performing groups including the Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, String Orchestra, an after school gig group and Full Symphony Orchestra. Our program strives to bring together student musicians from the Lafayette Band and Choir Departments to perform such works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Shostakovich, Orff, Faure, Vivaldi, and Mozart.
The Orchestra department consistently receives Distinguished ratings at KMEA Large Ensemble Performance Assessment events. Through the dedication of our faculty, private teachers, and parent support, Lafayette has had a strong tradition of music excellence and artistic development.
In 2014, Fayette County was named one of the best communities for Music Education. In 2005, the Lafayette High School music department received a Grammy Signature School Gold Award from the Grammy Foundation recognizing the music department as one of the top seven music programs in the United States. Lafayette always has a large representation at the prestigious Governor School of the Arts (GSA) which allows them partial tuition at any in-state university. Our students individually go to some of the best and most prestigious music camps around the country during the summer. We have students performing on a national level with such events as ASTA and Music for All National Orchestra. These honors reflect the excellence of the program at Lafayette High School and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. The attainment of these and many other additional honors have come as a direct result of the dedication and work of former members. Current members of the Lafayette High School Orchestra belong to a rich tradition of musical and personal integrity.
The mission of the Lafayette High School Orchestra is to develop in each student an appreciation of our inherit musical culture, to teach techniques of musical expression, to discover and develop the talents of students in all styles of music, to develop knowledge and skills in listening, reading, and performing at a high artistic level.
Community, friendships, and outreach are three words that represent our vision for the program. Students in the Lafayette Orchestra program have a rich tradition of musical excellence and pride through performing from the heart. We seek to share our talents and passions with the community. We share our musical gifts with the young and the young at heart through programs like our "Giving Bach" outreach to students with special needs as well as through our mentorship program for future orchestra members. We love to perform, not only on stage, but off stage too!
Our orchestra provides a variety of essential elements in our students' lives. Participation in such a large group involves not just musical talent, but discipline, maturity, social skills, and personal responsibility. Weaving these elements together requires regular attendance, a high level of participation, and quality individual preparation. The overall group’s success relies each individual's ability to attain these elements. If everyone does their part, the experience will definitely be rewarding!
2017 Spring Concert
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LHSO Placement Audition Information
Audition Results have been posted!
Thank you for your patience as we finalized the LHSO Placement Results and congratulation to all the students who prepared and gave a strong audition. If you are not listed, please contact the directors immediately.
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Re-Audition Policy: Students wishing to re-audition must contact the directors in writing by May 5. If you feel that your audition doesn't accurately represent your potential, please submit a request to re-audition. Audition music will be provided to the students who request a re-audition before the end of the semester. Recordings must be submitted prior to June 15. for consideration.
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Freshman Orchestra Camp
Lafayette High School Orchestra
New students in the LHSO will experience an intense and exciting week of immersion in string playing and musicianship. The concentrated musical instruction is tempered with supervised recreational activities in an atmosphere conducive to total learning, fun, and individual growth.
Registration for new members and upperclassmen can be accessed through the link. Cost is FREE!
1 Register for the rewards program below
2. Search for "Lafayette Orchestra Association" or enter code 10086
3. Sign up and link it to your Kroger Plus Card.
If your family shops at Kroger, you can now link your Kroger Plus Card to our orchestra account to receive up to $750,000 each quarter. All you do is sign up for the rewards program, scan your card at checkout and done. No more purchasing, reloading, or reordering gift cards.
General Locations include South-Central KY (east as far as Morehead, west as far as Hopkinsville, north up to Carrollton, south to TN boarder)
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