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.
Our orchestras have been invited to perform at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival and Music for All National Festival. Also, in 2015, the full orchestra was invited to perform at the KMEA State Conference. 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!
2018-2019 LHSO Audition Materials and Registration
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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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