Rockbridge Academy Orchestra

The Rockbridge Academy Orchestra is for students in grades nine through twelve who are advanced players of any orchestral instrument. Participation is by audition only. Where group lessons are the grammar of instrument study, the Rockbridge Academy Orchestra is the rhetoric. The focus is on the performance of the whole and not on instruction of the individual musician. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue private study in their instrument while participating with the Rockbridge Academy Orchestra.

The Rockbridge Academy Orchestra performs twice each year at the school’s Christmas and Spring Concerts. Selected students are also placed in small chamber ensembles for performance and competition.

The Rockbridge Academy Orchestra meets twice on Wednesday and Friday weekly from 7:15 to 8:15 in the morning. Students are responsible for completing all make-up work in accordance with the Rockbridge Academy Parent/Student Handbook. Rhetoric students who participate in the Rockbridge Academy Orchestra receive trimester grades and credit on their high school transcripts.

Instrumental Music Program Informational Meetings

All parents and students who are interested in participating in one of our Instrumental Music Programs should attend the appropriate initial informational meeting.  Students who are new to this program, should contact Mrs. Irma Cripe at first.

  • Suzuki Strings Informational Meeting - Friday, September 15 at 3:15 PM at the K-3 Campus.
  • Wind Ensemble Informational Meeting - Monday, September 18 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)
  • Scots Orchestra Informational Meeting - Tuesday, September 19 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)
  • Rockbridge Academy Orchestra Informational Meeting - Wednesday, September 20 at 7:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall of the Main Campus (immediately before the first rehearsal)

Instrumental Music Options

For more information on each program please click on the links below

Rockbridge Academy Orchestra (Grades 9-12)

Scots Orchestra (Grades 4-8)

Wind Ensemble (Grades 4-12)

Woodwind and Brass Group Lessons(Grades 4-12)

Suzuki Strings Group Lessons - Violin and Cello (Grades 1-3)

Students who are new to the program should contact Mrs. Cripe ( before the initial informatoinal meeting.

A schedule of fees for the current year may be found HERE.

Instrumental music program calendars are also available!