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.