Suzuki Strings and Orchestras
All students in grades K-6 study music as a part of the established curriculum. This study comprises music history and theory, as well as singing and reading music. In addition, the following options are available:
- Suzuki Strings for students in grades 1-3. These students can study either violin or cello in a small, group lesson setting. Suzuki Strings students perform twice each year at the Christmas Concert and the Suzuki Strings & Scots Spring Concert.
- Scots Orchestra (Scots) for students in grades 4-8. Scots is an audition-only string orchestra with students playing music at the beginner/intermediate level. This orchestra meets before school two days per week and performs at the Christmas Concert, the Spring Concert, and the Suzuki Strings & Scots Spring Concert.
- Rockbridge Academy Orchestra (RAO) for students in grades 9-12. This orchestra is for advanced intermediate and advanced students and is by audition only. RAO is a full orchestra that meets before school two days per week and performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts.
- Chamber Music. During the months of January, February, and early March, students from both orchestras are organized into chamber groups. These groups meet individually during the established rehearsal time periods and prepare two or three selections each. Each chamber music group receives coaching from the orchestra director. Students perform these selections at the Chamber Music Concert in March and have the option of taking their chamber group to the Anne Arundel County Solo and Ensemble Festival for adjudication and qualification for the State festival.