Welcome to the Bishop Gorman orchestra program! The Bishop Gorman orchestra program consists of 6th grade beginning orchestra, 7th-8th grade middle school orchestra, and the high school orchestra.
All 6th graders start their year with a fine arts exploratory, consisting of about 2 ½ weeks each of orchestra, band, choir, and art. Around the beginning of November they choose their fine arts elective. At that time 6th graders in orchestra begin learning to play the violin, viola, or cello. They conclude their first year of playing by performing in the school spring concert.
Middle school orchestra students continue developing fundamental playing skills while expanding their performance opportunities. They participate in the school Christmas and spring concerts, various performance opportunities around the community, solo and ensemble contest, and region orchestra auditions.
High school students continue to develop their fundamental playing skills while expanding even more in their performance and audition opportunities. In addition to the school Christmas and spring concerts, and various performance opportunities around the community, they also compete in TMEA All-Region, TMEA All-State, TPSMEA All-Region, TPSMEA All-State, and solo and ensemble competition. Gorman students have earned chairs in the TPSMEA All-State orchestra, both TMEA and TPSMEA All-Region. Orchestra, and first division ratings at solo and ensemble contest.
|Staffwars||Note learning game|
|Tonal Energy||Tuner, metronome, and other features|
|Fiddlerman.com||String learning tools and music|
|Musiccards.net||Flashcards for learning note names|
|Musictheory.net||Music theory exercises|
|Musicracer.com||Note names, fingerings, and musical terms|
|8notes.com||Free music and lessons|
|TMEA.org||Texas Music Educator’s Association|
|TPSMEA.org||Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association|