Charlottesville High School Orchestra has won top prizes
in music festivals in London, England, New York City,
Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Williamsburg,Orlando, Dallas,
and Myrtle Beach, and has performed by invitation at
five VMEA conferences. Traveling for 10 days in Europe
in 1998, the Orchestra placed second in the 27th
Annual Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria,
and presented concerts in Hallstatt, Vienna, and Prague,
Czech Republic. The CHSO String Ensemble performed in
International Youth Festival in June 2011, and also
presented concerts in Tarquinia and Poggio a Caiano,
Italy. The Orchestra earned a standing ovation for its
performance at the opening concert of the 1994 Mid-West
Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
date, the Orchestra's three compilation CDs, "Live!,"
"Take 2," and "At Last" have grossed more
than $50,000 in sales. In September 2001, the CHS Orchestra
program and its director were featured in Southern
Living magazine and on NPR's Performance Today.
The CHS Orchestra program consists of the String Ensemble and Concert Orchestra. In addition, the CHS Symphony Orchestra is created for one concert each year by combining the top members of the CHS Wind Ensemble with the CHS Strings.
Comprised of 52
10th–12th grade string players, the String Ensemble
is the more advanced of the two. The larger Concert
Orchestra is made up of all ninth grade string players
with at least two years of experience, as well as many