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John Hersey High School Orchestra

"Music can change the world because it can change people."-Bono

About Us

Chamber Orchestra

This select ensemble of 16-17 musicians performs advanced string and chamber literature from the entire orchestral repertoire.  In addition to playing as a single ensemble, members of the chamber orchestra makeup 2 string quartets, a piano trio, and quintet which prepares chamber music.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra which meets daily as a class.  This ensemble prepares full orchestra literature in conjunction with wind and percussion musicians from the Hersey band program.  Wind and percussion members audition in mid October The Symphony orchestra is an auditioned group composed of 10th-12th graders.

Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra is a string orchestra which meets daily as a class.  This ensemble is primarily made up of incoming freshman.  The year long class prepares students to be members of the Symphony Orchestra. The Concert Orchestra on occasion combines with the Symphony orchestra for events such as the U of I Orchestra Consortium.

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Hersey Orchestra Youth Association

HOYA is the parent booster club for the John Hersey orchestra program.  All parents and guardians of students enrolled in orchestra are voting members of this organization.  Meetings are held throughout the year to plan and organize.


Listed below are some of HOYA's activities:


  • Distribute uniforms

  • Subsidize the cost of some trips

  • Provide scholarships for summer music camps

  • Host Meet and Greet, student pizza parties, and provide concert refreshments

  • Coordinate fund raisers

  • Set-up and maintain student accounts

  • Chaperone field trips

  • Organize the spring banquet

Learn more or contact us about how to get involved or how to become a sponsor.

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Contact Us

John Hersey High School D214

1900 E Thomas St,
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Christopher Kuzmanoff, Orchestra Director


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