John Hersey High School Orchestra
"Music can change the world because it can change people."-Bono
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.
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.
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.
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:
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