Enrichment Opportunities for Students with Previous Experience
GMEA All State - All-State Orchestra is a statewide event that culminates in a weekend rehearsal and concert series in Athens, GA. Students who choose to participate will be asked to perform a required etude, list of scales and sight-reading for two rounds of auditions. This information will be given to students within the first few weeks of school, with the exception of sight reading material that will not be given out since it is not supposed to be prepared. All- State is a highly competitive event. Private lessons are strongly encouraged for students that wish to pursue the All-State experience. The district audition is the first step towards the All-State Weekend. If a student “passes” the first audition, the student will be invited to participate in the final audition.
GMEA Solo and Ensemble - This Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) event is not required, but strongly encouraged for students with prior experience. Students participate in this adjudicated event as a soloist or in a small group. Before/after school rehearsals will be necessary to prepare for this extra playing opportunity. Students that receive a Superior or Excellent Rating will receive medals.
Gwinnett County Youth Orchestras - These countywide honor groups are based on audition. Students will receive information packets with audition material as well as audition dates and times during the first week of school. Kendall Youth Orchestra is open to advanced students in grades 6-9. They rehearse every Monday night at Peachtree Ridge High School from 7-8:30 p.m. The Gwinnett County Youth Symphony is for advanced students in grades 6-12. This orchestra rehearses every Monday night a Peachtree Ridge High School as well. Private lessons are strongly encouraged for students that wish to pursue the Gwinnett County Youth Honor Orchestra experience because this is a highly competitive event.
Crews MS Honors Orchestra - This is an advanced and auditioned group for seventh and eighth grade orchestra students, as well as, sixth grade students who have prior experience and who are able to perform the audition material provided. This ensemble meets once a week on Thursday mornings from 8-9am. The Honors orchestra performs at a very high level and represents the school by performing at possible community events. Auditions for this group take place in September.