The HSPVA Symphony Orchestra
, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Smith
, is currently comprised of 41 string and 723 wind, brass, and percussion students. The full Symphony Orchestra meets every other day with string sectionals on non-symphony days. The orchestra season usually includes 4 symphony and 2 chamber orchestra concerts throughout the school year. The majority of performances are held in Denney Theater on the HSPVA campus. The last concert of the year is traditionally held at the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston.
The HSPVA Symphony is structured very much like a public youth orchestra and performs equally demanding repertoire. Programs include core repertoire from the classical period to the current day. The HSPVA Symphony hosts a yearly concerto competition open to all instrumentalists in the school and affords the winner a public performance with the orchestra on the last concert of the year.
The Chamber Music program at HSPVA is designed to provide students with an opportunity to perform in a small ensemble setting. Students perform repertoire that is designed to strengthen individual musicality and to develop skills of collaboration within each ensemble. Hence, utmost responsibility is placed on each individual to be prepared for every ensemble rehearsal and performance. Each ensemble is only as prepared as is each individual musician.
The individuals that participate in the chamber music program are assigned to the class by the music director after a live audition. Therefore, it is expected that the participants exhibit an attitude indicative of the Orchestra program as a whole during performances, especially those that occur for public events.
For more information about the orchestra program at HSPVA please contact: Dr. Bradley Smith.