The Indianola Community School District’s first orchestra was established in 1915 by Miss Mary Bradshaw. The ensemble included string, woodwind, and brass players. Orchestra students are participating in a proud tradition with unlimited possibilities, a great example of our district’s vision statement.
Students may elect to enroll in orchestra at each grade level. Students have small group lessons for 20 minutes every six days, usually during the school day, using a school provided lesson book. They meet as full ensembles every other day for rehearsals.
Families are responsible for renting or purchasing most instruments, but the school does have some to loan. Musical Instrument Check Out Form
Grade 6 Orchestra
Lessons include lesson book material, four scales, concert music, and possibly a solo. The group performs in concert three times during the school year. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Indianola Music Festival in the spring, which involves students preparing a solo or duet to perform for a small audience and a judge. The students receive a rating and comments on their performance.
Grades 7 and 8 Orchestra
Seventh grade students will learn six, 2-octave major scales by the end of their 7th grade year. There are three concerts each year.
Eighth grade student lessons include advanced technical skills, scales, vibrato, concert music, and possibly a solo. The group performs in concert four times throughout the school year.
Students may participate in the Indianola Music Festival in the spring, which involves students preparing a solo or duet to perform for a small audience and a judge. Iowa Honors Youth Orchestra is an honor orchestra held in Ames during the All State Festival for advanced string players in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade. Students are nominated by the school conductor, spend one day in Ames for rehearsals, and perform in concert that evening.