Chamber Orchestra rehearsals will resume on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 at 8:00AM.
The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra will perform with the Walton Chamber Orchestra and the Dickerson MS Chamber Orchestra on MONDAY, APRIL 15 at 7:00PM. More detailed information about this concert will be emailed to Chamber parents and students in early March.
2023-2024 Dodgen MS Chamber Orchestra Information
Chamber Orchestra is an elite ensemble that requires consistent attendance and practice outside of rehearsals. Chamber members are expected to come to rehearsals prepared. This includes having all copies of the music, a pencil and instrument readily accessible for rehearsals. Rehearsals will begin promptly at 8:00am. Students must be at the front entrance of Dodgen at 8:00am on rehearsal mornings.
Chamber Orchestra will rehearse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am.
Chamber Orchestra members are expected to have their music and a pencil with them at every rehearsal.
Regular attendance is required for the success of the Dodgen Chamber Orchestra. Students are allowed two tardies and two absences during the semester. Please note that two tardies are the equivalent of one absence. Please do not schedule doctor or dentist appointments during Chamber Orchestra rehearsals. We have very limited rehearsal time.
The Chamber Orchestra will perform at the G.M.E.A. In-Service Conference on Saturday, January 27 in Athens, GA. More detailed information about this field trip will be available for Chamber Orchestra families later in the fall. Field Trip plans are still being made. The Chamber Orchestra will have a G.M.E.A. Preview Concert on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00pm in the Dodgen Theater.
The Chamber Orchestra will perform at Walton High School on Monday, April 15 at 7:00pm. This will be a combined concert with Dodgen Chamber, Walton Chamber and Dickerson Chamber Orchestras. More detailed information about this concert will be sent home with students in mid-March.
Additional rehearsals may be added if necessary. Those dates/times would be sent to Chamber students at least a month prior to the rehearsal.
The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra
The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra is an elite, audition-only ensemble for any interested 6th-8th grade orchestra student. Chamber Orchestra has performed at invitation-only events at the state and national level. In 2011, 2015 and 2018, the Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educator's Association In-Service Conference(the highest musical honor in the state). In 2017, the Dodgen Chamber Orchestra won FIRST PLACE in the National Orchestra Festival---Middle School Division. In 2019, the Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at the United Nations in New York City. In March 2020, the Chamber Orchestra performed at the National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, FL.
This ensemble is not only made up of outstanding musicians, but students who are mature and able to abide by a higher expectation that the average middle school student, with little parent guidance in regards to preparation and communication of information. All students accepted into Chamber Orchestra will be expected to attend rehearsals and any trips planned with the ensemble. Because it is such a small, elite group, full participation is expected from each and every member. Students will complete a membership contract, signed along with parental support. Please note, since Chamber Orchestra is an extracurricular ensemble, students may be removed at the discretion of the director at any time.
Chamber Orchestra will meet EVERY TUESDAY and THURSDAY MORNING from 8:00AM-9:00AM beginning on August 15.