This course is open to experienced string players in seventh and eighth grade. Instruments include violin, viola, cello and bass. Students are introduced to more difficult levels of music through daily ensemble rehearsals and are expected to perform a variety of string ensemble repertoire with expression and technical accuracy. This course emphasizes mastering skills in sight-reading and basic technical proficiency. Weekly practice outside of class is a requirement, as are performances that are scheduled throughout the year. Students in Advanced Orchestra participate in district-level ensemble assessments when possible. Evaluation is based on a rubric system to provide individualized feedback to each student.