Orchestra programs in NEISD are among the best in Texas. Beginning with our 5th Grade Strings program, students embark upon a journey of musical excellence in which they have the opportunity to become master musicians and gain an unparallelled appreciation for and love of music. Orchestra programs in NEISD consistently earn sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sightreading contests. Many of our orchestra students earn a chair in the TMEA Texas All-State Orchestra.
The many successes within our music programs have created a strong sense of pride within our district and has resulted in NEISD being a most desirable community in which to work and live. Due to our master directors and teachers, supportive community, and talented students, NEISD will certainly continue on the path of excellence in all of our Fine Arts programs.
The orchestra programs in NEISD are among the best in Texas. Students can begin as early at 5th grade with our “5th Grade Strings” program at each of our 46 elementary campuses. At the end of 5th grade, students will receive information from the middle school orchestra director regarding 6th grade courses for orchestra. Everyone “makes the orchestra”! Students will be placed in to the correct middle school orchestra course based on their previous experience, but there is no experience necessary; our programs also offer 6th grade beginner strings classes.
Middle school orchestra programs in NEISD consistently earn sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-reading evaluations. Many of our orchestra students earn chairs in the TMEA All-Region Orchestra through an audition process each November. Specific ensembles vary by campus, but our NEISD middle school orchestra students are exposed to beginner string instruction, chamber ensembles, mariachi opportunities, full symphony orchestras, and so much more.
Some of our programs also have a small fee associated with membership which helps to offset the cost of performances, guest clinicians, competitions, music arrangements, and much more. These fees can often be fully paid through fundraisers during the school year. Most campuses have a supply of school-owned instruments that can be rented for a small fee. Please reach out to each director for specific information!