8th Grade Orchestra

I am thrilled to teach 8th Grade Orchestra this year!  I am excited that all of our kids are back in the classroom.  We are going to make fantastic music!

All-State Orchestra Auditions

All-State Orchestra Auditions take place .  Auditions are voluntary, however, highly recommended!  Students will need to prepare scales (from memory), an etude & sight-read!  The scales and etude will be passed out to any student who chooses to audition.

There is a $15 audition fee (made payable to Portage Public School).  This is due before on or before Sept 28.

More information will be sent home soon!


The 8th Grade Orchestra Students will wear the following at all concerts:

  1. Black Dress Shirt/Top
  2. Black Dress Pants or Black Skirt
  3. Black Socks or Leggings
  4. Black Dress Shoes

All-State Orchestra

MSBOA All-State Honors Orchestra

The All-State Middle School Orchestra takes place in mid-January in Grand Rapids (Devos Hall & Amway Grand Plaza Hotel).  Students will audition on either October 23 or 24 (audition site to be determined - in the past, auditions have take place at Mattawan High School).

Required Performances

All of our performances are required!  Excellent attendance is key to having terrific performances.  Our concerts will take place on:
              Oct. 9 String Clinic - Portage North Middle School,                                                         915a-2:30p

Dec. 16 WMS 8th Grade Holiday Concert

                 Northern High School Auditorium-7:00p

Dec. 17 WMS 8th Grade Holiday Assembly

            WMS Gym - 1:55-2:40p

Mar 3 Pre-Festival Concert

            Northern High School Auditorium-7:00 p

      Mar 10, 11, 12         MSBOA Orchestra Festival 

Site - TBA

June 7 Spring Concert

            WMS Little Theater - 7:00p

String Clinic

The 2021 String Clinic takes place on Saturday, October 9, at Portage North Middle School!

Our students will rehearse from 9:30-1:45 with a guest conductor.  The final performance begins at 2:00p.  

This performance is REQUIRED!

Instrument Lockers

Students will select a instrument locker (located in the band room) the first week of school.  Your child can keep their string instrument & supplies in the  locker any time the instrument is not being used.  

The lockers can be secured with a master-lock.  Please have your child bring one from home.  This will keep your investment safe!