UPPER DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC & STRING ORCHESTRAS
Mrs. Virginia Herrmann, Director
vherrman@udsd.org
215-643-8900 ext. 2061

UDHS Orchestra performing Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana‚Äč


The Upper Dublin High School Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Herrmann, is comprised of approximately 70 string and 30 winds/brass/percussion students, ranging from grades 9 to 12.The string students in the orchestra meet with Mrs. Herrmann in several small groups for daily one period classes each week.The full symphony orchestra meets with a partial group of strings once a week for about 20 weeks out of the school year.In preparation for the winter, Music in Our Schools Month, and spring concerts, the entire symphony orchestra meets for two evening rehearsals prior to each of these concerts.The repertoire for this group consists of standard orchestral literature as well as symphonic arrangements of show tune medleys and film scores.This year, the symphony and string orchestras have prepared and performed fourteen works. For the past six years, the Upper Dublin Symphony orchestra has been one of the featured groups at the annual Council Rock High School South Orchestra Festival Evening in May. Biannually, the orchestra attends the High Note Festival and has received superior ratings at these events.The UDHS music department has traveled to Disneyland in CA to experience performance opportunities for the orchestra, band, and chorus.A select group of about 40 strings are members of our Sophisticated Strings ensemble.This group performs at about 20 events held in the Upper Dublin community throughout the school year.In 2007, our Sophisticated Strings were honored by selection to perform at the Annual PMEA Award Luncheon the at the Conference Center in Hershey, PA.In 2010, our UDHS String Quartet comprised of our principal strings was selected to perform at the PMEA Annual Conference sessions in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, our UDHS String Orchestra was selected to perform at the PMEA Annual Conference for a special session in Hershey, PA. In 2013, the orchestra instituted the hosting of an annual String Orchestra Festival Adjudication (SOFA) every March--usually for two days during the second week of March. SOFA has become a very successful and much anticipated event by area schools, and schools beyond Montgomery County, PA.

Here are some highlights from the symphony orchestra's performances at the Council Rock High School South Orchestra Festival Competition:

UDHS ORCHESTRA performing Selections from Apollo 13


UDHS ORCHESTRA performing selections from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

UDHS Orchestra performing the "Finale" from Dvorak's Symphony #8