Ensembles @ PHS

Concert Band
Concert Band is a beginning-intermediate performing ensemble that studies class C and B music literature. This ensemble builds basic instrumental and ensemble techniques for students who play wind or percussion instruments at the beginning to the intermediate level. Students will study beginning theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. No audition required.

Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band is a intermediate performing ensemble that studies class B and A music literature. This ensemble builds beyond basic instrumental and ensemble techniques for students who play wind or percussion instruments at the intermediate level. Students will study intermediate theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble is an intermediate/advanced performing ensemble that studies class A and AA music literature. Students will study advanced theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. Students will develop fundamental artistic and aesthetic understanding by writing critiques of live music concerts. Communication and interpretation skills will be use. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

String Orchestra
String Orchestra is an beginning-intermediate performing ensemble that studies class B and C music literature. Students will study music theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discern the historical concepts for various styles of string music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. No Audition Required.

Concert Orchestra
Concert Orchestra is an intermediate performing orchestra that studies class A and B music literature. Students will study more advanced theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of orchestral music. Students will understand, synthesize and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra is an intermediate/advanced performing ensemble that studies class A and AA music literature. Students will study advanced/college-level theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discern the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

Guitar 1
Guitar 1 is the first class in a series of 4 classes designed for students wishing to explore music outside of a more traditional Wind Band or Orchestral setting. Students will be introduced to both classical guitar technique as well as other popular styles of music. Organized for a more independent pace of learning in mind, students will be engaged with solo literature, small ensemble playing, as well as introductions to music technology and recording software. No Audition Required.

Guitar 2
Guitar 2 is the second class in the non-traditional music series. The students in this course will continue to progress in all aspects of guitar playing. They will develop intermediate classical guitar technique as well as working more on popular music styles. Students will continue with a primarily independent learning pace, but will also be required to collaborate in small group “bands” as they develop skills needed for arranging and rehearsing music in a collaborative setting. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

Studio Music
Studio music this the third course in the non-traditional music series. In this course students learn individual and collaborative skills as contemporary musicians. Students will study composing, arranging, songwriting, and leading rehearsals. Students will also learn how to use music technology equipment and software to compose, record, and edit live musical performances. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

Contemporary/Pop Performance Ensemble
This ensemble will be the advanced performance group whose primary repertoire consists of pop, rock, and contemporary music genres. Instrumentation is open and flexible but will primarily consist of vocalists, guitarist, bassist, drummers, pianists, and woodwinds/brass. Students in this class will use the skills and arrangements developed in the studio music track to create covers and original music and a commercial music setting: recording, gigs, and other performances. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

The Pride of Portola Marching Band & Color Guard
The Pride of Portola Marching Band brings together aspects of music, movement, and leadership. This is a great opportunity to get involved in establishing the school culture and spirit at Portola. Students will have opportunities to perform in both competitive and non-competitive settings at Pep Rallies, Football Games, Field Tournaments, and Parades. Being a part of the Marching Band satisfies one (1) semester of a student’s Physical Education requirement. All Marching Band students must be concurrently enrolled in another music ensemble – Band, Orchestra, and/or Choir. The Marching Band summer camp gets students ready to perform for the opening of school as well as our first competitions early in the school year. No Audition Required

Color Guard fall semester activities include performing as part of the PHS Marching Band at football games, in parades, at competitions and other functions. Spring semester is spent working on advanced techniques and competitive routines. No Audition Required.

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Concert Chorale
Concert Chorale is designed for all levels of students in mind, from those with extensive vocal training as well as the students that just love to sing. Students will sing a variety of musical styles–from classical to popular–throughout the year for concerts, festivals, and showcases. Concert Chorale is open to all students. No Audition Required.

Portola Singers
Portola Singers is an advanced mixed-voice singing ensemble that specializes in the performance of challenging literature of diverse genres. Students will acquire skills in reading music notation and in vocal production. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively. During the course of the year, students will gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. Through written and oral analysis of texts and music being performed, students will connect and apply analytic skills learned in other courses. Through participation in concerts and festivals, singers will respond to and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of choral performance. By working with varied instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal specialists, students will gain an understanding of the choral art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music profession. Members of this ensemble are required to commit time outside of class including rehearsals, festivals, concerts, master classes, and other related events. Audition or Teacher Approval Required.