The Dodgen Middle School Orchestra program has 407 students enrolled in grades 6-8. Members of the orchestra audition and participate in GMEA sponsored events at the district and state level including Solo and Ensemble Festival, Honor Orchestra and All-State Orchestra. Dodgen Orchestra has had the most number of students selected for All-State Orchestra and Honor Orchestra from Cobb County for the past seven years. Many students also participate in additional orchestra ensembles.
The Sixth Grade Orchestra students participate in "Jamboree", a combined schools concert held each spring, and the Seventh and Eigth Grade Orchestras consistently earn SUPERIOR ratings at the annual G.M.E.A. Large Group Performance Evaluation each spring semester. Each grade level orchestra presents between three to five concerts per year. The Eighth Grade Orchestra participates annually in the Walt Disney World's "Magic Music Days" Workshops.
In addition to each grade level orchestra, students have the opportunity to join additional ensembles. The Dodgen Orchestra Program has a Chamber Orchestra, Viola Choir, Cello Choir, Bass Ensemble and Wire Choir(Electric Instrument Improvisation Group). These groups meet weekly before school and perform at events for the school and community. Past Performances includes appearances at the Governor's Mansion, the State Capital, the Georgia Aquarium and Town Center Mall. Advanced students participate in the area youth orchestras such as the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The Dodgen 8th Grade Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra was selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in 2007, 2011 and 2015. The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra performed a stand-alone concert at the G.M.E.A. In-Service Conference in January 2018. These performance invitations are the highest musical honor than any music group(band, orchestra or chorus) can receive from the state. The Dodgen Orchestra is the only music ensemble at Dodgen to receive these honors. In March 2017, the Chamber Orchestra competed at the National School Orchestra Festival in Pittsburg, PA. The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra won First Place in the Middle School Division at this National Event. The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra has been invited to compete at the 2020 A.S.T.A. National Orchestra Festival in March 2020. The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra performed at the United Nations in New York City in February 2019.
The Dodgen Orchestras are under the direction of Ashley Culley and Jessica Lewis.
For more information about the Dodgen Orchestras, please contact Ashley Culley at email@example.com.
Welcome to the Dodgen MS Orchestra Site!
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras for the OUTSTANDING performances at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations! Both grade levels received straight SUPERIOR ratings. Way to go!!!!
Important Grade Level Information can be found by clicking "Ensembles" and then click on the appropriate grade level.
February 24---Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal---8:15am
February 25---Viola Choir, Cello Choir and Bass Ensembles---8:15am
February 28---Wire Choir Rehearsal---8:15am
February 29---Honor Orchestra "Make Up" Auditions(for students that already registered AND did not audition on February 8) Click the "Honor Orchestra" tab for more details.
March 4-7---Chamber Orchestra Trip to National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida
March 17---6th Grade Orchestra "Jamboree" Concert at Pope High School