Education & Community

High School Orchestra of Distinction

In 2015-2016 we introduced the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra:  High School Orchestra of Distinction program.

The purpose of the High School Orchestra of Distinction is to provide recognition, encouragement, and support to outstanding and promising high school orchestras in Central Florida.

The High School Orchestra of Distinction program process is rigorous and prepares students for professional performance.

Participants are adjudicated on the following criteria:

* A Written Application outlining their ensemble success in and out of the classroom, including Music Performance Assessment (MPA) scores, student enrollment, how schools connect to their feeder schools, etc.
* An anonymous, taped, unedited recording of their school performing orchestral works.
* If selected as a semi-finalist, adjudicators attend Winter Concerts.

By participating, schools receive special opportunities for learning and growth, in addition to valuable positive feedback from professional musicians and educators.

Click here to download the Orchestra of Distinction Packet.

Interested in applying?  Submit your Written Application by Friday, September 23, 2016.  

2015-2016 Participants

The following schools were selected as semi-finalists for the 2015-2016 season were:
* Colonial High School (Orange)
* Cypress Creek High School (Orange)
* Dr. Phillips High School (Orange)
* Olympia High School (Orange)
* Osceola County School for the Performing Arts
* St. Cloud High School (Osceola)
* Trinity Preparatory School (Seminole)

Of the semi-finalists, two schools were chosen as award winners.

High School Orchestra of Distinction
Park Phil - IMG_8312Winter Park High School was chosen as the 2016 High School Orchestra of Distinction.  The Winter Park High School orchestra program includes five orchestras, with the top orchestra being the Winter Park Philharmonic (the winners of the High School Orchestra of Distinction).  The Winter Park Philharmonic has received “Superior” ratings at both the district and state levels for the past ten years.  They have even been chosen to perform at national venues such as the Midwest Conference and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Orchestra Festival.

The Winter Park Philharmonic is led by Laurie Bitters.  As a High School Orchestra of Distinction, they will remain a partner with the Orlando Philharmonic for the next three seasons.

High School Orchestra in the Wings

Osceola Group PictureOsceola County School for the Art’s Symphonic Orchestra was named the 2016 High School Orchestra in the Wings.  Osceola County School for the Arts (OCSA), serving grades 6-12, has been an “A” school every year since its inception.  US News and World Report ranks OCSA as one of the “Best High Schools in America.”  As an arts magnet, orchestra plays a huge role, with more than 200 students involved in six orchestral ensembles.

The director of the Osceola County School for the Arts Symphonic Orchestra was Randall Love.  As a High School Orchestra in the Wings, Osceola County School for the Arts will receive exclusive opportunities as an Orlando Philharmonic partner.