Erin Erban, Orchestra Director

B.M.C. Durfee High School

Department of Performing Arts




Sarah Curtis - President
Ariel Benevides - Vice-President
Caitlyn Coelho - Secretary/Treasurer
Sarah Curtis - Head Librarian
            Samuel Reitzas & Ruby Murfield, Assistant Librarians

B.M.C. Durfee High School Orchestral Ensembles

Photos by: Ryan Devoll Photography-Copyright 2013
Photos by: Ryan Devoll Photography-Copyright 2013


Congratulations to the Symphony and String Orchestra for placing 1st in the Busch Gardens Virginia Music in the Parks Festival, and for winning the Best Overall Orchestra Award!!!!



National Honor Society Inductees Ceremony 2016

Symphony Orchestra

Dress Rehearsal - Tuesday, January 19 - 3:00-4:30

Performance - Thursday, January 21- arrive 5:15



Tuesdays 3:00-4:30


Orchestra Listening Assignment 4

Research and listen carefully to the following orchestral works that feature your specific instrument.

Listen only to the link that corresponds with your instrument, and research three performances by varying ensembles.



N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherazade, Op. 35



Berlioz, Harold in Italy



Camille Saint-Saëns, The Swan from Carnival of the Animals



Camille Saint-Saëns, Elephants from Carnival of the Animals


  1. The above are examples of standard orchestral works featuring your instrument of choice. Explain why you believe these to be standards; what about the structure and appeal of this work constitutes its place in musical history? Think about the composer and overall significance he/she has had on music composition.

  1. Thinking about all of our class discussions of music eras, explain the era associated with your work and how it fits the mold of that style. What characteristics of the era are represented within the work?

  1. Be sure to include three separate performances by different artists-which do you prefer? What makes one stand out to you more and why? How would you approach the piece if you were to perform it?


***Due Monday, 5/25/15

Minimum of 3 pages.

MLA Format.


Students enrolled in Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra acquire an increased understanding of orchestral literature and performance. Instruction is provided in individual technique and ensemble performance style. Students will research, write, and present on topics that relate to music and its history. Additionally, the opportunity is provided on an extracurricular basis for solo and chamber ensemble experiences.


Orchestral Activities at Durfee High School exemplify three key aspects:

CREATE: Students are educationally challenged to make music as a performing group. Through the collaboration of the student musicians and director, music is made and performed. To create fine music and accomplish the ensemble goals the ensemble must

work as a unit. The Durfee Orchestras are always addressed as a WE vs. YOU/I because without every participant involved there would be no ensemble. WE create music!

PERFORM: The Durfee Orchestras will perform to showcase their craft. This craft is made up of collaboration, practice, hard-work, and passion.

RESPOND: The Durfee Orchestras will respond and reflect throughout the course of the year. This will provide more goals for students to achieve and succeed in their music making as a group.