This isn't just music.
We've got a top notch orchestra!
Director, DDMS Orchestra
I began playing the violin at age 4 in Greenville, NC. I took private violin lessons with Joanne Bath, in relationship with East Carolina University and went on to major in violin at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. I currently play with the Raleigh Symphony and this is my sixth year playing with them. I also play with other ensembles during the year. I previously taught in Pitt County where I helped to rebuild the strings program in every elementary school in Pitt County. Ms. McLawhorn LOVES orchestra and teaching others to love the gift of music. When she is not teaching, Ms. McLawhorn enjoys reading on her back porch and getting her hands dirty in the kitchen!
Davis Drive MS Orchestra
This isn't just music...
Welcome to one of the most dynamic orchestra programs in the Wake County Public School System! The orchestra will play a concert each semester as well as perform at various festivals throughout the year. Additionally, experienced students will have an opportunity to audition for a quartet, which may include offsite field trips to art museums and other venues.
We let the results speak for themselves.
8th Grade Celebration
On June 7th there will be a potluck celebration for the 8th grade orchestra members. The dinner will begin at 6 and will be held in the Media Center at DDMS. Please take a moment to RSVP.
Junior Eastern Regional Orchestra Information
We always strive for the best.
Eastern North Carolina Junior All-State
JERO participation is available for anyone who would like to audition. It is highly recommended that most Advanced Orchestra members audition, but it is NOT a requirement. Beginners are not encouraged to audition. Ms. McLawhorn will counsel students on their decision and help them as much as possible. Auditions are generally held in early March and the clinic is held in May. Please let Ms. McLawhorn know if you are interested in participating by February 3rd , so that she can submit your name to the audition chair. It is encouraged that you work on your solo with your private teacher, but Ms. McLawhorn will be available before and after school for extra help.
Students must learn the entire solo.
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS:
Violin, Viola, Cello: C, G, D major 2 octaves, F major 1 octave, one melodic minor 1 octave of the student's choice/all scales must be slurred 4 notes to a bow with arpeggios 3 notes to a bow
Bass: C, D, F major 1 octave, G major 2 octaves, one melodic minor 1 octave of the student's choice/all scales must be slurred 2 notes per bow, arpeggios separate bows
**Perform scales as sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50. Perform arpeggios the same number of octaves as the corresponding scales, eighth note triplets at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50.
During the audition, students will be required to perform a short, 8-measure piece. To prepare for this, students are encouraged to be comfortable with reading notes and rhythms in various keys.
DDMS Orchestra Quartet
SMART block rehearsal this Friday.
The quartet will be playing music at the GHHS Band Banquet on May 23rd beginning at 6:15.
Each orchestra student is expected to have an orchestra uniform for performances this school year.
Ms. McLawhorn will not be collecting money for this uniform, you are expected to either call the company or go online to order this uniform.
***Please order your uniform by September 18th so that you receive it and have an opportunity to make any necessary alterations before our concerts.***
HOW TO ORDER
Call Formal Fashion's Hotline at 1-800-528-7909, give the operator the account number: 145268. They will help you with sizing and ordering.
Click on either the girls gown or boys tuxedo photo below to go to this uniform at Formal Fashions Inc website. If you choose this option PLEASE make sure that you picked the correct uniform. Call Formal Fashions for assistance if you are unsure.
WHAT TO ORDER
*Both uniforms come in adult and child sizes.
Forms and Documents
In this section you will find important forms and documents, including the handbook and practice logs.
A good private teacher is one of the most valuable investments a parent can make for their child's music education.
Below is a link to a list of local area music teachers who offer private lessons.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When do I need to order my uniform by?
Please order your uniform by September 18th so that you receive it and have an opportunity to make any necessary alterations before our concerts.
How many minutes per day is my child expected to practice?
Students are required to practice 100 minutes each week. If students are taking private lessons they may count up to 30 minutes each week of private lesson practice. Students may attend SMART Block during school for additional practice time. Remember quality is better than quantity!
When should my child start bringing their instrument to school?
Students will need to start bringing their own instrument to school by Thursday, September 1st. If you are in the process of receiving an instrument please let me know.
Where do I purchase an instrument?