The Dickerson Orchestra program is comprised of 485 students in four levels of ensemble performance.
6th Grade Orchestra
First year students or students who enter Dickerson with experience are members of this orchestra. Experienced students have the opportunity to work on higher level music and possibly perform with upper level orchestras. 6th grade orchestras perform three concerts each school year (October, March, and May). Concert attire includes orchestra t-shirt and jeans.
7th Grade Orchestra
Students with at least two years of playing experience that meet every day. This class is split into 7-1 and 7-2 orchestra. 7th graders wear concert uniforms and have 3-4 performances each school year. In addition, 7th grade enjoys a field trip to the Atlanta Symphony or other equivalent performance experience.
8th Grade Orchestra
Students with significant amount of playing experience that meet every day. These students are split into two equal classes. 8th graders exemplify a high standard of performance both on and off the concert stage. They are the most experienced musicians in the orchestra system. Students in 8th grade typically perform 4-5 concerts per school year, including a performance evaluation (LGPE). In addition, the 8th grade orchestras usually travel out of state for a clinic performance.
The top performing orchestra at Dickerson and includes musicians in grades 6-8 placed into the ensemble through audition. Students study privately and typically enter Dickerson with previous playing experience. This elite group of approximately 30 musicians meets before school to rehearse two days a week. This ensemble represents the Dickerson Orchestra in many community performances throughout the school year.