Audition dates and requirements for 2018/19 school year

May 21, 22 – Incoming 9th grade Winds/Brass Percussion/Piano/Harp Auditions (starting at 3:45pm in 219)

May 23, 24 –Garfield Orchestra Winds/Brass/Percussion/Piano/Harp Auditions (for current GHS students)

May 29, 30, 31—Garfield Orchestra Viola/Cello/Bass Auditions (for current GHS students)

June 4, 5, 6—Garfield Orchestra Violin Auditions (for current GHS students)

*Auditions will take place for existing GHS students in the morning, during advisory, 6th period, and after school—sign up sheets will go up in May*

Audition requirements for winds/brass:

Two octave Major scale

Two octave Minor scale

2 minute of a solo

Sight Reading


Audition requirements for strings:

3 octave Major scale

3 octave Minor scale

2 minute of a solo



Percussion:  (see or email me for audition time)

Short solos on snare, timpani, and mallets

Sight Reading



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CWU Orchestra festival Chaperones Needed!

Dear Garfield Orchestra families,

Chaperones are needed for our March 8-Central Washington Orchestra Festival.  All orchestras (A, B and C) will be attending!

On Thursday March 8 ALL Garfield orchestra students will be attending the Central Washington Orchestra Festival in Ellensburg, WA. This is a non-competitive festival including a constructive and engaging exchange between the clinician/conductor and students.

We will need 15 volunteers to chaperone the group on buses and throughout the festival.  This is a fun and easy event to chaperone plus another great chance to see your student perform!

Volunteers should be at Garfield at 8:30 on the morning of March 8th.  We will be returning to Garfield in the evening around 7:30 pm (depending on traffic).  Volunteer paperwork will be provided to chaperones a few weeks before trip.

The sign-up link is here: Sing up to chaperone for CWU Festival

Thank you!

Side by Side Dress Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Here is a summary of the schedule for Friday January 5th.

1:30 PM – GHS arrives via Artist Entrance.


3:15 to 3:35 PM – Break

3:35 to 4:30 PM – SSO rehearsal of Mozart and Hue

4:30 to 4:35 PM – GHS to pick their instruments and go on stage


5:00 – 6:30 PM – break

For more details on the rehearsal (who goes where).

6:30 PM – GHS orchestra gathers in Founders Room (call time)

7:00 PM – GHS gathers backstage with instruments

7:00 PM Concert Order

MOZART Symphony 39 (I) – Seattle Symphony

HUE Fantasy – Seattle Symphony (with PHOEBE!)

BEETHOVEN    Leonore Overture No. 1 – Garfield Orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet – Garfield Orchestra + Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Side-by-Side this Friday, January 5th!

Greetings and Happy New Year Orchestra families!

Just a quick reminder that on January 5th from 7-9pm is our Side by Side Concert with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.  “Orchestra A” only will be performing but all are welcome and attendance is FREE! Please register below for tickets for RSVP only. There is no charge at checkout.

Orchestra A will have an evening rehearsal on January 3 (6;30-8:30).

We look forward to seeing you at Benaroya Hall for a great night of music!

Join the Garfield Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah – Friday, December 8th.

Come and sing the Messiah Oratorio along with the Garfield High School Orchestra under the direction of Kim Roy.  The music and signing starts at 7:30 PM at Seattle’s First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave.

Tickets are now available online at Brown Paper Tickets.

General Admission tickets are $15, Seniors and Students $10.

Bring your own score, or rent one at the door for $5. You don’t need to be an accomplished choral singer this sing-along concert is for everyone who loves singing and Handel’s immortal oratorio.

Desserts and beverages available during intermission.

Act Quickly for Free Tickets to NW Sinfonietta, Thursday 11/9

We just got an offer for up to 2 free tickets per student to attend the NW Sinfonietta performance on Thursday November 9th at 7:30pm.  BUT YOU NEED TO GET THE INFORMATION TO KIM ROY TODAY SINCE SHE NEEDS TO E-MAIL THE LIST BY 5:00 PM ON THE 8TH.

Kim’s e-mail is:

The program poster is attached. They will do an amazing work by Hans Krasa, written in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp, as well as a contemporary concerto telling the story of WWII survivor Curt Lowens, who saved countless Jewish children and 2 American pilots while working with the Dutch Resistance.  The program ends with a classic- Beethoven Eroica symphony.

Unofficial “Field Trip” to see the Seattle Symphony perform Shostakovich – 10

Join your fellow Garfield students and parents at the Seattle Symphony for Shostakovich – 10.

Tickets for students will be only $5 through Teentix and adult tickets are discounted to $20 if you order through us.

The order form is due back to Kim Roy by Monday October 9th so don’t delay!!!

Symphony Discounted Tix Order From – 10-29-17

To learn more about this event check out our event page and the link to Seattle Symphony.

Friends of Garfield Orchestras Family Social — Sunday, September 24

Friends of Garfield Orchestras invites all students and parents to a Family Social!  

Sunday, September 24, 4:00-7:00 pm
Informational Meeting at 4:30 pm sharp in the Garfield Orchestra Room, followed by pizza/potluck dinner in courtyard.
Pizza, utensils, plates, cups and napkins will be provided!

If your last name begins with:

·         A – H:   Please bring a Salad

·         I – O:    Please bring Drinks

·         P – Z:   Please bring Dessert

This will be a great opportunity for new and returning families to meet Kim Roy, to get to know each other, and to find out more information about orchestra performances and activities planned for the year. 

Questions? Email Bonnie Steele and Kitt Day, FOGO Co-Presidents, at


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Information for joining the Garfield Orchestras in 2017-18

Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Freshmen Strings

New strings DO NOT NEED an audition. ALL 9th Grade string players join the Freshmen Strings class.

New Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

Auditions for new woodwinds, brass & percussion after school – Date TBA. First come basis. (I’d like to hear a major and minor scale; 2 mins. of a solopiece or etude; and 1 min. of sightreading)

  • PE REQUIREMENT can be waived with Music participation.
  • Occupational Education credit available for juniors and seniors.
  • Fine Arts credit available for freshmen and sophomores.
  • 15 orchestra members are currently taking two (or more) music classes.

More info:

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