Congratulations Garfield Orchestra Students!

Garfield Orchestra students had a great showing at the Washington State Solo & Ensemble Contest, held in Ellensburg, April 26th and 27th.

Congratulations to the following four students for placing in the top three for Washington state in their instrument categories:

  • 1st Place – Sho K (cello)
  • 2nd Place – Corinna S (trumpet)
  • 2nd Place – Milo P (percussion – mallets)
  • 3rd Place – Sofie F (bassoon)

Garfield Orchestra Auditions – 2019

Garfield Orchestras are preparing for another exciting year of music making! If you would like to be involved, we want to ensure that you are placed in the proper ensemble to best foster your growth as a musician. In order to do so, we want to hear you play. Here are the important details:

  1. All Freshman String players should enroll in Chamber Orchestra. No audition is required: this class is designed to welcome our Freshman string class to the program and to create the social and technical familiarity necessary for our orchestra family to grow in successive years.
  2. Two of our ensembles, Concert and Symphony Orchestra, meet as a Full Orchestra – including Winds, Brass, and Percussion in addition to Strings. In full orchestra literature, winds, brass, and percussion instruments are treated as soloists. As such, ALL Wind, Brass, and Percussion players must audition to be placed in these ensembles. Concert and Symphony Orchestras are open to Freshman Wind, Brass, and Percussion players by audition.

Audition information documents are available for download here:

The audition dates are May 20 and 21, starting at 4:00pm and going until 6:30pm (if these times fill up, additional days will be added). Sign-ups are available by following this link:

Please Support Garfield Orchestra!

Last night, Garfield Orchestra celebrated the silver screen with its annual Pops Concert. Over 170 student musicians played music from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and more. What a fantastic evening!

The concert also kicked off our Annual Drive. Continuing our legacy of having an award winning program depends on your continued support. A significant part of our mission is to subsidize orchestra activities so that all students can fully participate.

Your donation funds instrumental coaching, music scores/licensing, festival costs, scholarships, and the repair and replacement of school instruments. In addition, this summer we are hoping to renovate our instrument storage room. Next year, we are looking forward to having concerts and programs for our feeder school students – future Garfield musicians! 

Please ensure the continued excellence of our program by donating today. If your company matches employee gifts, you can double your donation!

For those who missed the fabulous concert, here’s a student-produced video explaining why Garfield Orchestra is so important to the students it serves:

Special Offer for GHS Students – Leclair & Rameau: the Age of Enlightenment

An evening of decadent and delicious music from the late French Baroque, including Couperin’s La Paix du Parnasse (“Peace on Parnassus”), Leclair’s second Récréation de Musique, and selections from Rameau’s works for harpsichord, solo and accompanied. This concert is a co-production with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. More information and tickets can be found here.

Garfield Orchestra Goes to the Movies!

Artwork by Annika L.

Movie Music Madness! Join the Garfield Orchestra and hear some of your favorite movie tunes in the annual Pops concert. Music from Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and Harry Potter will be performed by the talented Garfield students. Come early and enjoy bahn mi sandwiches and bake sale treats.

Spring Trip Instructions

Please read the instructions below for students traveling on the Spring Trip.

Baggage and Packing:

You are allowed one carry on and one personal item, such as a purse or backpack that can fit under the seat. Note that your suitcase should be no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (including wheels and handles). Packing list can be found here.


Students must check in with their chaperone by 7:00 AM.  Alaska Airlines will open desks specifically for our group.  These desks will be the last row in the Alaska Airlines check-in area closest to the center of the airport.

Upon checking with their chaperones, they will get 2 luggage tags.  One is for their suitcase and one is for their instrument.  After tagging their instruments and luggage, students will be directed to get their boarding passes.  

Students who play trumpet, French horn, bassoon and trombone will check their instruments at the check-in counter.  Students who play violin and viola will check in their suitcases at the gate.  Someone from FOGO will be at both counters to pay for the baggage fees. 


We are scheduled to return to Sea-Tac Airport at 8:30 PM.  Students must be released to a parent/guardian (no Uber, Lyft, Link).  Upon the group’s return, we are asking parents/guardians to park their cars and check in with their student’s chaperone before leaving.  Carpooling is encouraged, but please check in with the students’ chaperones before leaving.  

Please send all questions to Carolyn and Sue at

Winter Combined Concert! Thursday, December 20th

Join the Garfield Orchestra, Band and Choir for the annual Winter Concert next Thursday at 7 PM in the Quincy Jones Auditorium.

Orchestra highlights include some holiday favorites; The Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah; a world premiere arrangement by one of our Garfield Orchestra students of Das Geisterschiff, and a timpani concerto.

A great evening of music!

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here:

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.