Music Department

Honors String Orchestra Festival

October 17, 2016

Danielle Johnson, Guest Conductor

Concert at 5:30 pm - Free Admission (Community Concert Hall)

Danielle JohnsonNew this year - we will have 2 high school orchestras; one by audition and one by director recommendation; and 1 middle school orchestra.

The top group this year will require a recorded audition submitted via e-mail or snail mail.  Selection to the other high school and middle school group will be by director recommendation.  If a student submits a recording for inclusion in the top high school group and is not selected for that ensemble, they will automatically be considered and given preferential treatment for other orchestras. 

Audition materials/requirements will be posted at a later date.


Danielle Johnson is sought after as a guest clinician and adjudicator along the Front Range. An active freelance performer, Johnson is a violist in the Steamboat Symphony.  For 12 years, she spent the summer months as Dean of Women and Interdisciplinary Faculty Instructor for the string chamber music program, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. She is now on staff with Voyageurs, Int.  In 2013, Johnson was named Colorado's "Music Director Who Makes a Difference" by the publication School Band & Orchestra.  Johnson received her bachelor of music education from Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois, and her masters in violin performance/pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently teaches orchestra at Mountain Range High School in the Adams 12 District. Previously, she taught for Wheaton's pre-college program, the International School of Bangkok in Thailand, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and the public schools in Omaha, Nebraska and Northglenn, Colorado.


Quick Links

  • Auditions/Registrations due Friday, September 16

  • Registration Forms
  • Informational Letter - click HERE
  • Full day's Schedule will be posted at a later date, however, for planning purposes please note that HS students should arrive at 8:30 and MS students at 9:00am. The concert will be at 5:30pm.

Repertoir Lists:

Repertoire for the top group, conducted by Danielle Johnson:

Grieg’s Holberg Suite
Florido’s Mi Negra
Copland’s Hoe Down

Dr. Brent Williams will conduct the 2nd HS group:

Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in c minor, k. 546
Bartok’s Ten Pieces for Children (arr. Rudolf Maros)
Piazzolla’s Buenos Aires Hora Cero (arr. M. Brent Williams)

Dr. Katherine Jetter will conduct the MS group:
Alborado by Rimsky Korsakov/arr. Monday (sound sample link below)

Lullaby to the Moon by Brain Balmages (sound sample link below)

Bio Rhythms by Richard Meyer (sound sample link below)

Mythos by Soon Hee Newbold (sound sample link below)

All repertoire will  be emailed as pdf files upon registration

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Admission Procedures
Scholarship Opportunities

2017 Audition Dates:
February 3-4: Everyone
February 24: Vocal Only
March 24-25: Everyone