Vero Beach and Indian River County value fine art and art music as well as any small community in the country, and we are honored to be a small part of it. The Orchestra program began in 2001 through the efforts of Tom Fritz and Matthew Stott. The Vero Beach High School Orchestra now has several performing groups for students to practice their craft. The Philharmonic is the most advanced large string ensemble. These students also make up the majority of the string section of the Symphony Orchestra, which combines forces with members of the VBHS Band to create a full orchestra. Sinfonia is a small, auditioned chamber orchestra which rehearses after school and performs regularly in the community. The Concert and Freshman Orchestras act as intermediate-level training orchestras. Additionally, the Fiddlin’ Indians learn a wide variety of folk and fiddle music after school, which they perform in the community.
The orchestras have consistently been rated ‘Superior’ by the Florida Orchestra Association at both district and state assessments. Students in the VBHS orchestras have performed masterpieces from the orchestral repertoire, from Baroque concerto grossi and Classical string serenades, to Romantic symphonies. In 2011, the VBHS Symphony Orchestra was named the first place full orchestra at the National Orchestra Festival. In March of 2014, the Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC. In May and June of 2017, the VBHS Philharmonic Orchestra performed in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz and Vienna, Austria. Dozens of young musicians from these programs have been named to the All-State orchestra, and many have continued their studies in colleges and conservatories.
For more information about the VBHS Orchestra, contact Vero Beach High School at:
Address: 1707 16th St Vero Beach, Florida 32960