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.
Mark Shuping is a 2011 graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2007 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. During his time at Oberlin, he worked with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras and founded the Oberlin Cello Choir.
Originally from Spartanburg, SC, Mark started playing the cello in fifth grade at his elementary school. He later attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts high school, for the last two years of high school. His principal teachers include Kenneth Law, Robert Jesselson, and Darrett Adkins.
Previously, Mark was been the Orchestra teacher at Woodbridge Middle School. During his tenure, the program doubled in size and dramatically increased in quality. Ensembles consistently received high scores at assessments, and they won 1st and 2nd place during their spring competition in May each year.
Mark is excited to be working with the wonderful families and students at Gifford Middle School and Vero Beach High School. He cannot thank everyone enough for being so incredibly supportive!
For more information about the VBHS Orchestra, contact Mr. Shuping at:
Address: 1707 16th St Vero Beach, Florida 32960