Pleasant Valley Orchestral Strings
For many years the Pleasant Valley Community School District has considered the formation of an orchestral strings program as the missing link in completing it's music course offerings. In 2001 the voters approved a referendum giving final approval to the development of an orchestral strings program. Robert Swinney was hired as Orchestra Director in 2002 and work began to acquire grant money for the purchase of instruments. Students began enrolling in three separate string classes in August and the Orchestral Strings program was introduced into the Fine Arts Curriculum for the 2002-2003 school year with 112 students registered. We have been growing ever since.
PV Beginning Orchestra
The beginning orchestra is made up of 4thgraders with no prior playing experience. Students enrolled in the beginning orchestra meet at Pleasant Valley Jr. High School at 7:30 a.m on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students may ride the Jr. High bus from their home bus stop or their parents may bring them to the Jr. High School. Busses transport students back to their home elementary school after orchestra class. Beginning orchestra students receive a 15 minute individual or small group lesson once a week in addition to orchestra classes. The beginning class rehearses as one large group. The picture at left is of our Winter Concert.
PV Silver Strings
Silver Strings is made up advanced elementary school students who enjoy the challenge of public performance. Silver Strings classes will meet at 7:30 on Friday mornings at the Jr. High School.
PV Intermediate Orchestra
The Intermediate Orchestra is comprised of elementary school students with at least one year of playing experience(5th and 6th grade). The Intermediate Orchestra meets Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. at the Jr. High School.
PV Jr. High Orchestra
The Jr. High Orchestra meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 2nd period at the Jr. High School. The Jr. High Orchestra accepts invitations to perform for the public.
PV High School Orchestra
The High School Orchestra meets during the 7th period. Students receive course credit for participation in the orchestra. The High School Orchestra made itís debut performance for the Pleasant Valley PTAís at October 2002 meeting. Since then the High School orchestra has built a reputation of demonstrating sophisticated music at various functions in the Quad City Area. The PV High School Orchestra is accepts invitations to perform for the public.