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Welcome to the WFHS Orchestra Website

Welcome students and parents!

This is the West Florida High School Orchestra website where you can find information about our program. Please check this site throughout the year for information on school concert dates, fund raisers, orchestra news, and other resources. 

The West Florida High School orchestra is comprised of talented, young musicians who have chosen to continue their musical journey on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. At this level, students will work hard to improve their skills on their instrument to take with them on their journey after high school whether it be professionally or for pleasure.

Orchestra is not just the creation of music, it is the development of professionalism, responsibility, and maturity. Thank you orchestra parents for always being supportive of your children and their hard work and dedication to their craft! This could not be possible without you. 

If you have any questions regarding grading policies, concert attendance, or uniforms, please email Ms. Aldahondo.

Orchestra is located in Room 804.

- Ms. Aldahondo, aldahondo@escambia.k12.fl.us

Escambia County Youth Orchestra and All County

All orchestra students are required to participate in the Escambia County Youth Orchestra which rehearses on Monday nights at Washington High School from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. If your student auditions for and is chosen to participate in the All County Orchestra, there will be extra Monday night rehearsals and a separate concert.  ECYO is mandatory and an extension of the classroom.  Attending ECYO is part of their grade for their class at school. Contact Ms. Aldahondo if there is ever a schedule conflict, and the student may be excused.

Resources

Music Theory.net

The Rhythm Trainer

Quizlet (aid for studying)

String Skills

Note Flight (free program for composing music)

Muse Score (free program for composing music or searching for music)

Disclaimer:  The School District of Escambia County and West Florida High School's Administration and Web Manager are not responsible for any advertisements, graphics, or links to businesses or organizations outside of the district.

Local Instrument Shops

Schmidt's Music & Repair

Blues Angel Music

Tringas

Ye Ol' Fiddle Shoppe

Disclaimer:  The School District of Escambia County and West Florida High School's Administration and Web Manager are not responsible for any advertisements, graphics, or links to businesses or organizations outside of the district.

Local Orchestra Groups

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO)

University of West Florida Runge Strings

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Emerald Coast Honors Orchestra (ECHO)

Disclaimer:  The School District of Escambia County and West Florida High School's Administration and Web Manager are not responsible for any advertisements, graphics, or links to businesses or organizations outside of the district.

Meet the Director

Ms. Swift
Ms. Aldahondo has been teaching orchestra at Ferry Pass Elementary, Ferry Pass Middle School, and West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in the Escambia County School District since she graduated from UWF with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2015.  Her primary instrument is the viola and secondary violin.

Ms. Aldahondo grew up in Pensacola playing in her middle and high school orchestra as well as the Escambia County Youth Orchestra and All County Orchestra. She performs in an electric string quartet and plays the electric viola in a local rock group called the White Tie Rock Ensemble that recreates everyone's favorite classic rock hits.

Since 2012, Ms. Aldahondo has also been an instructor for the Emerald Coast Honors Orchestra, a local group of young musicians who play frequent concerts of varying styles in the community and even Orlando,FL in the summer.

Required Uniform

Here is the T-Shirt design for the 2018 - 2019 school year! *The cost is to be announced very soon.* ALL orchestra students must purchase an orchestra t-shirt to wear at performances. 

t-shirt
 

For the Escambia County Youth Orchestra, all students must purchase either an Oratorio Dress or black dress shirt, black dress pants, and red tie to wear for those performances. These are the required uniforms for performances throughout the school year. 

Orchestra Uniform
Required Uniform
Required Uniform