Garfield High School (Seattle, Washington) - Music - Orchestra

Orchestra

The orchestra program includes a symphony orchestra, a concert orchestra, and a chamber music program which is conducted by Marcus Tsutakawa .

Every year, 20 students from the orchestra play in the Seattle Youth Symphony orchestra, often in principal positions. Garfield students also play in the Youth Symphony's Junior and Debut Orchestras, the Seattle Conservatory of Music Starling Scholar Chamber Orchestra, and many community ensembles. Garfield orchestra members have had their original compositions debuted by the Seattle Symphony and the Youth Symphony. In 1995, Garfield guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, music director of the Seattle Symphony, said, "I don’t recall hearing a high school orchestra perform anywhere in this country on such a high level." Garfield has won numerous first-place awards in festivals around the world, including the Best Orchestra for Downbeat Magazine in both 1999 and 2007, and the National Orchestra Cup in 2011. The Garfield Symphony Orchestra has also toured and performed in Japan, Europe, Boston, Chicago, and Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York.

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