About The Orchestras

ThunderRidge High School offers two performing orchestras - String and Chamber Orchestra. Students from both orchestras participate in concerts, festivals, and honor ensembles, In addition, students have the opportunity to perform annually in a combined full orchestra alongside winds, brass, percussion, and chorus!

String Orchestra

String Orchestra is a large ensemble available to students of all grades and ability levels. Typically, String Orchestra consists of between 45 and 60 musicians. This ensemble features music that exposes students to orchestral repertoire, as well as pop, film, and modern music. The TRHS String Orchestra annually performs at either a CHSAA festival, Canyon City Blossom Festival, or the Colorado West Instrumental Music Festival in Grand Junction. The String Orchestra at TRHS consistently receives Excellent or Superior Ratings at their festivals.


Chamber Orchestra

The TRHS Chamber Orchestra is an audition only ensemble. This ensemble is available to students in grades 10-12 and consists of 21-24 performers. Most participants in Chamber Orchestra are involved in private lessons, or youth orchestras outside of ThunderRidge. Students in Chamber Orchestra have consistently been selected to perform at Western States Honor Orchestra Festival, Colorado All-State Orchestra, and Continental League Honor Orchestra. The orchestra competes in the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival every year, and consistently receives superior ratings, as well as Best-In-Class awards.

About The Director

Mr. Hutchins has been the director of Orchestras at ThunderRidge HS since 2013 and is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Grizzly family! He graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in Music Education where he studied conducting with Maestros Wes Kenney and Steven McNeal, and trombone with Greg Harper (Bass Trombonist - Colorado Symphony Orchestra). Currently, he is earning a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from CSU. In addition to teaching orchestra, Mr, Hutchins assists with the Grizzly Marching Band.

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