Orchestra class fulfills the current course requirement for fine arts.  This class is performance based, requiring participation in all school, county and state orchestra activities as determined by the director.  After school rehearsals are required in preparation for these adjudicated events. Additionally, orchestra class performs at both the winter and spring concerts.

Auditions are open to all students.  STEM students are welcome and highly encouraged to take advantage of the after school Music Activity Period to receive their Fine Arts Credit (for STEM students only).

Orchestra Attire

Students in the Orchestra Performance Group will be fitted for concert attire that is purchased through the activity fees.

Female Students

The women’s concert attire is a black, full length dress, black hose and black dress shoes. *Exception:  Female bass or cello students may wear black pants, a black shirt, black socks and black dress shoes.

Male Students

The men’s concert attire is a black vest, a long sleeved white tuxedo shirt, black tuxedo pants, black socks and black dress shoes. The black vest and the bowtie will be provided. The tuxedo shirt, pants, socks and shoes must be purchased at local stores. The black socks must be crew length or higher (no ankle socks!).


Orchestra students are assessed fees to offset the expenses associated with managing the South River orchestra program including music, instrument repair, transportation and much more. There are no fees for the 2020-2021 School year. 

Student Leadership

Congratulations to this year’s South River High School orchestra leaders.


For questions regarding the orchestra program, please contact Mr. Cavanaugh at 410-956-5600 or by email at gcavanaugh@aacps.org.