Dear Future Seven Lakes Orchestra Member,
It seems that this year has flown by very quickly, and it’s very hard to believe that you’re about to embark upon your high school career! This packet from the Seven Lakes Orchestras has been provided to help you and your parents take an in-depth look at what orchestra program at Seven Lakes is all about.
We have been very blessed at Seven Lakes High School. In our twelfth year of existence, the orchestras have earned many accolades, and have presented many outstanding performances. Our ensembles have won numerous “Sweepstakes” trophies at various UIL and festival contests. Our orchestras consistently rank in the top 10 orchestras among all high school orchestra programs in Texas, outranking all other Katy ISD schools. Last academic year, the Symphony Orchestra was crowned State Champions. They performed a stunning concert in front of over 3000 music educators and will be performing in front of the Texas Association of School Administrators and the State Board of Education this month. Our Pit Orchestra does an outstanding job for our musicals, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!”, “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Guys and Dolls.” For their hard work, they were nominated for the “Tommy Tune” awards, the high school equivalent of the Oscars. In fact, the Pit Orchestra actually won this prestigious award for “Once Upon a Mattress.”
Each year, we bring in guest clinicians from all over the world. Jeffrey Grogan (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), Franz Krager (University of Houston), Brian Worsdale (Manhattan School of Music) rave about our ensembles. Our students have received masterclasses from world-class musicians from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and from many colleges and universities all over the United States. Our students have had the opportunity to perform and premiere living composer works Lowell Liebermann and Kelsey Lange. Our biggest concert was when we performed with European pop superstar, Alex Rybak.
Our talent has proven itself with dozens of Region Orchestra members, Area Orchestra Members, and several All-State Orchestra members over the years. Hundreds of medals are earned at our UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. We earned our 11th consecutive Sweepstakes trophy at both Full Orchestra and String Orchestra UILs! In addition to the field trips to world-renowned artists like the Tokyo String Quartet, the Eroica Trio, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, 2Cellos, and the Houston Symphony! Students enjoy social events like Movie Night, the O-Lympics, White Elephant parties, and more. Our spring trips have brought us to San Antonio, Bandera, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, and Orlando!
Our compassion has come through with flying colors by volunteering throughout the year at the Houston Food Bank. In the past, students have also contributed to “Toys for Tots” and Katy ISD’s Santa Cops Program. Outside music, our students have worked hard toward being the best students at Seven Lakes with far-ranging achievements in academia and sports. Nevertheless, students still enjoy performing great repertoire, making new friends, and being part of a hard-working, fun-loving, and musical family!
Please check out the attachment of Frequently Asked Questions. We invite you to be a member of one of the most exciting groups at Seven Lakes. As a flagship of Katy ISD, we want YOU to be a part of making history!
Desiree Overree, Director of Orchestras Collen Whatley, Assistant Director of Orchestras