About Us

Inspiring the Next Generation of Musicians

The mission of Sandra Day O'Connor High School Orchestras, is to provide the premier orchestral experience for the youth of Helotes, TX and the surrounding area, is to enhance education, enrich the community, and transform lives by pursuing excellence in classical music in a stimulating, nurturing, and fun environment that is equally accessible to all students.

The O'Connor HS Orchestra provides young musicians of all backgrounds the opportunity to play music together so they can learn, grow, and thrive while connecting with the community. We provide transformative music experiences to more than 300 young musicians in our feeder middle and elementary schools. The O'Connor HS Orchestra connects motivated young musicians together and provides a world-class experience that helps youth grow creatively, academically, and socially.

The O'Connor HS Orchestra envisions a community where all musically-inclined students at O'Connor have a chance to pursue their interests and maximize their potential. We week to find remove financial and social barriers to high-quality music education and designs its activities around this purpose.

Our Story

Creating Beautiful Music Since 1998

Opening with the school in 1998, the O'Connor High School Orchestra is celebrating it's 24th year in existence. We have 4 performing orchestras that make up the group: Varsity Full Orchestra, Non-Varsity Orchestra, Sub Non-Varsity A Concert Orchestra, and the Sub Non-Varsity B String Orchestra. We have an ever expanding program of more than 150 talented musicians.

     The O'Connor HS Orchestra has constantly received accolades, every year we have received the highest ratings at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation competitions each year.  The group also consistently performs as a Symphony Orchestra combining with the woodwinds, brass, and percussion sections of the O'Connor Marching Band. Together, they perform high-quality repertoire at a high level of musicality. Every year, students have participated in the UIL Solo & Ensemble competition, dozens of students throughout the year have received superior rating and have gone onto compete at the State level. We hope to keep these successes a long-lasting tradition.

     We are fortunate at O'Connor High School to have dedicated students, teachers, administration, staff, and parents. The strong sense of community is something unseen anywhere else.

 
 

Meet the Directors

 

22-23 Orchestra Officers