Symphonic Orchestra

Glendale High School

Symphonic Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra is an audition only full orchestra that plays music at an advanced high school level. The group performs at concerts, festivals, and other events. This class is offered period 1.


Symphonic Orchestra covers semesters 1 & 2

Class Period

Symphonic Orchestra is held 1st Period

Performance Info

The Symphonic Orchestra performs at concerts, festivals, and other community events and gigs. Performance is mandatory and is graded.

Audition Only

Because of the complexitity of the music and the unique nature of the class it is by audition and invitation only. Students who wish to be part of the Symphonic Orchestra are encouraged to audition.

Symphonic Orchestra


Symphonic Orchestra Calendar


All the stuff in October!

3 Evening Rehearsal: All, parent helpers 6-8PM
7 Home Game vs. Pasadena (with RMS/WMS) 5:30-10PM
8 Sat. morning push rehearsal before comp 9AM-1PM
10 MB: Sectional times 4-9PM, open
14 Away Game at Burroughs 6-10PM
15 Competition all day!
17 Evening Rehearsal: All, parent helpers 6-8PM
20 Home Game vs. Muir 5:30-10PM
22 Sat. morning push rehearsal before comp 9AM-1PM
24 MB: Sectional times 4-9PM, open
28 Away Game at Arcadia 6-10PM
29 Competition all day!
31 Evening Rehearsal: All, parent helpers 6-8PM


All the stuff in November!

7,8,9,10 School Musical: Jazz and Sym evening
17,18 GHS Variety Show evening


All the stuff in August!

18 Back to School Night evening
20 Jazz Band gig, Dad’s Club afternoon
29 Music Booster Meeting 6-7:30PM

Symphonic Orchestra

Listen To The Music!

In order to excel as a musician you must not only hone your craft by practicing & playing you must also listen to others play. Jazz is the only true American musical artform and it’s as wide and diverse as our nation. Since the 1920’s every generation has defined their own style of Jazz and as a Jazz musician it’s important to have a familiarity with as many as you can.

Wayne Shorter

Straight Ahead Jazz

Big Joe Turner

Kansas City jazz

Neo-bop jazz

Wynton Marsalis and “The Young Lions.”


Swing Revival

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Glendale High School

Amy Rangel

Ms. Rangel is serving in her seventeenth year as the Director of Instrumental Music at Glendale High School and her nineteenth year as a public school educator. Ms. Rangel teaches Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands as well as Symphonic and String Orchestras. She emphasizes student leadership, responsibility, and artistry in her program through the teaching of music. In 2003, Ms. Rangel’s Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Combo performed at the Kennedy Center after GHS was awarded the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction award. Ms. Rangel has also received the Bravo award from the L.A. Music Center and is Grammy Nominated.
Current grants awarded GHS include the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Lexus Pursuit for Potential, a partnership with Southwest Chamber Music Association, and YOMP with the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2011-2013. Ms. Rangel has organized collaboration opportunities with many professional musicians and organizations including: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Arturo Sandoval, sitar/tabla player Sandip Burman, conductor Rachel Worby, CSULA/CSUN/USC professors and ensembles, Loris Tjeknavorian, and The U.S. Coast Guard Band. Ms. Rangel studied both violin and saxophone at Western Michigan University earning a BM in Music Education in 1998 and studied conducting at California State University, LA earning a MM in Instrumental Conducting in 2008.