• Philharmonia is open to students who have completed a year in Varsity Orchestra and demonstrate competence in the basic skills taught in that class. The orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire, including American and popular styles, frequently featuring a drum set or rhythm section. In addition to honing technique and musicianship, students begin to explore improvisation, extended techniques, and more advanced shifting. Musicians are expected to practice and learn their music at home, and private lessons are strongly encouraged.