Orchestra is directed by Mr. Chris Pinkston.
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Students who join orchestra may choose to play the violin, viola, cello, or the bass. No prior musical experience is necessary; however, it can be helpful. Orchestra students learn the techniques of the instruments, reading of music notation, and all skills necessary to perform in an orchestra ensemble.
Beginning orchestra is at the seventh grade level; however eighth grade beginners can obtain the skills needed in time to be successful in the high school orchestra. The Advanced Orchestra consists of eighth and ninth graders. The Kimmons and Chaffin Advanced Orchestras perform together at concerts and contests.
Advanced Orchestra students participate in All-Region Orchestra, Solo/Ensemble Contest, and the Region Concert Assessment (Contest). Also, advanced orchestras participate in a fun trip to Silver Dollar City toward the end of the school year.
Orchestra students can continue to develop their skills in the High School Orchestras. Numerous and lucrative music scholarships are available to string players at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. Orchestra students generally have a history of obtaining the highest scores on college entrance exams than any other sub-population in the public schools.
Mr. Chris Pinkston is currently in his 18th year on staff with the Fort Smith Public Schools Orchestra program. He is conducting the orchestras at Kimmons and Chaffin Junior High Schools and assisting with the Southside High School Orchestra.
He has been a violinist with the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra since 1991. He is a member of the Classic String Quartet and has served as a member of the Fort Smith Symphony String Quartet. Mr. Pinkston maintains a private violin and viola lesson studio outside of his contract time with the school district.
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