Thank you for considering Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts as the next step in nurturing your passion, dedication, and focus on strings music. Stilwell's program is designed to nurture the whole student and focus on the skill sets necessary to be a successful musical member of a global society. Auditions are open to students in 8th and 9th grades. Audition and application information can be found below.
A highly successful orchestra program...
Provides a variety of musical & social experiences.
Expects high musical standards and execution.
Creates a culture of success.
Supports and values the learning process rather than the outcome.
Implements highly effective planning, communication, and expectations.
Includes a large number of active participants.
Has students taking private lessons outside of school.
Has many students involved in “extras”, such as youth orchestras, solo & ensemble, camps, etc.
Has strong parental involvement.
Receives community and administrative support.
Develops a great sense of pride and ownership.
Creating a Culture of Success
Performances on some of the world's most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall
GMEA All-State acceptance
LGPE Superior Ratings on levels IV-VI programs
Governor's Honors acceptance
Collaboration with professional orchestras such as Orchestra Noir
Acceptance into music schools such as Curtis, Peabody, Oberlin, Jacobs, Georgia State, Valdosta State, and many more
Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE)
Solo & Small Ensemble Festival
All-National Symphony Orchestra
Governor’s Honors Program
Stilwell Chamber Orchestra
Small Ensembles (trio's quartets, quintets)
School-wide Musical (where orchestration requires strings).
Field trips (ASO, concerts, etc.)
Performance Trips (Orlando, Carnegie Hall, etc.)
Group Building Events
Leadership (Teaching Assistants, Coaching, Section Leaders)