Programs and resources provided to develop a student over their high school phase of musical growth
Improving each student’s musicianship through a comprehensive curriculum, challenging scores, and fun
The LHSO played in France, New York, Dallas, Washington DC, and Chicago to name a few places
Multiple ways to improve one’s musical skills through classroom instruction, clinics with string professionals, and the Lassiter String Academy
Number of Students
Number of Orchestras
The Lassiter Orchestra Program is a Grammy Signature School (2000) and is widely recognized as one of the finest high school orchestra programs in the nation. The Lassiter Orchestra is frequently invited to perform at conferences and competitions across the nation. In 2001 and 2008 respectively, the Lassiter Symphony and Lassiter Chamber Orchestra were selected to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. This is the most prestigious honor a band or orchestra can receive. The Lassiter Symphony was also selected to perform for the 2003, 2006, and 2014 Georgia Music Educator’s Conference in Savannah. In 2007 the Lassiter Chamber Orchestra and Lassiter String Ensemble competed in New York City at the Lincoln Center’s National Orchestra Cup. The Lassiter Chamber Orchestra won Grand Champion of the competition and Best String Section. Both orchestras have been invited back to New York to perform for the 2016 National Orchestra Cup.
Other honors include an invitation to perform for Disney’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, a performance at the Lincoln Memorial and a clinic with the United States Army’s Strolling Strings (the White House’s performing string ensemble), and a 2010 invitation and clinic with the U.S. Air Force Band and Strolling Strings at Bolling AFB. In 2004 the Orchestra competed in the American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival in Dallas, Texas placing in the country’s top 3 orchestras where they presented an Encore Performance to conclude the ASTA Conference. In 2007 and 2008 the Lassiter Orchestra was invited to perform on stage with the internationally acclaimed, Barrage, to a sold out crowd. In 2015, the Lassiter Orchestra traveled to France, performing at the American Cemetery in Normandy and the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.
There are 5 skill-based orchestra classes: String Ensemble, Sinfonia II (2nd semester), Sinfonia I, Freshmen Philharmonic (1st semester), Chamber II, Chamber I, and the Lassiter Strings of Troy. The orchestras require an audition for placement. Please email for further information: Carol.Doemel@cobbk12.org.
Lassiter Small Ensembles
Small ensemble training is part of the curriculum at Lassiter. Performing in chamber groups is highly encouraged. The Lassiter String Quartet has performed at the Governor’s Mansion, Georgia Republican Convention, and many community events. In addition, Lassiter offers an enrichment class 3 times a week where students rehearse in their small ensembles. As part of an effort to encourage music fellowship, Lassiter formed a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society in 2004. Tri-M holds bimonthly meetings and performs a recital in the fall and spring as a fundraiser for Playing for Change; a multi-media movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Lassiter Tri-M has raised over $2000 for this cause.
Lassiter Chamber Orchestra
The Lassiter Chamber Orchestra is Lassiter’s most advanced string ensemble. They have received numerous awards and have been invited to many prestigious venues. The Chamber Orchestra performs approximately 10 performances per year. They rehearse weekly after school and meet in section rehearsals before school. Members of the orchestra perform in the GMEA All-State Orchestras, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many area youth organizations.
The Lassiter Symphony is comprised of Lassiter’s most advanced instrumentalists from the Lassiter Band and Lassiter Orchestra Programs. The Lassiter Symphony has been selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Conference (2003, 2006) and the Midwest Clinic (2001). Repertoire performed includes Mozart Symphony No. 25, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Cappricio Espagnol, Chadwick’s Symphonic Sketches, Shostakovich Finale to Symphony No. 5 among others. Each year the Lassiter Symphony presents the “Night at the Movies!” featuring film clips and performing original scores from blockbuster hits.