About Maus Orchestra



Maus Middle School has A VERY LARGE ORCHESTRA PROGRAM in Frisco ISD with over 150 students! We proudly feed our program with students from Sem, Tadlock, Mooneyham & Liscano Elementary schools.  The Maus Orchestra Program focuses on performing stringed instruments in the orchestra family.  Along with performance, orchestra teaches students life learning lessons such as Teamwork, Confidence, Communication, and Leadership, and Pride.

Our students represent Maus Middle School with Pride!


* Maus Orchestra Students have the opportunity to work with numerous professional clinicians each year.(some from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
* In 2014-2015, Maus Middle School Orchestra Students had the most entries and received the most awards in the Frisco PTA Reflections Composition Contest!
* At Chamber Music Festival last year, Maus Orchestra had 32 Superior Soloists, 18 Excellent Soloists, and 25 Superior Ensemble Members. Some soloist and ensembles even received the Outstanding Award of the day from the judge in their room!
* The Maus Symphony Orchestra received Straight Superior Ratings which earned them a UIL Sweepstakes Trophy in 2015 2016 & 2017.

*The Maus Philharmonic Orchestra received Straight Superior Ratings which earned them a UIL Sweepstakes Trophy in 2016.
* The Maus Beginner Orchestra received Straight Superior Ratings at the Sandy Lake Music Festival in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018..
*Different Orchestras at Maus have the opportunity to perform at many different venues throughout the school year including: School assemblies, the Stonebriar Mall, Frisco ISD Art Shows, school concerts, and the annual Orchestra Dessert Concert!

Our orchestras are Award Winning!
From Sandy Lake Contest to UIL Performance and Sight-reading Contest to Peak's Music Festival....our Orchestras have been recognized and awarded the highest trophies!!  Our Symphony Orchestra was recognized as the Best In Class Orchestra at Peak Music Festival in 2016.



Beginner Orchestra at Maus

The Maus Orchestra Program begins in the sixth grade with instruction in violin, viola, cello, and bass. These students learn in homogenous classes and focus solely on their particular instrument. Most 6th graders are part of this orchestra, which is comprised of beginning players. However, we accept other students into these classes who have not played previously. In these classes, we start from the beginning with everything: how to hold the instrument and bow, how to read music, the best ways to make sounds, the best way to sit and stand, and the history behind the music we perform. These classes meet daily for one class period and focus on establishing and developing basic musical and performance skills. The Beginner Orchestra performs 4 public concerts during the school year and compete at the Sandy Lake Music Festival in the spring. Our beginner orchestra classes are MAUSOME!!

Concert Orchestra at Maus


The Concert Orchestra is for students with at least one year of experience. In this orchestra, students will continue their musical development by learning new techniques and more difficult rhythms. This group will have four public performances throughout the year. This will include the Fall Concert in October, the Winter Concert in December, the annual Orchestra Dessert Concert in April, and a contest at the end of the year. Students in this orchestra will have the opportunity to audition to attend a contest in the spring semester. Concert Orchestra is Mausome! Students in Concert Orchestra may be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

This is our first year to have the Philharmonic Orchestra at Maus. Our Orchestra grew so much last year we had to add another orchestra!!


Philharmonic Orchestra at Maus

The Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of students who have one or more years of experience. This ensemble will continue individual development in technique, tone, and music through a progressive curriculum of middle school level music literature. Students placed in this class are committed to continuing their interest in improving their skills in orchestra. This orchestra will perform for four or more public performances per year. Those performances include: the Fall Orchestra Concert, the Winter Orchestra Concert, the annual Orchestra Dessert Concert, and an Elementary School Performance. This orchestra will compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert and sight-reading Competition. This orchestra will also compete in one other music festival during the spring semester. Philharmonic Orchestra ROCKS! Students in this orchestra may be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.



Advanced Symphony Orchestra at Maus

The Advanced Symphony Orchestra is our most advanced orchestra at Maus Middle School. These students show a high level of musical ability and technique. They strive to exhibit competency in scales, complex rhythms, vibrato, and shifting. They show commitment to their orchestra by attending all rehearsals and practicing regularly. Most of the students in this orchestra are 8th graders, but there are several 7th graders, and some 6th graders who can be admitted to this orchestra by audition. The main purpose is to be prepared for high school orchestra, so the expectation of practice and work ethic will be very high. Students will learn advanced techniques as well as perform increasingly difficult music as the year progresses. Advanced Symphony Students are required to try out for All-Region Orchestra. This Orchestra will perform in at least 5 public performances throughout the year. This includes: the Fall Orchestra Concert, the Winter Orchestra Concert, an Elementary School Performance, the annual Orchestra Dessert Concert, and a Spring Concert.  Beyond these concerts, the Symphony Orchestra has several additional performances in school and community functions. Symphony Students will participate in the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competition in March, a music festival in the spring, the Honor Orchestra State Competition, and in other possible performances at various events in the Frisco and the DFW Area. Symphony Orchestra Rocks! Placement into this group is by audition only.