Message From The Directors

Welcome back to Orchestra for the 2013-2014 school year! Hope you have all had a wonderful summer filled with fun and relaxing time with family and friends. It's time to get back to practicing and playing our instruments. So get those instruments tuned, find a scale book, get that bow re-haired, and let's make some music.

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Rising 7th Grade Student Sheet

Rising 7th grade students attending Lake Braddock Orchestra next year need to fill out this form (click below) by May 1, 2014. Thanks so much. Email if you have any further questions or need audition information.

Lake Braddock Orchestra: WHO WE ARE

The Lake Braddock Orchestra program is one of the largest public school Orchestras in Virginia. Since we are a secondary school that teaches seventh through twelfth grade, our Orchestra currently involves 320 students and seven orchestras. Beth Reed and Daniel McCarthy, both full-time orchestra directors, teach Middle and High School Concert, Middle and High String Ensemble, Beginning, Chamber, and Symphony orchestra. The Orchestra classes vary in ability from grade III through VI music. The Symphony Orchestra plays full symphonic literature. Each orchestra participates in state and national festival competitions and always receive superior and excellent ratings.

The mission statement and vision of Lake Braddock Secondary School is: "Lake Braddock's instructional programs are designed to empower students to be academically competitive in a constantly changing world. Our school curriculum is committed to helping our diverse student body discover talents, increase competence, develop imagination, and expand academic and personal horizons. These instructional programs are based on the philosophy that teachers employ a variety of methods to meet the needs of every student and create an environment in which learning is active and personalized."

Below is the contact information. Please feel free to e-mail or call if you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming year.

Beth Reed (
Daniel McCarthy (

Orchestra Performance Dates 2013-2014


December 3 Tuesday Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.
December 17 Tuesday Symphony/Choir Concert 7:30 p.m.
January 16 Thursday Burke Tour
March 11 Tuesday Pre-Performance Assessment Concert 7:30 pm
March 13-15 TBA District Orchestra Performance Assessment
March 27-30 Thurs- Sun Spring Trip
May 22 Thursday Spring Concert 7:30 pm
May 31 Saturday Banquet at 6 pm


December 5 Thursday Winter Concert 7:30 p.m.
March 6 Thursday Pre-Performance Assessment Concert 7:30 p.m.
March 13-15 TBA District Orchestra Performance Assessment
May 20 Tuesday Spring Concert 7:30 pm
June 6 Friday Spring trip to Hershey Park


September 30 Monday Senior Regional Orchestra Auditions @ Stuart HS (Strings)
November 8-9 Fri-Sat Senior Regional Orchestra @ Hayfield SS
November 25 Monday Junior & Senior District Auditions @ Robinson
December 14 Saturday Got Music Day
January 10-11 Fri-Sat Junior District Orchestra @ George Mason University
January 7 Tuesday Senior Solo Competition 7:00 p.m.
February 22 Saturday All State Orchestra Auditions @ JMU
April 3-5 Thurs-Sat All State Orchestra @ VA Tech
April 25 Friday Solo & Ensemble Festival @ Lanier MS

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