Under the direction of Andrés Lopera, this ensemble provides a full-orchestra experience exclusively for high school students enrolled in the Columbus City School district. Rehearsals are held weekly, beginning in December and culminating with a concert on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the Lincoln Theatre.

In its thirteenth year, this orchestra is composed of high school musicians from various Columbus City Schools who rehearse with Andrés Lopera from December through March at Ft. Hayes high school. The program is tuition-free for the students and has been presented by Safelite AutoGlass with additional funding from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Pictured above is the 2019 orchestra.


2021-2022 Auditions 


Monday, Dec. 13, 2021  6 PM-8 PM (audition times below)

Ft Hayes High School Band Room 


Eligibility Requirements and Information

* Audition times have been staggered to help alleviate long waits

* Students must be enrolled, in good standing, at a Columbus City School high school. 

* Judged by professional musicians and educators who are not teachers with the CCS district. 


*Audition Times*

 Southeast High Schools- 6 PM 

            Ft. Hayes, South, Marion Franklin, Eastmoor Academy, Walnut Ridge, Independence, East

Northeast High Schools- 6:30 PM 

             Northland, CAHS, Linden Mckinley, Mifflin, Brookhaven, Beechcroft 

 West High School- 7 PM

              Centennial, Whetstone, West, Briggs Columbus North International 


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 Audition Requirements 

* Solo Piece 

* Sight Reading 

* Scales

            Strings: 2-octave major scales: D G Bb

            Woodwind and Brass: 2-octave major scales: Bb, F, G 

            Percussion: Demonstrate proficiency on snare drum, timpani, and/or xylophone

                                 including rudiments on snare drum and 3-octave sale on xylophone: G, F



No audition fee or tuition fee. Students must make their own transportation arrangements. Student participants will receive a certificate of participation. and T-shirt.