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Newark High School Orchestra


The Newark High School Orchestra program is the flagship program of Delaware’s Christina School District and has been recognized throughout the state and the Mid-Atlantic region for its commitment to excellence. The NHS Orchestra program provides comprehensive instruction in a cooperative learning environment on the performance of orchestral instruments and the study of music history/theory. The curriculum is supplemented with chamber music and visiting artist activities, and offers three levels of study: introductory class (Repertory Orchestra), experienced class (String Orchestra) and advanced class (Chamber Orchestra).  Students may elect to take a class for Honors Credit or participate in String Quartets. In 2010, the music program was recognized by the Grammy Foundation as a Signature School. 

The NHS Orchestra maintains an active performance calendar with four major concert programs a year featuring music in Baroque, classical, jazz and pop styles.  The ensemble has traveled to Myrtle Beach, Toronto, and Orlando where the musicians have achieved many superior ratings in their festival adjudications.  In both 1997 and 1999, the Symphonic Orchestra was chosen to perform at the Eastern Division Convention of the Music Educators National Conference held in Baltimore, MD and New York, NY, respectively.  Each year, many of our members are selected to participate in the Delaware All-State Orchestra.

Ms. Rosaria Macera is the Orchestra Director and String Specialist at Shue-Medill Middle School and Newark High School.  As a professional orchestral violinist, she performs regularly with the Delaware Symphony. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the New School of Music Conservatory (Philadelphia) and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Delaware, where she continues her post-graduate studies.  In 2005, Ms. Macera became a National Board Certified Teacher and currently serves as Christina District Music Chair.
Newark High School Orchestra