The Atascocita High School Orchestras started with the opening of the school in August of 2006, beginning with 70 student musicians. The school is located in the Humble Independent School District, about 40 minutes northeast of downtown Houston, Texas. The orchestra department consists of six performing ensembles- Concert Strings, Philharmonic Strings, Sinfonia, Symphonic Strings, Chamber Strings, and Strolling Strings - with almost 170 involved students. The program is also strongly supported by its own booster organization consisting of students' parents.
Concerts include major performances in November, December, March and May, as well as engagements at elementary and middle schools throughout the school district. The program strives to place a strong emphasis on community performances, seeking to build awareness of the arts and provide a strong vehicle to build positive support for the students of Atascocita High School. Orchestras from A.H.S. have consistently earned the Sweepstakes Award at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contest and outstanding performance awards at other music competitions in San Antonio, Dallas, and New Orleans. The program also has students placed in the Texas Music Educators Association Region XIX Orchestra and participating in the Region XIX U.I.L. Solo and Ensemble Contest and the U.I.L. Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. In addition to on-campus concerts, performances have also been given at prominent sights such as St. John the Divine, the South Street Seaport in New York City, and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The final concert of the year is set as an all "pops" performance, with ticket profits being dedicated to a non-profit organization.
The goals of the Atascocita High School Orchestra are:
To develop an understanding and appreciation for one of the greatest artistic achievements of man - music
To train students in music to a point where they may continue music making beyond their high school career
To develop students into responsible and successful members of society,
able to produce well individually and as a member of a group
To exhibit the essential qualities of integrity, determination, ambition, dependability, loyalty and self-discipline