Student Life


The mission of the Strake Jesuit orchestra is to educate musicians for others. We are dedicated to cultivating a student community of performers who embody the Jesuit ideals of educating men and women of conscience, competence, and compassionate commitment.

Cultivating Musicians

Become a musician with a conscience: We invite musicians to connect to God's creation through music performance. By selecting a diverse repertoire, we seek to foster a deep understanding of music compositions by promoting empathy, reflection, and critical thinking. Through performance, we encourage our musicians to become active co-creators and to share their musical gifts with their peers, audiences, and the broader school communities.   
Become proficient in your instrument: We invite our students to commit to excellence and the mastery of their instruments. Through consistent practice, coaching, and collaboration, we train our musicians with the technical skills and artistic discipline necessary to perform together as an ensemble. We foster a safe space for music expression and positive encouragement destined to continuously inspire our students to grow as musicians and leaders.
Be compassionate: We ask you to care for one another, become good stewards for each ensemble member, be patient with one another, and act with kindness. We are called to share our musical gifts with our community and audiences of all backgrounds.
Be committed: We invite you to participate in rehearsals, performances, and preparations. Being a musician for others will require effort, perseverance, and sacrifice; however, it will be gratifying. To many students, participating in music performances was a transformative experience that opened their minds and hearts!

String Orchestra

Rehearsals are Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM in the Parsley Center Stage. Rehearsals start at summer camp and end on the third week of May. The Strake Jesuit’s Baccalaureate Mass is this ensemble’s last performing engagement of the year. 

Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsals start after Labor Day Weekend and meet two times a week (Mondays in the morning and Thursdays in the afternoon). These practices overlap with String Orchestra practices. This ensemble performs at our annual Christmas & Spring Concerts. All string players from the String Orchestra play in the Symphony Orchestra. 

Liturgical Orchestra

This ensemble performs at masses and other prayer services. During Strake Jesuit liturgies, all male students perform during mass. An All-SAA-student ensemble will perform some St. Agnes liturgies or events. 

Chamber Orchestra

This group performs at special functions and events. Twelve musicians (SJ & SAA combined) are selected to perform at these events. NHS service hours are granted for covering these events. By default, all string players from both schools are in the string and symphony orchestra. Participation in Liturgical and Chamber orchestras is by the director’s recommendation only. 

Orchestra Events

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  • Christmas Concert

    The Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Orchestra and Band Programs cordially invite you to our Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 7 pm. The concert will be held in the Parsley Center on Strake Jesuit’s campus

    The program will feature performances by our Chamber & Symphony Orchestras and Concert Bands. Please don't miss the opportunity to listen to our students at their finest!  Attendance is free and open to the public!
    Parsley Center - Parsley Center Auditorium - 799
  • Spring Jazz Concert

    Join us in our SJSSA Jazz Spring Concert! Meyer Hall, St. Agnes Academy. Performance will include all of our jazz combos and big band!
    Meyer Hall (St. Agnes)
  • Orchestra Spring Concert

    Parsley Center - Parsley Center Auditorium - 799
  • Spring Band & Orchestra Concert

    April 27, 2024
    Band and Orchestra Concert
    Parsley Center - Parsley Center Auditorium - 799
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Meet Our Orchestra Director

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    Dr. Guillermo Hernandez-Ching 

    (713) 448-8445