The South County High School Orchestras, located in Lorton, VA (Fairfax County) consists of roughly 125 students in grades 9-12 performing throughout four ensembles. The SCHS Orchestras have a longstanding tradition of excellence, consistently earning high ratings at VBODA events as well as various festivals across the East coast. The SCHS Orchestra program strives to provide the highest quality musical experience for all students with the hopes of fostering a love of music that will extend well beyond the classroom. Members of the SCHS Orchestras are challenged to develop both strong individual skills and the necessary ensemble skills to ensure a polished performance. The SCHS Orchestras offers a collaborative, supportive and fun environment where students can be a part of something larger than themselves.
Meet the Director
Director of Orchestras
Marci Swift is a native to Northern Virginia and a product of Prince William County Schools. Ms. Swift graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Music and a Minor in Business Administration. While at USC, she studied violin with Donald Portnoy and participated in the nationally recognized teacher training program, the USC String Project. Ms. Swift earned a Masters in Music Education from Georgia State University while teaching in the Cobb County School District outside of Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Swift returned to Northern Virginia (Fairfax County) in 2004. She taught at Holmes MS from 2004-2011 and Kilmer Middle School from 2011-2018. Mrs. Swift joined the South County faculty in 2018. Under her direction, Ms. Swift's orchestras consistently receive superior ratings at State Assessment and various competitions in the mid-Atlantic area. Ms. Swift was selected to perform at the VMEA state conference with both the Holmes MS Concert Orchestra (2007) and the Kilmer MS Symphonic Orchestra (2014). She has served as both a guest conductor and an adjudicator for various Districts across Northern Virginia and conducted the United String Ensemble for the Youth Orchestras of Fairfax for 5 years. Mrs. Swift served as co-director of the Vienna Summer Strings program for seven years.
Ms. Swift lives in Woodbridge, VA with her husband Mike, her two children, Kendall and Collin, and their dogs - a miniature dachshund, Slinky, and a miniature labradoodle, Annie.
As we begin a new year (YAY!) and look towards the second half of the school year and all that in holds in store, we would like to share with you the final product of the SCHS Orchestra Winter Showcase. This project was a labor of love with efforts put in by ALL our amazing orchestra students. They can tell you first hand the challenges that a virtual performance entails which makes this video all the more impressive. Each group video was created by a student who put together all the individual group member videos, which is NOT an easy feat. Mrs. Swift is so proud of the work put in on this project and is pleased to present to you the SCHS Orchestra Winter Showcase. We hope you enjoy!
Orchestra Course fee of $20 should be paid via My School Bucks by 10/30.
Students who are renting an instrument from the school should complete the 2020 Instrument Rental Contract and pay the require fees through My School Bucks by 10/30.
Interested in finding a private teacher outside of school? Great! CLICK HERE for a list of teachers in the area. Or check Google Classroom for the most up to date list.
SCHS Orchestra Booster Club Scholarship
The SCHS Orchestra Booster Club offers scholarships for deserving students.
Guidelines for Scholarship
Scholarship requirements for the student in order of importance include:
Must be presently enrolled in a SCHS Orchestra class
Must be a SCHS graduating senior
Must be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college, university, or music conservatory
Must have demonstrated commitment and service to the orchestra during their years at SCHS which may include the following:
Participation in school-related orchestra events, such as Governor’s School for Music, All-Virginia Orchestra, Senior Regional Orchestra, FCPS District X Honors Orchestra, FCPS Solo & Ensemble Festival, and SCHS pit orchestra
Membership in Tri-M Music Honor Society
Involvement in SCHS orchestra fund-raisers
Participation in other orchestra-related events, such as membership in a community orchestra/symphony, private lesson study, and summer music camp.
Must have participated in the FCPS District X Honors Orchestra and/or the FCPS Solo & Ensemble Festival at least once during their high school years
Must submit the application with requested information including an essay on the required topic
Must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
Financial need is not considered for this scholarship
You'll find almost every college and music conservatory in the country represented there. It's helpful to decide ahead of time which schools you want to consider so that you can make the best use of your time.
1 - SENIOR Exams periods 5 and 7
2 - SENIOR Exams periods 6 & 8
2 - End of Year Orchestra Awards Picnic, 5:30 PM at Laurel Hill Central Green. PLEASE RSVP by 5/24
3 - EXAMS periods 1 & 3 (Early Release)
4 - EXAMS periods 2 & 6 (Early Release)
8 - EXAM period 5 (Virtually Synchronous Day)
9 - EXAMS periods 7 & 8 (Early Release)
10 - Graduation at Jiffy Lube Live (2PM) - NO SCHOOL
11 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Early Release)
19 - STALLION STAMPEDE (2-4PM)
23 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
27 - Elementary School Recruitment Tour (Chamber Only)
3 - NO SCHOOL
6 - NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
18 - TAG DAY
27 - Senior Regional Orchestra Auditions at Justice HS
11 - NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)
12 - Pie Sale Begins
12 - Masquerade Clinic at MS 4:15-5:30PM (Chamber Only)
19 - Masquerade Clinic at MS 4:15-5:30PM (Chamber Only)
23 - Masquerade Workshop at SCHS 8AM-12PM (Chamber ONLY)
26 - Pie Sale Ends
26 - Masquerade Concert 7PM SCHS
29 - End of Quarter 1; EARLY RELEASE
1-2 - NO SCHOOL
11-13 - Senior Regional Orchestra Event at Wakefield HS
15 - Pie Delivery Day SCHS Loading Dock
16 - District Orchestra Auditions at Justice HS
24-26 - Thanksgiving Break
4 - SCHS Craft Show
7 - Orchestra after School Rehearsal (3:15-5PM)
9 - Orchestra Winter Concert SCHS 7PM
14 - Tiny Tots Rehearsal 3:15-5PM (Chamber ONLY)
15 - Tiny Tots Performance during School (Chamber ONLY)
20-31 - Winter Break
14-15 - District Honors Orchestra Event at Hayfield SS
17 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
20 - End Quarter 2; EARLY RELEASE
21 - NO SCHOOL; TEACHER WORKDAY
24 - NO SCHOOL; TEACHER WORKDAY
28 - SCHS Talent Show
21 - NO SCHOOL President's Day
26 - All-State Orchestra at JMU
2 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment Concert SCHS 7PM
3 - Early Release
4 - TEACHER WORKDAY - NO SCHOOL
18-19 - Orchestra Assessment at Annandale HS
31 - End Quarter 3; EARLY RELEASE
1 - NO SCHOOL - TEACHER WORKDAY
4-8 - SPRING BREAK
21-23 - All-State Orchestra
29 - Solo & Ensemble Festival at Holmes MS
13-14 - Spring Musical
18 - Full Orchestra After School in band room 3:15-5PM
20-21 - Spring Musical
23 - Full Orchestra After School in band room 3:15-5PM
24 - Orchestra End of Year Banquet 5:30PM in cafeteria
24 - Orchestra Spring Concert 7PM
30 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
10 - LAST DAY - EARLY RELEASE
Orchestra Booster Club
The mission of the South County High School Orchestra Booster Club (SCHS OBC) is to support the Orchestra director and students so that they will have an enjoyable and successful year. We carry out fundraising events to provide funding for orchestra music events, the purchase and maintenance of orchestra equipment's, and many other forms of support. As parent/guardian of SCHS orchestra student(s), you are automatically a member of SCHS OBC. There are no membership fees and all of our orchestra concerts are free and open to the public. With this in mind, please consider becoming an Orchestra Patron and/or help us get the word out to individuals and businesses (e.g., any of your regular service providers) that might be interested in supporting our orchestra program. All donors will be listed in the orchestra concert programs and on the orchestra website unless they wish to remain anonymous. A business can make a contribution and advertise at the same time. The SCHS OBC is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the extent of the law; a tax receipt will be provided to donors. Please select Become an Orchestra Patron to see the patron categories. Donations may be mailed to the address on the form or sent in via orchestra students. We greatly appreciate your contribution and thank you for your support!
Acts as Orchestra liaison with the PTSO and any Arts Advisory group as may be formed. Oversees financial and operational activities of Committee to assure compliance with the Orchestra Bylaws. Conducts periodic meetings of the Orchestra Booster Committee. Approves expenditures and co-signs checks with Orchestra Treasurer. Prepares annual budget. Sends items for Orchestra website to Webmaster. Maintains current e-mail list of orchestra parents and sends out general communications as requested by Orchestra Director.
Takes minutes at Orchestra Committee meetings and forwards to President. Keeps official records of meetings and other Board actions, as well as original copies of Corporation paperwork. Sends Thank You notes and other correspondence as requested.
Establishes a bank account for the organization and keeps a record of orchestra finances. Provides financial reports at Committee meetings. Deposits monies received from Fundraisers. Processes requests for reimbursement of volunteer expenses and other approved expenses. Co-signs checks with Orchestra President. Assists President in preparing Annual Budget. Prepares annual taxes and registration paperwork and remits fees in a timely manner.
Please consider becoming an Orchestra Patron and/or help us get the word out to individuals and businesses (e.g., any of your regular service providers) that might be interested in supporting our orchestra program. All donors will be listed in the orchestra concert programs and on the orchestra website unless they wish to remain anonymous.
A business can make a contribution and advertise at the same time. The SCHS OBC is a 501(c)(3) organization
and all donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE to the extent of the law; a tax receipt will be provided to donors.
Donations may be mailed to the address on the form or sent in via orchestra students.
We greatly appreciate your contribution and thank you for your support!r clients in this section.
Your name will be listed as a Legato Patron on our website and in the current year orchestra concert programs.
Your name (or business card or 1/2 page ad) will be listed as a Maestro Patron on our website and in the current year orchestra concert programs. You may request a private chamber music performance at your home or business function.
Your name (or business card or 3/4 page ad) will be listed as a Stradivarius Patron on our website and in the current year orchestra concert programs. You may request a private chamber music performance at your home or business function.
Music Honor Society open to all SCHS Music Students.
What is Tri-M?
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an organization created to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of South County High School.
Membership in Tri-M is open to all students in Grades 9-12 who meet the requirements set forth in the Bylaws. In addition to meeting GPA minimums, students must be enrolled in a music performance class and have the recommendation of that teacher. They must also successfully complete an induction recital/performance.
Members of the Tri-M Honor Society are expected to attend meetings and perform service to the music programs. Those students who maintain good standing in the Society will receive cords and a diploma seal at graduation.
How do I apply?
Each year, there is an interest meeting for all new applicants in early October. You will receive application and membership information for the new school year at that time. Completed applications must be the week following the interest meeting. The induction ceremony for all new members or the new school year will take place in mid to late November.
Current Members should check the Chapter Google Classroom page for up to date information.