At MVHS we have Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras under the direction of Mr. Hannan. Intermediate and Advanced orchestras are instrumental ensembles, usually fairly large with string, brass, woodwind sections, and possibly a percussion section as well.These Orchestras have won superior ratings at the Saddleback College Festival every spring. Our string Orchestra performs in Disneyland at Music in the Parks every year. Six years ago, the Orchestra auditioned and performed in China. In June of 2007, the full symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall!

Our freshman Intermediate Orchestra musicians are enrolled in a year long class. Usually by the spring concert, they are proficient enough to join the Advanced Orchestra students in performance. There are four concert performances throughout the year in the Performing Arts Theater. During the second semester our two groups combine to participate in a Festival.

During the second semester, our Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz groups participate in Festivals which offer the opportunity of showcasing a high standard of performance through the use of the music lists and adjudication by trained and qualified experts in music education. The SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) believes that the comments and suggestions of these adjudicators will help the development of each soloist, ensemble, or performing organization.

The purpose of the Festivals, consistent with the four components in the California State Framework, is to help evaluate aesthetic perception (perceptual and conceptual development), creative expression (musical skills development), musical heritage (historical and cultural), and aesthetic valuing. Groups do not compete with each other; ratings are given. These include Superior (1), Excellent (2), Good (3), Fair (4), and Poor (5). A high standard is set by experienced music educators; however the rating received is not as important as the learning process that has preceded the performance. Therefore, directors may elect to enter their groups for criticism only.