Our Orchestra Program
Our orchestra program has steadily been growing the past couple of years. We currently offer two levels of orchestra: Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra. Our orchestra students have not only excelled in the Arizona Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Festival, continually receiving Superior ratings, but have also represented QCHS in the AMEA All-Regional Festival. Furthermore, students participate yearly in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association Orchestra Festivals and have the opportunity to participate in Orchestra Tours where we typically travel out of state to compete or participate in music festivals.
Mr. James Hutchins is a graduate of Arizona State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education with a string emphasis in the spring of 2012. While at ASU, he studied violin under Tessa Gotman, Anne Sorenson-Wong, and Dr. Jonathan Swartz. In orchestral studies, he performed in the ASU Symphony, ASU Sinfonietta, and in the operatic pit for Hansel and Gretel.
During his teacher training, he interned with Gail Rolland, Tamara Mason, Abagail Van Klombenburg and student taught with Doreen Pool and Ellen McCurdy. Mr. Hutchins worked with Dr. Margaret Schmidt in his studies and practice of string pedagogy through practicum classes and through teaching in the ASU String Project and Mt. Carmel School.
Prior to coming to Queen Creek, Mr. Hutchins taught for three years in the Washington Elementary School District where he taught band, orchestra, general music, and mariachi. He started the only mariachi in the district and more than tripled the sizes of the band and orchestra program. He has also taught private lessons for over seven years.
Mr. Hutchins has performed in many venues throughout the valley. When he is not at school, he is rehearsing and performing as a first violinist in the Chandler Symphony or as a violinist/vocalist in Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix. Mr. Hutchins is proud to teach and lead the students of Queen Creek High School and Newell Barney into great music making and personal musical growth. This is orchestra!
Mr. James Hutchins, Director