Congratulations to our Solo & Ensemble students!

  • Superior Ratings: Janet Cervantes-Reyes 2 Superiors, Sara Snow 2 Superiors, Lynn Cao, Anela Cardona, Andrew Liles, Maire Sonana Arrendondo, Jimmy Flores, Sophia Lowery, Peyton Gramling, Kamryn Watikins, Cy Marie Covington, Atticus Claes, Cara Beth Chambers, Bailey Burke, and Jack Livingston
  • Excellent Ratings: Doriana Rivera and Angela Nguyen

Spring Concert on Tuesday, may 3rd at 6:30pm in the cafeteria was a big success!!

Click Here to see video from the concert.

All-County Orchestra on Friday, April 1st at Riverside High School was a big success!!

8th grade orchestra receives highest rating of Superior at CPA!!

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Concert Performance Assessment is this Thursday, March 10th at Southwood Academy of the Arts!!

Congratulations to our all-state orchestra student!!

This past weekend the All-State Orchestra auditions were held at Irmo High School. Students can only audition if they first made it into the All-Region Orchestra. The auditions determine which students are the best in the state and who will be in the 2022 All-State Orchestra. I'm proud to say that our bass player Atticus Claes was chosen to be in this orchestra. The concert will be held at in the afternoon at Spartanburg High School on Sunday, February 27th. Congratulations Atticus!

Winter Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30pm

In the cafetorium

(All Grades)

Congratulations to these students who were selected for All-County Orchestra!

Zoe Chiu - violin

Bailey Burke - violin

Cara Beth Chambers - cello

Jack Livingston - cello

Atticus Claes - double bass

These students worked very hard and represent Northwood Middle School well. The concert will be on Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 6pm at Riverside High School.

Congratulations to these students who were selected for Region Orchestra!

Zoe Chiu - 1st violin

Atticus Claes - double bass

These students worked very hard and represent Northwood Middle School well. The concert will be on Saturday, November 13th at 5pm at Wade Hampton High School.

Northwood Orchestra Sweatshirts are here!!

We created our very own orchestra sweatshirts this year! They should arrive just before Thanksgiving break.

6th Grade students renting instruments

Please look at renting your instruments at a local string store in our area. Here are a few that are close by and are very good:

Bernhardt House of Violins

Musical Innovations

Music and Arts

If you are planning on buying an instrument instead of renting one, please send me the link for the instrument if it is online so that I can check the quality of the instrument. Here is my email address

Here is the school rental instrument form for students that are in 7th or 8th grade and are using a cello or bass. The one timefee is not $50, it is $40. Checks should be made to Northwood Middle School.

Everyone that plays violin or viola still needs a shoulder rest for the size instrument that you have as well as the book "Essential Elements" book 1 by  Gillespie, Hayes, Allen.

Good shoulder rests brands are: Everest, Kun, and FOM and there are others. The book and the shoulder rest can be bought at any music store or online like, etc.

7th Grade supplies needed

Instrument and bow

Essential Elements for Strings by book 2

8th Grade supplies needed

Instrument and bow

Essential Technique for Strings by book 3

Essentials for Strings by Gerald Anderson

Here is a link to your weekly lesson plans

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2020-2021 Orchestra calendar

Tuesday, August 17 - First Day of School

Monday, August 30 - Auditions for GCYO for Intermezzo and Sinfonia Orchestras

Saturday, September 18 - Cellobration - Furman University 

Saturday, September 25 - Double Bass Workshop - Riverside High School

Saturday, October 2 - Region Orchestra Auditions - League Academy

Friday, November 5th - Virtual All-County Auditions Due

Friday, November 12-13 - Region Orchestra Weekend - Wade Hampton High School

Tuesday, December 14 - Winter Concert - Northwood Middle School - Begins at 6:30pm (Required for all grades)

Saturday, January 8 - All-State Orchestra Auditions - Columbia, SC (Only available for students who participate in Region Orchestra)

Friday, January 21 - All-County Orchestra - Riverside High School (Rescheduled for April 1)

Saturday, January 29 - Violin & Viola Choir - Wade Hampton High School

Friday-Sunday, February 25-27 - All-State Orchestra Weekend - TBA (Only available for students who auditioned and were chosen)

TBA in March - Concert Performance Assessment for 7th and 8th grade orchestras

Friday, April 1 - All-County Orchestra - Riverside High School

Tuesday, May 3 - Spring Orchestra Concert - Northwood Middle School (Required for all grades)

Friday, May 6 - Solo & Ensemble

Tuesday, May 17 - Rising 6th Grade Instrument Meeting at Northwood MSin the Cafeteria

Friday, June 3 - Last day of school

Contact Information

Patrick Murch  email to:

Phone: 355-7045