The PSHS Symphony Orchestra is directed by Brian Coatney, orchestra director, and Jason Lewis, band director.
Historically, the PSHS Orchestra has consistently won Sweepstakes Awards at University Interscholastic
League festivals, numerous Best in Festival awards at national music competitions, including 1994 and 2000 Grand
Prize Winner for the American Classics National Festivals. In 1993, the Plano senior High Chamber Orchestra was
chosen as the Honor Orchestra of Texas, and through international competition, was invited to perform at the
prestigious Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The spring of 1995 brought a performance
in the illustrious Carnegie Hall of New York City. The Chamber Orchestra was again chosen as the Honor String
Orchestra of Texas for 1995, 1998, and 2000. The Plano Senior High Symphony Orchestra performed for the Music
Educators National Conference in Phoenix in April of 1998, and in December 1998 the Symphony Strings were once
again invited to perform for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
The symphony orchestra has received state recognition by being named Texas Honor Full Orchestra in 2007, 2009,
2012, and 2015.
To Symphony Orchestra Members:
Congratulations on being selected to the PSHS Symphony Orchestra. We hope your experience in the full orchestra will be a rewarding and educational one.
We are looking forward to making music with you. We appreciate your commitment to be at every rehearsal and performance this year. If you are unable to
make these rehearsals and/or performances, let the staff know as soon as possible so you can be replaced before rehearsals begin.
It is important to begin each of these rehearsals on time due to our limited rehearsal time. Please write the dates below in your calendar.
There are an average of 3 big performances per year. They are the Pre-UIL Concert, UIL Concert & Sight-reading Festival, and the annual "Pops by the Pond" concert.
We have a great tradition of full orchestra at Plano Senior High and are glad to continue that tradition this semester.