Goshen Community Schools offers sequential instruction in Band Instrumental music beginning at the sixth grade and continuing through high school. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade band classes are year-long classes meeting every day for 55 minutes.

Elementary students have the opportunity to sign up for beginning sixth grade band in the spring of the fifth grade year. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the optional summer beginning band classes to learn about their instruments. These classes are offered during the first two weeks of June. Students who are unable to attend summer band will be given the same course of study in Beginning Band techniques when school begins in August.

The GMS bands present a minimum of 2-3 concerts per year including the Winter Concert, the ISSMA Concert Band Festival and the Pops Concert in the spring. The seventh and eighth grade intermediate and advanced bands perform many different levels and styles of music.


A sequential choir program is offered to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Separate choirs at each grade level are year-long courses. GMS choir classes meet daily for 55 minutes and learn a wide variety of music. Students have the opportunity to experience singing in several languages. They also learn music theory, improvement of singing techniques, and other skills.

Annual Performances

Seventh and eighth grade choirs perform a minimum of three concerts each year. Opportunities for participation in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest are available in January/February each year. Students may also audition for participation in Circle the State with Song (March) and State Honors Choir (January).

Sixth grade choir members perform a minimum of two concerts each year. They also have the opportunity to perform in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest (January /February).

The GMS musical will be in the spring of 2016. Everyone (not only choir members) has the opportunity to participate in this fun and educational event.


Strings instruction in the Goshen Community Schools is a sequential program spanning elementary through high school. Beginning instruction starts in the fifth grade on violin, viola, cello and bass. Students completing the fifth grade beginning level or at least one year of instruction on their instrument then have the opportunity to continue at the middle school in sixth, seventh and eighth grade for intermediate to advanced technique instruction. GMS orchestra classes meet daily for 55-minute classes and are year-long courses.

Annual Performances

All orchestras perform in the winter, spring, and ISSMA Organizational concerts. Opportunities for participation in Chamber music studies and ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest are also available in January/February each year. Performances for seventh and eighth grade orchestras also include a fall Coffee Concert combined with the high school orchestras and a competition performance in the Music in the Parks Competition in the spring each year.

Elementary Orchestra

During the school year, 5th grade string students meet once weekly at their elementary schools for 45 minutes of instruction. These classes provide instruction for technique development with individual attention and training.
Once a week, on Wednesdays after school, all 5th graders meet at Goshen Middle School and combine to form the All-City Elementary Orchestra. Playing together helps students learn teamwork and cooperative skills, and enjoy the experience of performing as part of a larger orchestra. Bus transportation is provided by the school.
Opportunities are available for students who have studied previously to perform in Honors Ensembles at concerts and contests or other venues.

Summer orchestra opportunities are offered for beginning fifth grade students as well as performance and enrichment classes for grades 6-8 including a fiddle club.

For more information, please contact:
Sean Patrick – GMS Orchestra Instructor