Welcome to the home of the award winning Morton Ranch High School Orchestra website, a Katy ISD Fine Arts program. As stated in the Katy ISD course catalog, "Students study and perform literature for orchestra of varying forms and styles to establish understanding and a finer appreciation of music. Orchestra requires extracurricular components, including after school and weekend activities."
The mission of the MRHSO Program is to teach students about diversity, culture and history through music, and how to make a positive impact on society through performance. In a technologically driven society, students need to express themselves creatively through their string instrument. By reinforcing confidence, dedication, teamwork, self-discipline, hard work and accountability - students learn how to become responsible citizens after their studies at MRHS.
There are five different Orchestras at MRHS: Sinfonia (Varsity), Camerata (Non-Varsity), Chamber Purple (Sub Non-Varsity A) and Chamber White (Sub Non-Varsity B). Both Chamber Purple and Chamber White students combine to form Chamber (Sub Non-Varsity) for UIL Contest. Sinfonia and Camerata combine to make the MRHS Symphony Orchestra for Varsity UIL Full Orchestra Contest. The Orchestras have consistently received superior ratings by the University Interscholastic League. MRHSO has won first place division in the small and large categories at the Texas Renaissance Early Music Festival. During the 2019-20 school year we were Houston Symphony Residency recipients and performed the National Anthem at an Astros game! We have an after school Mariachi Ensemble, Jazz Band Ensemble, and Music Therapy Club for students in Band, Choir and Orchestra who are interested.
The Officer Leadership Team helps create and enhance the student body community and overall student morale. They will be paired with freshman buddies to make their transition to MRHS as smooth as possible. Many alumni of the program have received scholarships to attend Colleges and Universities for participating and excelling in Orchestra. Every year Orchestra has several students in the Top 10 MRHS Senior Ranking.
Contact: Mr. Gabriel Katz Director of Orchestras Morton Ranch HS 281.237.2535