Los Gatos High School offers two orchestras, both comprised of students in grades 9-12 who play violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano. There are no prerequisites to join String Orchestra, other than participation in a middle school orchestra program or private lessons on a string instrument or piano. The Chamber Orchestra consists of advanced students who gain entry by a seating audition during the fall semester. Both ensembles meet during 2nd period throughout the school year.
The orchestras perform diverse styles of music such as classical, baroque, romantic, and 20th century, both as strings-only ensembles as well as symphonic orchestras with winds and percussion. The groups occasionally work with clinicians during the year who specialize in string instruments to help students gain deeper understanding of the skills necessary to perform at a high level. The ensembles perform at school concerts, adjudicated festivals, and town events. Members also have the opportunity to perform in CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festivals as well as the CODA All-State Orchestra.
Students in these ensembles may receive up to 3 years of Performing Arts credit (grades 9-12) and 1 year of Applied Arts credit (grade 12).