Menu
Sign Up
 
Subscribe to our newsletter, filled with FREE educational tools and information
 
Applications

Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

Exhibitor Contract Advertiser Contract

Ronald Reagan High School Chamber Orchestra

  • Reagan High School is situated in the north central area of San Antonio, and will celebrate it's 20th anniversary this year. The school has a rich fine arts tradition, with many national recognitions, in all disciplines, spanning it’s history. Reagan fine arts enjoys an incredible amount of community support, with 40% of the 3,500 enrolled students involved in a performing group. All of our music programs are supported by strong booster organizations, providing financial, organizational and volunteer support to the directors and students. The orchestra program is fed by two successful feeder middle schools, Barbara Bush, and Jose Lopez. The Reagan Orchestra has 8 performing ensembles. 5 string orchestras meet daily, over 6 class periods, and two full orchestras meet outside of the school day during the course of the year. The Philharmonic Orchestra, which begins rehearsing in January, prepares a program for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation. It is comprised of the members of the junior varsity band and orchestra. The Ronald Reagan Symphony Orchestra meets year-round, beginning in September, members of the Reagan Wind Ensemble audition for seats in the RRSO, and the ensemble meets once per week for 2 hours. This is made possible through the cooperative collaboration of our band faculty. The RRSO annually performs a Young People's Concert for approximately 1500 elementary and middle school students in our cluster. Our newest addition is a harp ensemble, which meets once per week, and performs at events around the district, and surrounding area. Each of our orchestras prepares five concert cycles annually. Ensembles are all ability based, determined by audition at the end of the prior year. The repertoire for each ensemble ranges from grade 2 literature, for the entry level ensemble, to grade 5 and 6 literature for the "honor" ensemble. Students are also offered weekly coaching if they choose to participate in Region and All State Orchestra auditions, or Solo and Ensemble. The Reagan Orchestra has enjoyed great success in competition, annually earning 40+ Region Orchestra seats for the last 6 years, and earning 6 seats in TMEA All State ensembles in 2019. Additionally, the ensemble annually takes 70+ events to solo and ensemble and 40% of those entries advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. The Reagan Orchestra was awarded a Finalist Honorable Mention in the 2017 American Prize competition, and our Fine Arts Department musical was named “Best Overall Production” by the Las Casas foundation in 2019. The Reagan Orchestra has a longstanding tradition of excellence in performance, competition, and service. under the direction of Sixto Elizondo IV.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STRING ORCHESTRAS
  • TBD - TBD
  • Ronald Reagan High School Chamber Orchestra
  • Sixto Elizondo IV
  • Sixto Elizondo IV is the Orchestra Director at Reagan H.S. in San Antonio, Texas, and is in his 19th year of teaching. Under his direction, the Reagan Orchestras has tripled in size and has consistently won Sweepstakes awards at UIL. The Reagan Orchestra performs six major concerts a year, including a young people’s concert that serves 1700 elementary and middle school students in the Reagan Cluster. Members of the orchestra also serve the greater Stone Oak community by performing at events, nursing homes and in Reagan cluster schools. Mr. Elizondo is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned his BME. While there, he was a member of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and also actively pursued vocal studies. Professional affiliations include TODA, TMEA, and TMAA. He is currently the president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association. He feels privileged to have been invited to judge UIL events and conduct region orchestra clinics around the state. Mr. Elizondo has been a member of the Corpus Christy Symphony for 19 years and performs frequently as a freelance violinist and vocalist in the San Antonio area. He and his wife Heather have been married for 18 years, and they have two children: Eos and Sixto V. He is an avid cook and enjoys preparing food for family and friends.
  • Nathan Sharplin