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Instructor - Mrs. Catherine McConnell

The Ransom Middle School Orchestras offer instruction in violin, viola, cello, and string bass during classes that meet daily during the school day.

Orchestra I provides the student with basic training in the proper care of string instruments, fundamentals of musicianship, and instrumental performance.

Orchestra II/ Orchestra III continue the development of instrumental musicianship. Leadership, responsibility, cooperation, self-discipline, and concentration are stressed. Technical skills advance to III-V positions and vibrato.

Incoming 6th graders do not need any previous musical experience to join! Students do need to rent or purchase their own instrument, and the orchestra program provides basses and cellos for classroom use.

The Ransom Orchestra members have discovered that playing a string instrument is a fun, exciting, and challenging musical journey! In addition to school concerts throughout the year, amny advanced orchestra members also participate in the Escambia Coutny Youth Orchestra (ECYO), a county-wide orchestra that is sponsored by the school district.

Orchestra Checklists

Please click on the appropriate checklist shown below to view initial class instructions:


Orchestra I

Orchestra II

Orchestra III



District 3 Music Performance Assessment

On February 12, the Ransom Middle Advanced Orchestra and the Tate High Orchestra, along with twelve other string orchestras from the Tallahassee area, participated in the Florida Orchestra Association, District 3 Music Performance Assessment (MPA) in Tallahassee.  
As part of the MPA process, the orchestras performed concert music for three judges and then played a piece at sight for a fourth judge.  
Ransom Middle School and Tate High School, both under the direction of Cathy McConnell, participated for the first time this year and each earned a Superior rating for their performance. 
Congratulations to both of these orchestras for representing their schools and Escambia County so well. 
McConnell, Cathy
Orchestra Instructor

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