• Orchestra

    The Orchestra program is one of the newest fine arts programs in the district.  It was started by a music teacher, Mrs. Wendy Anuwe, at Bray Elementary and has grown to include the entire district. CHISD now offers Orchestra at Bray Elementary in grades 3-5, at both middle schools, and at CHHS. 

    A new student may begin orchestra at any time, but the usual time frame is in middle school or attending Bray Elementary.  

    Our repertoire includes many selections from the classical side as well as current music and Movie and Broadway selections.  CHISD offers a comprehensive program that includes TMEA Region Orchestra, UIL Solos and Ensemble contest, and UIL large ensemble contest in grades 7-12.  

    Orchestra is the study of many musical genres, including classical music, ballet, opera, broadway, movie themes and wealth of other music styles.  Students are exposed to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy within a month of beginning strings!

    Our program is relatively new, but we have already earned sweepstakes and we have consistently brought home Division awards in Sight Reading.

     CHISD offers an orchestra program at the following campuses - 

    • Bray Elementary 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
    • Bessie Coleman MS 6th- 8th Grade & Permenter MS 6th- 8th Grade
    • Ninth Grade Center 
    • Cedar Hill High School 



  • Mrs. Elizabeth Judd

    Orchestra Director

    Bray Elementary- 3rd Grade 
    The Ninth Grade Center
    Cedar Hill High School

    Mrs. Diane Dillard

    Orchestra Director

    Bray Elementary- 4th Grade
    Permenter Middle School
    972-291-5270 Ext. 4759

    Mr. Clifton Harris

    Orchestra Director

    Bray Elementary- 5th Grade
    Bessie Coleman Middle School