The Symphony Orchestra is the premiere string performing ensemble at Washington High School consisting primarily of 10-12th grade students and occasionally select wind, brass and percussion students. Symphony Orchestra meets daily during 1st period. The Symphony Orchestra was selected in 2008 to perform at Carnegie Hall in the National Honors Orchestra Festival and has received superior ratings the last 15 years at State Large Group contest. Over the past decade the group has traveled and performed in Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Virginia in the Unites States. The group has also traveled internationally performing in Ireland.
Students in the Symphony Orchestra frequently participate in All-State, Iowa Junior Honor’s Orchestra, NEISTA, the Metropolitan Festival, the Kennedy Honor Orchestra Festival, City Contest, and State Solo & Ensemble contest.