High School Grades 9 to 12

High School Instrumental Music Studies 

VCS Radio Symphony
This is the premiere performing ensemble at VCS. It's open to VCS RC students who have an Achievement Level Rating of VI or higher.
(See VCS Radio Symphony page)

VCS Radio Jazz
This is a smaller ensemble consisting of students from the VCS Radio Symphony who have achieved level VII or higher. VCS Radio Jazz focuses on a more eclectic musical genre. (See VCS Radio Jazz page)

All VCS High School Radio Conservatory (RC) students perform at The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre for our annual Fall Concert, Blues Festival / Jazz Concert and Spring Concert. Students rated Level VI or higher, perform in a wide range of additional projects depending on their course of study (See Upcoming Performances).

Achievement Level Ratings
All Students have a skill rating (See Achievement Level Award) based on their advancement through a list of method study books. Every method book checked off advances the student's rating. Medals are awarded to the student signifying his/her achievement. Higher ratings also advance the student's opportunities. there are a total of nine levels. 

Master Classes
These are seminars in specialized areas such as instrument care and maintenance, advanced tone production, and other performance enhancement subjects.
(Check Student Portal section for times)

Work-Ahead Sessions
Students may come in after school and on Saturdays for the popular Work Ahead Sessions (Check Student Portal section for times).These sessions allow a student to work ahead of class at his/her own pace - advancing to higher Achievement Level Ratings.
Work-ahead students advance very quickly.

Private Lessons
Individual weekly lessons are available from a specialist on the student's instrument (see Private Lessons).

Honors Instrumental Music Studies
This is a 5.0 weighted course of study open to VCHS RC Students in the 11th and 12th grades who have achieved Level VIII. This requires advanced projects and master classes in artistic collaboration, composition/orchestration, performance and film scoring over a wide range of musical genres.