Orchestra Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide high quality professional level instruction and performance opportunities for students who are excited and ready to learn music. Through a collaborative effort, our exceptional program will focus on the value of music and arts education, inspiring world citizenship, and transcending peace while fostering connections throughout communities.

Production/Performance Schedule:

  • Quarter 1 Concert: TBD- Virtual

  • Quarter 2 Concert: December 8, 2020 7pm- Live

  • Quarter 3 Concert: March 11, 2021 7pm- Live

  • Quarter 4 Concert: May 11, 2021 7pm- Live

Course Offerings:

  • 5th Grade Orchestra
  • 6th Grade Orchestra
  • JH/HS Beginner Orchestra
  • JH/HS Intermediate Orchestra
  • Advanced Orchestra
  • Eagles Philharmonic (2nd Semester)
  • MUP 181:  Chamber Music (Dual enrollment, CGCC)

Competitions and Awards

  • ALA District- Solo and Ensemble Competition 2020-21:
  • 1st place String Category
  • 1st place Ensemble Category

Honor Society

Our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs are proud to be a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society.  Our honor society students love opportunities to learn, lead and change the world through music!  If you know of a way we can serve the community, please email Ms. Jennifer Son, json@alaschools.org


Link:  https://nafme.org/five-ways-tri-m-benefits-your-students-school-and-community/

Meet Gilbert North 7-12's orchestra teachers

Jennifer Son

Cami Mathusek-Director


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Jennifer Son

Canadian and American cellist, Jennifer Son is an avid chamber musician and artist. She has performed in venues in various Canadian provinces, the U.S.A., Korea, and India.

As a teacher, she envisions traveling to share her passion in parts of the world where Western Classical music education is limited. Regularly invited as a resident guest artist to music festivals such as Con Brio in Bombay, India, she collaborates and teaches with artists from around the world. As the Young Artist in Residence, Jennifer performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra at the Steamboat Springs Music Festival. She was a section member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a substitute with the Phoenix Symphony. She represented British Columbia with her chamber ensemble and won various awards and prizes at the Canadian Nationals Music Competition.

Jennifer served as faculty and instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, and the ASU String Project. She was also featured as a soloist as a recent winner of the ASU concerto competition as well as the Fresno International competition. Passionate about giving back, Jennifer volunteers in her community, including United Sound, which provides musical experiences for students with special needs. Son is an alumna of the prestigious Vancouver Academy of Music where she began her cello studies at the age of six with Audrey Nodwell. Receiving her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with their top scholarship award, she completed her Master’s of Music degree in cello performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jennifer spent a year at the University of Nebraska studying with Gregory Beaver, where she was appointed as the Hixson-Lied graduate fellow, teaching assistant, as well as the chamber music outreach coordinator and administrator. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Landschoot where she also served as a teaching assistant. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tanya L. Carey and Dr. Melissa Kraut. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, including her dog, Forrest, and cat named Dodo.

Cami Mathusek-Director

As a fifth-generation music educator, Cami Jordan believes that she has been genetically encoded to have a passion for music education. From the time she was six years old, she has studied music with many prestigious teachers from all over the world. 

Over the last twenty years, she has built a very successful and innovative private music studio where she has taught hundreds of students on many instruments but specializes primarily in piano and voice. Many of her students have gone on to become private instructors, Drum Corp International members or have continued their music education in college. 

In her community, she has organized many great musical events. For several years, she conducted the Messiah with a full symphonic orchestra and a combined choir of almost 200. Mrs. Jordan has also had a part in running and organizing many local festivals and music camps in the valley including the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival and MCC summer band camp. Over the last 15 years, she has been a choir and orchestra director for 5 different congregations. 

As a student teacher, Mrs. Jordan chose to go to Lorena, Texas to study all aspects of band directing with an emphasis on pedagogy of the drumline. She graduated from the MCC/Ottawa University Secondary Music Education Program.

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