Crown Point High School Orchestra Director
James Deal received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and French horn performance from Ball State University in 1973 and his Master’s degree from Valparaiso University in 1977. He served as a band director at Crown Point in 1973 and initiated the string program in 1975. He continues to teach beginning and high school strings, and assist with the high school bands.
Mr. Deal has served on the IMEA Executive Board, as state chairman of the first Indiana String Teachers Association sponsored All-Region String Festivals, and as President of the Indiana Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He received the Ball State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2004 and the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2008.
About Crown Point Orchestra
Since its beginning in 1974, the Crown Point Orchestra program has enjoyed continued growth in quality and enrollment. The High School Symphony Orchestra has earned Superior ratings at ISSMA organizational contest for the past twenty-nine consecutive years. It has been an ISSMA State finalist many times, the most recent being in 2010. The CPHS Orchestra performed for the Indiana Music Educators Convention 1988 and 1994. The Orchestra has performed at Disney World six times and most recently in New York City. The Crown Point High School string program presently has an enrollment of 120 students in two classes.
Members of the CPHS Orchestra participate in several youth orchestras including the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Orchestra, the Chicago Merit School Orchestra, and the Indiana All-State Orchestra. Numerous CPHS Orchestra alumni continue their study of music and often earn music scholarships to colleges and universities. Many CPHS Orchestra alumni are now professional music teachers in Indiana and neighboring states.
Intermediate Orchestra – Students in this class continue to build on the technical and musical skills developed in elementary and middle school string classes. In addition to an emphasis on new techniques and musical knowledge, string ensemble literature of various styles are prepared and performed. Students are expected to participate in several performances and rehearsals outside the school day. This class is open to violin, viola, cello, and string bass students. Admission is by the middle school string director’s recommendation or a student audition.
Advanced Orchestra - Students in this class continue to study advanced technical and musical skills. Additional emphasis is placed on musical understanding of different styles of classical and contemporary music. In addition to preparing and performing advanced string ensemble literature, Advanced Orchestra students participate in full symphony orchestra rehearsals and performances. Students are expected to participate in weekly evening rehearsals and several performances outside of school. This course is open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students by audition only.
Symphony Orchestra –
Chamber Orchestra – The CPHS Chamber Orchestra, a group of twenty to twenty-five select string players, meets as an extra-curricular activity. Members are selected by audition and perform in a variety of settings. They not only perform classical chamber music but jazz and pop tunes but the CPHS Chamber Orchestra performs for community organizations, weddings, ISSMA Jazz Contests, Orchestra Concerts, and ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contests. The Chamber Orchestra consistently earns Superior ratings at ISSMA District and State contests.
Pit Orchestra -