Battlefield High School
Haymarket, VA

Nicole Cheng, President and Grace Kim, Vice President
Zach Saunders, Music Director


Welcome to the homepage of the Battlefield Orchestras. Our program enrolls over one-hundred seventy students in three different orchestras on violin, viola, cello, and bass. ​Year after year,  our ensembles earn top honors at district assessment and are grand prize winners in state and national competitions. Our students are participants in regional and all-state honors orchestras, local youth orchestras, college preparatory programs, among countless other musical activities, all while pursuing the rigorous academic curriculum at Battlefield High School. 

The Battlefield Philharmonia is the program's flagship ensemble, including nearly eighty student musicians. This group has been invited to perform in Orlando, Chicago, New York, at the Kennedy Center, and at the 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference. Originally referred to as "Chamber Orchestra", the Philharmonia celebrates fourteen years of on-stage superior ratings at district assessment, earning this honor each and every time since the program's inception in 2004.

Zach Saunders is the current director, who took over for Ms. Katherine Thiele, the program's founder, in 2013.
"Orchestra is Big at Battlefield - Go Bobcat Strings"