• The Orchestra program at Raa provides students with instruction on bowed string instruments- the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will learn to play the instrument from the very beginning in Orchestra 1, or continue developing their skills in Orchestra 2 and 3. Students participate in public performances, field trips, and concert assessments.

    InstrumentsStudents in Orchestra will need to have a quality string instrument. Raa has some instruments for student use, or students are encouraged to rent from Playground Music Center. 

    Program Highlights & AwardsRaa

    Orchestra consistently receives Superior Ratings at Music Performance Assessment and Solo and Ensemble. Our students are frequently accepted to participate in the All District Orchestra, and we are proud to send a student every year to Tampa to represent Raa on the state level. 

    Why should you join Orchestra?

    Orchestra is only offered at a handful of schools in Leon County, which means that Raa is one of the only places where students can learn these amazing instruments. Our Orchestra director, Dr. Sahely, takes care to provide each student with the best instruction that will help them excel. The Raa Orchestra sounds amazing and the class is a positive, friendly experience. 

    Student Testimonials

    You should join Raa Middle Schools wonderful magnet student and Orchestra program! It encourages new abilities, and incorporates an amazing music education. Join Dr.Sahely’s amazing Orchestra program!

    There are so many reasons as to why you should join Raa Middle Schools Orchestra and magnet program! Raa Orchestra offers a wonderful experience to play any orchestral instrument of choice, meet new people, and have new experiences. Step into a world of music with Dr.Sahely and join Orchestra!




Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Megan Sahely

Dr. Megan Sahely is the Director of Orchestras at Leon High School and Raa Middle School. She maintains an active freelance career as a performing violinist and studio teacher. She currently holds positions with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast as an orchestral violinist. She also presents regular chamber music and solo recitals in the Tallahassee area. She is a regular faculty member for the FSU Summer Music Camps String Orchestra Camp, and taught Instrumental Methods as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at FSU in 2018.

Dr. Sahely earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Performance degrees from the University of Kentucky, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned the Master’s of Music and Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Florida State University, where she served as Teaching Assistant to Dr. Benjamin Sung. Her graduate studies included the completion of a certificate in college teaching. She has previously taught orchestra and general music at the John F. Kennedy German-American School in Berlin, Germany, as well as in the Fayette County Public Schools of Lexington, KY.

Last Modified on February 2, 2023