Dear High School Orchestra Parents and Students,
District orchestra festival is on March 1st and 2nd at Okemos High School. Each orchestra will play three prepared numbers and sight-read one numbers that they have never seen. Four expert judges will grade the orchestra’s performance in five categories; these grades are averaged for an overall numerical rating. Festival is the MEAP test for orchestra!!
Encore Strings will play Thursday, March 1, at 1:20 pm. Encore members should report to East Lansing High School Orchestra Room at 11:45 am in uniform. The bus will depart for Okemos at 12:00 pm. We should return to the school by 3:00 pm
The Chamber Orchestra will play Friday, March 2, at 11:55 am. The students will be released from class around 10:10 am to change. The buses will depart for Okemos at 10:30 am. Students will need to bring their uniforms to school that Friday morning. We should be returning to the HS around 12:00 pm.
The Symphonic Orchestra will play Friday, March 2, at 3:35 p.m. The students will be released from class around 1:30 p.m. to change. The buses will depart for Okemos at 2:00 pm. Students will need to bring their uniforms to school that Friday morning. We should be returning to the HS around 5:00 pm. Students may leave from Okemos with a parent, however I will need to know this in advance in writing.
*** I am need of parent drivers to take basses and cellos to the festival site this year. I will need 1-2 drivers for Encore (1 bass, 4 cellos), 2-3 drivers for Chamber (3 basses, 5 cellos), and 2-3 drivers for Symphonic (4 basses, 6 cellos). If can drive please email me ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org *****
All students should come in uniform, with all of their music and their instrument. Parents are highly encouraged to come to hear their student’s orchestra perform. It is always easier to give a great performance when there are friendly faces in the audience. All aspects of the festival are open to the public, however there is no videotaping allowed in the sight-reading room.
Participation in festival is an integral and required part of the orchestra curriculum. Thank you for having your student (in uniform) present for this very important event. You will be amazed at what you will hear from both orchestras.
Here is a list of events happenning in the orchestra program.
Middle School Orchestras
Chicago- The final Chicago payment will be due on March 2. All students will recieve a final payment installment sheet at the end of Feb. (The trip will take place on May 4-5)
Fundraisers- We are currently running two fundraisers, Enjoy the City booklets, and a Spring Catalog sale. Both order forms and money are due on Feb 22
Concerts- I am looking to add a middle school orchestra concert towrds the end of March. The date will be detrmined soon.
High School Orchestras
Pre- Festival Concert- There is a pre-festival concert schedule for Feb 23. This concert will feature all the bands and orchestras at the high school. The bands will start at 7:00pm and the orchestras will start around 7:45. Order is as follows:
MSBOA Orchestra Festival- This year the MSBOA district 8 band and orchestra festival will be held at Okemos High School on March 1st and 2nd. All aspects of the festival are open to the public. We would love to have as many parents there as possible to support the orchestras. The orchestra times are as follows:
Thursday March 1 (the concert band and symphonic band are also scheduled for Thursday this year)
1:20 pm - (Encore Strings)
Friday March 2
11:55 am (Concert Orchestra)
3:35 pm (Symphonic Orchestra)
State Solo and Ensemble- For those students who registered, the state solo and ensemble festival will be held at Okemos High School on March 24. Individual times are TBD