I have some exciting news about our High School Encore Strings 2018-19 season. The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) has selected us to be a featured ensemble at the 2019 Michigan Music Conference (MMC)! This is the highest honor an ensemble can receive in the state of Michigan. We were selected by a panel of expert musicians and educators through a blind audition process. I submitted our 2018 MSBOA festival performance recording based on a recommendation from the judging panel. 41 ensembles applied and eight were selected to perform at the conference. The conference is attended by more than 9,000 music educators at the K-12, collegiate, and professional levels.
Our performance will take place from 11:00-11:45 a.m. on January 25, 2019 in DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids. The concert will be a feature for our Encore Strings but will also highlight our orchestra program and school district. The performance will include; Mr. Rodney Page as a special guest; a short feature for some of our middle school string players; and a new work by a soon to be ELHS Alumnus, Joy Li. Please mark your calendars.
I would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to this year’s Encore Strings ensemble (2017-18) especially our graduation seniors. We would not have been selected without their musicianship and leadership. Of course they will be invited back to listen to our performance and join us during our reception.
The Encore Strings were fortunate to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in 2014 and it was an amazing experience. I am looking forward to our 2nd performance at MMC in 2019!
Our final concert of the year will take place this Thursday at 7:30pm. We will be featuring the Chamber, Encore, Symphonic, and Combined orchestras. It should be a wonderful evening to conclude the concert season and say goodbye to our seniors. After the concert will will have a short reception while students hand in their uniforms and pick up their award certificates. Please bring the following to share at the reception: (items can be dropped off to the cafeteria before the concert)
9th graders: Desserts or sweet snacks
10th graders: Salty snacks
11th graders: Pop or fruit
Also, here are the new procedures for turning in uniforms:
Seniors will return uniforms before the performance
Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will return after concert. Please make sure you bring a change of clothes.
Please return all uniform pieces on a hanger.
Tux jacket and pants must be on one hanger. Tie must also be returned. If you did not purchase your shirt, you may keep it to use next year.
Dresses must be returned on a hanger.
After performance student changes to street clothes
PUT UNIFORM ON HANGER NEATLY
FIND ALPHABETICAL STATION FOR YOUR NAME (TURN IN TIE)
PUT LABELS ON UNIFORM PIECES
HAVE VOLUNTEER SCAN UNIFORM IN AS RETURNED.
RETURN UNIFORM TO DESIGNATED RACKS
Thank you for another wonderful year with the orchestra program!
We wanted to give you an update on things that are happening through the end of school.
Chicago Trip Wrap-Up
Thank you to all the brave parents who served as chaperones on our trip to Chicago! The kids performed and behaved very well! It was one of our smoothest trips to date, and we have the chaperone team to thank for loading and unloading five buses numerous times, keeping track of other people's children, and being flexible. Thanks to Mr. Atkinson for giving up his weekend to join us as well. It was a great trip! If anyone has photos from the performance, please email Mr. Rosin a couple at email@example.com
MS Spring Concert (6th-8th)
The Middle School Spring concert will take place on May 23rd at 7:00pm at the High School. Students should arrive in uniform (white Tux shirt/black pants/ black shoes) by 6:15pm to tune and warm up. 7th and 8th grade student should report to the band room 109. 6th grade students should report to the orchestra room 107 and wear the same thing as the last concert, white shirt, black bottoms. 7th and 8th grade students should turn in their Tux shirts immediately following the concert.
HS Spring Concert
The High School Spring Awards concert will take place on May 31 at 7:30pm at the High School. This concert will include the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras as well as the Encore Strings. Students should report to the orchestra room by 7:00pm
Encore Strings Auditions
The Encore String auditions for the 2018-19 school year will take place next week May 14-18. Auditions are open to all 8th-12th grade students. Current Encore members do not need to re-audition. Audition time slots will be posted tomorrow. Interested students can find the audition material at the following link:
As always thank you for your continued support of the orchestra program.