Feb 9, 2015
Dear High School Orchestra Parents and Students,
The district orchestra festival will take place on Thursday, February 26th at Okemos High School and on Friday, February 27th at Grand Ledge High School . Each orchestra will play three prepared selections and sight-read one piece that they have never seen. Four expert judges will grade the orchestra’s performance in five categories and these grades are averaged for an overall numerical rating. Festival is basically the MEAP test for orchestra.
The Symphonic Orchestra will play on Thursday, February 26th at 9:30am at Okemos High School. The students should report to the orchestra room in uniform that morning by 1st hour.. We will depart by bus at 8:00am for Okemos. The students should return to ELHS before lunch. They will be excused from 1st-4th hour. We are in need of some parent drivers to help transport basses and cellos to the festival that morning. If you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Chamber Orchestra will play on Friday, February 27th at 5:30pm at Grand Ledge High School. Chamber members should report to the East Lansing High School Orchestra Room in uniform by 3:45pm. Students may leave with their parents/ guardian after the performance, but I must have a written note prior to the festival. We are in need of some parent drivers to help transport basses and cellos to the festival that afternoon. If you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ** Chamber orchestra will not return to ELHS until after Encore has finished their festival performance. They should expect to return around 9:30pm. Chamber Orchestra members who are staying should bring $5 dollars for dinner at Grand Ledge or bring something from home.
The Encore Strings will play on Friday, February 27th at 8:05 pm at Grand Ledge High School. The students should report to ELHS by 6:45pm in uniform. The buses should return to ELHS around 9:30pm.
Parents are highly encouraged to come 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 all three orchestras.
A Pre-festival concert will be held Thursday, February 19th beginning at 6:30pm. There are a total of five groups performing on this concert. It will begin with the Symphonic Band, followed by the Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Encore Strings, and Concert Band. Please feel free to only attend your student's portion of the concert. Students may leave when they are done performing.
East Lansing Public School