This year’s MSBOA Orchestra Festival will take place on Thursday, March 1st at East Lansing High School (Chamber) and Friday March 2nd at Charlotte High School (Encore, Symphonic).
**Please make sure that you have the appropriate attire for the event including bow ties (gentleman).
The Chamber Orchestra will perform on Thursday, March 1st at 1:30pm. Chamber Orchestra members should bring their uniform to school and report to the aux gym after 1st lunch. They will be excused from 4th-6th hour that day.
Encore Strings will perform on Friday, March 2nd at 6:40pm at Charlotte High School
Symphonic Orchestra will perform on Friday March 2nd at 8:35pm at Charlotte High School
Both the Encore Strings and Symphonic Orchestra (including woodwinds, brass, and percussion) will depart ELHS by bus at 5:00pm. We should arrive in Charlotte around 5:45-6:00pm.
Encore will go directly to their coat room and then to warm up. Symphonic Orchestra members may go to the cafeteria and purchase dinner or to the auditorium to listen to other ensembles. Symphonic Orchestra members should report to their coat room by 7:30pm to get prepared for festival. Students may leave with their parents when they are finished with festival. They may also return to ELHS by bus. I expect to be back sometime between 10-10:20pm.
Parents are highly encouraged to hear the 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 the orchestra.
*Please note that there is an extra rehearsal for the Symphonic Orchestra members this Saturday Feb 24th from 1-2:30 in the HS orchestra room. If you are in town, please plan on attending.