Feb 19, 2013
Dear Middle School Orchestra Parents and Students,
District orchestra festival is on Saturday, March 16th at Charlotte Center for the Performing Arts. Each orchestra will play three prepared numbers and sight-read one number 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 essentially the MEAP test for orchestra.
The 7th grade orchestra will play on Saturday, March 16 at 9:25am. The 8th grade orchestra will play on Saturday March 16th at 10:55 am. All of the 7th and 8th grade orchestras members should report to Macdonald Middle School by 7:45 am in uniform on Saturday, March 16th. The busses will depart for Charlotte at 7:50 am. All of the students will be returning to Macdonald between 12:30-1:00 pm.
Students should be on their best behavior while at the festival. There will be an opportunity to purchase some food in the cafeteria. Students should bring about $5.00.
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. Students may leave Charlotte with their parents, but I will need to know prior to the event in writing.
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.