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.