Hello Orchestra families!
Quarter 1 went by so fast, and now it’s time to prepare for winter and holiday performances!
Here are some important dates in Nov.-Dec.:
All grades: Concert Thursday, Dec. 7th at Athey Creek MS, 7:00pm.
Wear formal black & white!
Saturday, Nov. 11th: selected 8th graders perform at McLean House at 5:15
Monday, Nov. 13th: All-State registrations & Honor Orchestra nomination forms due
Friday, Nov. 17th: permission slip & money due
Monday, Dec. 4th: Field trip to senior homes & laser tag
Friday, Dec. 8th: permission slip due
Monday, Dec. 11th: Field trip to senior home & Starbucks
Friday, Nov.17th: Registration Deadline for SoCal
Wednesday, Dec. 6th: Chipotle Fundraiser Night 4-8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 13th: Zoolights at 7:15pm
Friday, Dec.15th: Holiday Breakfast performance for school, 9:30-11:30am
This contains all the information you need to know about this class including supplies, calendar of events, concert etiquette and attire, and more. Please take time to review it with your student, sign the last page and return for 10 pts. homework. A hard copy is also sent home during Quarter 1 and also available here: orchestra handbook.docx
ID TAG: It is very important for every student to have an ID tag on their case! I will have these for sale next week for $2. You can also find them in the luggage section of any department store, or in a music store.
Orchestra is a year-long class offered to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Orchestra is open to all students regardless of their playing level. Instruments offered: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
Students may bring their own instrument, rent, or borrow from the school. We have some violins and violas, and a limited number of cellos. Cello and bass players are encouraged to rent an instrument for home, and they will play a school instrument at school.
Violin and viola players must provide their own shoulder rest. Cello and bass players will need an endpin stopper (strap or rock stop).
All students will also need a 1″ black 3-ring binder, notebook paper and pencils. 6th graders will need the method book Essential Elements book 1 for their instrument.
Other accessories, not mandatory but a good idea to have on hand: rosin, soft cloth, extra strings, music stand for home, metronome or metronome app, tuner or tuner app.
Below are links to the letter (sent home the first week of school), supply list, local music stores and private string teachers.
Local Music Stores
WLHS Orch STRINGS TEACHERs