Orchestra Times - Summer

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

News and Information

Summer Ice-Cream Social!

Stop by and say hi on Saturday July 31st between 430p-630pm at Andy's Ice Cream on 9310 Lebanon Road, Frisco TX 75035!
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2021-2022 Orchestra Calendar

Stay up to date on all scheduled Orchestra Concerts, Competitions, and Socials by adding our Titan Orchestra Calendar to your Google calendar!

Summer Instrument Care

As we get ready to return to Orchestra, it's encouraged for students and families to utilize the repair and maintenance in your rental packages and have your instrument cleaned and adjusted before school returns. String replacement and bow rehairing once a year is ideal in order to get the best possible sound from your instrument!

Reach out to your instrument vendor to set up an appointment and to see if you can drop it off. This can take time as most luthiers are also preparing for the next school year so don't wait!

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Orchestra Supply List

We will hit the ground running at our Back-to-School Bash held for each orchestra leading up to the first day. Students will need instruments on that day and the remainder of supplies by the first day of school.

Titan Orchestra Supply List Here

Back to School Bash!

Add the date below for your Orchestra to your calendar! Students will meet on campus with their orchestra to

  • rehearse together
  • assign lockers, uniforms, and instruments,
  • get to know their fellow orchestra colleagues
  • get to know the orchestra room and campus
  • ice cream party (personal cups and popsicles will be provided)

All students are expected to attend their own orchestra's date. Watch your e-mail in August for more information. Please e-mail Ms. Bell (belld@friscoisd.org) with any questions.

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Coming Up in Orchestra!

Welcome Ms. Ho!

Ms. Jocelyn Ho will be the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Centennial High School. Get to know her by clicking the button below!
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2021-2022 All State

All-Region and All-State are individual competition opportunities that all students are encouraged to prepare for. The process of preparing for an audition teaches goal setting, discipline, problem solving, and patience. Practicing and preparing challenging music makes students better players and helps develop a continuous growth mindset, whether they audition or not.

Students interested in auditioning for All-Region and/or All-State should start working on the material now with their teachers throughout the summer. Please take a moment to learn more about the All-Region and All-State process below

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Chamber Music International Youth Ambassadors Application and Information

Learn more about the CMI Youth Ambassador program by visiting their website here

Application deadline is Sunday August 22nd!

Why Music?

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How Your Brain Responds to Music!

Since 2006, two University of Central Florida professors — neuroscientist Kiminobu Sugaya and world-renowned violinist Ayako Yonetani — have been teaching one of the most popular courses in The Burnett Honors College. “Music and the Brain” explores how music impacts brain function and human behavior, including by reducing stress, pain and symptoms of depression as well as improving cognitive and motor skills, spatial-temporal learning and neurogenesis, which is the brain’s ability to produce neurons. Sugaya and Yonetani teach how people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s also respond positively to music. “Usually in the late stages, Alzheimer’s patients are unresponsive,” Sugaya says. “But once you put in the headphones that play [their favorite] music, their eyes light up. They start moving and sometimes singing. The effect lasts maybe 10 minutes or so even after you turn off the music.” This can be seen on an MRI, where “lots of different parts of the brain light up,” he says. We sat down with the professors, who are also husband and wife, and asked them to explain which parts of the brain are activated by music.

Read more here: https://www.ucf.edu/pegasus/your-brain-on-music/

Other Information

Booster Club Parents Needed for the 2021-2022 School Year!

  • The Centennial Orchestra Booster Club is an integral part of the orchestra’s growth. Parents will donate countless hours to figure out ways to raise money for the Centennial Orchestra. They will volunteer to help out at concerts, receptions, contests; the list goes on and on.

  • Students really enjoy all of the “extra” things that happen in orchestra. We go on trips, have parties, compete in contests, eat lots of food, and so much more! We look forward to maintaining traditions!

  • All of these “extra” things are not free. Students want to see the traditions thrive. They will carry on as long as we have parents to volunteer and help raise the necessary funds to do so.

  • A small number of parents cannot continue to do all of the work for an orchestra this size. The booster club, the Centennial Orchestra, and the directors need help from ALL parents.

  • The orchestra’s school accounts and budget only take care of a very small amount of the monetary needs of the Centennial Orchestra. Fundraising and parent help is essential.

  • Parent volunteers are needed in the following ways:

  • Serving at concert receptions

  • Helping to prepare/set up/serve at the Orchestra Banquet at the end of the year

  • Spring Trip Chaperone

  • Field Trip Chaperone

  • Orchestra Party Chaperone

  • Offering to pick up food or drinks for an orchestra function or party

  • Being a member of the booster club board

  • In order for this orchestra to run efficiently, ALL must contribute. The CHS Orchestra students deserve the best! Parents, you have wonderful children, and they should get to experience every opportunity that the CHS Orchestra has to offer.

Please contact Virginia Burgan (President) for more information on our wonderful Booster Club.

2021-2022 Orchestra Audition Placement

We are so inspired and excited by the incredible work our students demonstrated in their auditions this year. It's exciting to see so much incredible teaching happening at our middle schools Lawler and Wester, and continued growth for current high school students in spite of the challenges this year held for our teachers and students!

Our ensembles have increased in both talent and number of students this year and we are looking forward to getting to know all of our new students and families in the Fall!

Please see the audition results by clicking the link below!

Charms Office Assistant

Please make sure you have added charmsemailsender@charmsmusic.com to your address book. All program communications will be sent from there. Rising Sophomores - Seniors can go ahead and update your personal information by following the instructions in the Charms Guide

Stay Connected!


Parents may join Remind for regular updates by texting the code for your student's class to the number 81010

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Orchestra Technology Resources

Please access any of the resources below if you have questions about Technology in Orchestra