RHS Orchestra Beat

Parent Meeting Edition

Parent Meeting Tomorrow 6:30-8pm in RHS Band Hall

  • If you missed Uniform Fittings, you must try on your uniform between 4:30-6:00, before the Parent Meeting.
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Parent Meeting - 6 Stations

  • You may leave once you have completed the stations.

    1. Pay Fees

    2. Pick-Up Binders

    3. Turn-In Forms

    4. Sign-up for Private Lessons & Meet the Private Teachers

    5. Sign Instrument Usage (if using a school-owned instrument)

    6. Order Spirit Wear (cash, check, Charms)

      1. Decals, Stickers, Key Chains, T-shirts

Fees are due - Pay at the meeting!

The following are the fees due. We accept checks (written to Richardson Area Orchestra Club [RAOC], cash, or credit card payments through Charms. Each student in the RHS Orchestra is responsible for the program’s operation. The philosophy is that each high school student will share an equal part of the financial responsibility of funding orchestra program expenses not provided by the district. Some of these expenses include special music arrangements, contest entry fees, instruments, equipment and repair not provided by the RISD, clinician fees, food and drinks for orchestra activities, orchestra banquet expenses, rental of off-campus performance venues, scholarships, and orchestra club administrative costs such as website maintenance, postage and printing. Read about fees in the Handbook


9th Grade - $180.00

10th & 11th Grade - $155.00

12th Grade - 180.00

Add-ons

Add $100.00 if using a school-owned instrument


Breakdown of Fees:

  • Program Operation Fee $110
  • Chamber Music Festival Entry Fee $10
  • Uniform Cleaning & Alteration Fee $20
  • Custom Binder, Luggage Tag, Rosin & Soft Cloth $15
  • Orchestra Polo Shirt (ONLY 9th and 12th Grades) $25
  • School-Owned Instrument Fee, if applicable $100
  • Region Fee - Chamber Orchestra 2nd Period ONLY $10
  • Spring Trip Deposit –ALL FEES MUST BE PAID $150
  • OPTIONAL: Spirit Key Chain $6
  • OPTIONAL: Laptop/Water Bottle Sticker $5
  • OPTIONAL: Window Decal $8
  • OPTIONAL: Spirit Orchestra T-Shirt $15

Upcoming Events

2019-20 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!

Spring Trip Performance and College Tour!

April 23-26, 2020

Stephen F. Austin State University, Space Center Houston, and Galveston!


Trip Commitments are due Sept 27. Turn in with a $150 to reserve your spot! This year's trip is $525.00. Payment plans are available.

The Value of Private Lessons

We have to tell you how proud we are of our students! They have been working hard in class this year and are making steady progress on new skills and music. As a parent, however, we’re sure there have been times where you may have asked yourself if your child was progressing quickly enough. As the students move through their HS years, sometimes it’s not as easy to recognize the development of new skills.


During this time, it is easy for students and parents to get discouraged because progress is not as obvious. This is a time when your child will need your encouragement more than ever. Recognize their efforts, praise them when they remember to practice without being reminded, and continue to ask them to play for you from time to time.


This might also be a time when you want to consider private lessons for your child. In a private lesson, a specialist who plays the same instrument as your child will work with them one-on-one to develop a program of study tailored specifically to your child’s unique strengths, weaknesses and goals. It’s a great way to provide your child with new opportunities in music and can jump start their interest. With lessons, they will feel more accomplished, be more confident, and progress more quickly.


Summer time is a perfect time to get started. It will keep them playing and progressing all summer long!


A small jump start now could set them up for long term success by helping them to rise above the crowd and see their inner talent.


We recommend a thirty-minute lesson once per week for students this age. If you are interested, we can help connect you with just the right person.


​Private lessons are provided during the school day for interested students as an enrichment program in orchestra. The RHS Area private teachers are contracted through RISD and must complete an application and criminal history check. These teachers can teach during your child's orchestra class or before or after school on your campus. Summer lessons can be arranged at Richardson HS or other locations offered by the individual private teacher. Private lesson fees are $20 per weekly 30-minute lesson and rates are determined by the RISD Fine Arts. While private study is not a requirement for participation in any orchestra, students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Private Lessons

$20 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Violin

Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com (515) 708-7667

Sean Burrows sburrows@mail.smu.edu (972)​ ​762-1365

Raphaelle Siemers raphaelle.siemers96@gmail.com (608) 738-9746


Viola

Chris Sykora c.sykora@me.com

Sarah Walsh ‭violasaurusarah@yahoo.com (972) 365-3202‬

Bella Markham zippydragon101@gmail.com 972-974-2928

Danny Jordan dannyjordan0407@gmail.com (346) 666-8817


Cello

Jason Mooney jasonmooney89@gmail.com (631) 804-5131

Aniko Juhasz aniko52606@gmail.com 214-392-3838

Drew Schindler aoschindler@mail.smu.edu 303-328-8313

Alayna Mitchakes layniemitchakes@gmail.com 214-500-0761


Bass

Troy Tippawang tippawangbass@gmail.com (469) 826-6033

Lynette Sykora l.sykora@me.com 214-674-5322


Contact our teachers today to get started! It is never too late to start!

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