RHS Orchestra Beat

April 18, 2019 Edition

Spring Trip

The BEST Spring Trip is in the books! The kids had an awesome time and learned so much from their performance at Sam Houston State University with Dr. Sustaita (pictured). Thank you to Mark Dishman, A.J. Castaneda, Deetrice Thomas for being amazing chaperones! And thank you to MR. VEGA for being so supportive and helpful during the trip! We enjoyed having everyone on the trip and look forward to next year!


  • Rehearsals with piano accompanists are happening during classes! - bring $50 and pay your accompanist directly!
  • We are hosting the Richardson Chamber Music Festival, so we will need many hands to help!
  • We are looking for a student office aid during 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th next year. Let us know if you are interested!
  • If you are a parent interested in serving on our Orchestra Board next year, please email Mrs. Long!
  • Pay your fees IN FULL and go to the banquet for FREE!!
  • Remember Orchestra is a skill-based cumulative program! Students should be practicing every day at home for 30+ minutes in order to keep up with the rigors of Orchestra. The 30+ minutes can be divided into 2 practice sessions (ex: morning/afternoon or before/after dinner).

Chaperones needed Wednesday 4/24 for our Outreach Tour!

Wear Polos & Bring money for lunch!

Concert Orchestra:

Appletree Court Assisted Living

(870 W. Arapaho Rd)

Village at Richardson Assisted Living

(1111 Rockingham Dr.)

String Orchestra:

Cottonwood Creek Health Care

(1111 W. Shore Dr)

El Dorado Retirement Community

(714 W. Arapaho Rd)


Concert Orchestra

8:30 Arrive at RHS and Set up

9:00 Rehearse

9:30 Load bus

10:00 Appletree Court

11:00 Village at Richardson

11:30 Lunch: Jimmy Johns or Chipotle

2:00 Arrive @ RHS and go to 5th period

String Orchestra

8:30 Arrive at RHS and Set up

9:00 Rehearse

9:30 Load bus

10:00 Cottonwood Creek

11:30 El Dorado

12:30 Lunch: Jimmy Johns or Chipotle

2:00 Arrive @ RHS and go to 5th period

Raffle Items Needed!

We are having a raffle on our May 14 Concert and need your donations!

If you or your business is interested in donating something for our May Concert raffle, contact Monica Scott at monica@logotology.com. Items may include restaurant gift cards, air pods, salon gift cards, sports or concert tickets. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!

Upcoming Events

2018-19 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!


1 Start rehearsing with accompanists

23 Quartet Coachings (Chamber) 4:20-5:20

24 Community Outreach Tour (Concert & String + select quartets)

27 Chamber Music Festival @ RHS


14 Final Spring Concert

15 RHS Orchestra Auditions begin

17 Banquet

22 Junior Night (college prep)

Big picture
Big picture

Garland Symphony needs volunteers!

The Garland Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to help with our 2018-19 Season. We need 6-8 volunteers at each of our performances. Our season is as follows:

May 10

For each concert, students will need to arrive at the Granville Performing Arts Center (300 N. Fifth St.) at 6:15 PM. We ask that they be dressed in “Sunday Best.” (No jeans allowed). Duties will include ushering, taking tickets, filling programs, and general help throughout the hall. Students are welcome to stay to watch the performance free-of-charge but must stay through the end of intermission. Volunteers are eligible to earn up to 3 hours of community service.

Please contact me if students are interested, and I can add them to our volunteer list. Thank you for your help!

Kind regards,

Marissa Mediati
General Manager

Garland Symphony Orchestra

P) 972-926-0611


Big picture

College Night - Music School Version

Big picture

Get your fees in!!

Statements have been emailed! Students are notified every day via our classroom slides! Charms is available for checking your balances 24/7!

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. Please refer to the RHS Handbook for a complete breakdown of fees.

9th Grade - $180.00

10th & 11th Grade - $155.00

12th Grade - 180.00


Add $100.00 if using a school-owned instrument

Private Lessons

$18 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com

Helen Lee helenhj083@gmail.com (810) 922-6323

Karin Harrell 1karinharrell@gmail.com (216) 798-6754

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


John Batchelder johnabatch@gmail.com 972-998-7675

Steven Juarez sjuarez88@gmail.com

Chris Sykora c.sykora@me.com

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


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


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!

Breezin Thru Theory

Has 2 parts:

  1. Lessons - Lessons will be assigned the Friday before so they can be ready for the drills on Monday. (not graded)

  2. Drills - Students are given 4 min. in class each day to complete the drills. (grades are taken from these drills once they click SUBMIT) They can do the drills as many times as they want to in order to earn the grade they desire.

All assignments for the week are due by each Friday @4:10p

Overview Video

Community Concert Corner

  • SMU Symphony Concert @ SMU
  • DSO Student Tickets - https://www.mydso.com/buy/student-tickets
  • RSO Concert - Eisemann
  • UTA Symphony Orchestra
  • May 4 @ 8pm - RSO
  • April 30 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Inspired Visions
  • May 11 @ 7:30pm - Richland Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Chamber Orchestra


  • April 25 Honors Concert Critique #2 Due
  • May 10 Honors Research paper Due
Big picture

Follow us on Twitter