Orchestra Times - August 2022

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

Welcome back Titan Orchestra!

We hope the summer has been a good break and we are looking forward to getting the year started with our new and returning students!



Our newsletters are the primary way we share program-wide information so please take time to read through them and continue to refer to them when they are sent. You can always find the newsletters on our Orchestra website (www.centennialorch.com) and in Canvas.


Planning for Day 1

Bring a personal device and a pencil with you on the first day of school. We will begin with instruments on Monday, August 15th.

Orchestra Calendar

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

Titan Orchestra Supply List Here


Please have your instrument and supplies, 1" black binder with front pocket, dividers, and zipper bag, by Monday August 15th!

Instrument Supplies

Students can purchase supplies from the Titan Orchestra Store on the go if they need. If your student breaks a string on their instrument or needs to replace a digital tuner quickly. They can pay online through our online payment platform CheddarUp. This is the payment platform we use for all fees and payments except for Instrument Rental Fee.


Click the button above to access CheddarUp!

Routine 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!


Stay Connected


All students are required to be in their Orchestra's Remind. Parents are encouraged to keep up with regular reminders and updates for Orchestra.


Parents and Students: Click on the link below to join your orchestra's



All students should be registered for their own class Remind!

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Disney Interest Form - Final Call Due by Sunday August 14th

Our Spring Trip for the 2022-2023 school year will be Friday May 12th - Tuesday May 16th after AP and EOC testing. We will fly to Disney, Florida.


Trip planning and deposits will start soon. Trip cost per student will be $800 + student fundraising. Registration is first come first serve and will cap at 125 total students, chaperones, and directors.

Private Lesson Registration

Interested in Private Lessons?

Private lessons provide your student the opportunity to have individual attention to their instrument. This individual attention will allow your student to grow rapidly as a player and musician. The benefits of private lessons include supplemental one-on-one focused instruction to help students reach their full potential on their instrument; additional attention to students' individualized goals; and a competitive edge in orchestra placement, All-Region, and Solo & Ensemble each year. Private lessons improve a student's technique and allow them to learn increasingly complex music that top-level orchestras play. Students aspiring to join the Virtuosi or Chamber groups are expected to be in private lessons as the rigor of the music demands specialized attention.


Returning students must complete the registration form to reserve your position in our CHS Private Lesson Program.


Check out our incredible team of teachers here

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2022-2023 All-Region and All-State Materials

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 private lesson teachers. Please take a moment to learn more about the All-Region and All-State process below


All-Region Registration and Payment Information


The All-State music can be accessed through the link above. All-Region music will be released on August 9th.

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Titan Orchestra Breakfast Socials!

Every month we come together to share coffee, donuts, and more in the Orchestra room. All orchestra students are welcome to attend. Please enter through the orchestra room back door for all social events.

Booster Club Parent Volunteers Needed for the 2022-2023 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.

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Letterman Jacket Fitting for Qualified Students

Students who earned 40 points by the end of the 2021-2022 school year who have not yet received their letterman jacket have a required meeting before or after school on 8/24.


See the Centennial HS Orchestra here


Information packets will be provided for students who qualify before the fitting. Families may start planning and designing your jacket by https://mecasportswear.net/

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IT IS TIME FOR CENTENNIAL, WESTER, AND LAWLER ORCHESTRAS MEDIEVAL TIMES SOCIAL EVENT! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRAVELING DOWN TO THE DALLAS CASTLE FOR AN EVENING OF FOOD AND FUN!


WE ARE ALSO IN NEED OF PARENT CHAPERONES TO HELP SUPERVISE STUDENTS ON THE BUS AND IN THE AUDIENCE DURING THE SHOW. PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW AND COMPLETE THE FORM AND PAYMENT BY Tuesday August 30th.

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

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Teen Council

The DSO Teen Council is composed of musically passionate teens who plan and execute events and performances designed to build teen interest and audiences for classical music. In addition, they advise DSO artistic leadership on what is important to Dallas area teens, and act as ambassadors for both the DSO and classical music to their friends and peers. Contact Sarah Hatler at s.hatler@dalsym.com for more information! https://www.dallassymphony.org/community-education/dso-teens/dso-teen-council/

Orchestra Technology Resources

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

You can find past newsletters below!