TWHS Orchestra News Letter

October 2021

October and November Update

Congratulations on making it through the first 1/4 of the school year. We are off to a great start, but are now entering our busiest time of the school year. We will give more events/performances between now and the end of the semester, than most school ensembles have in a year.

Between us and the end of the semester we have:

  • Region Orchestra Auditions on Oct 18th
  • HS Night at the Opera Trip Oct 26th
  • Halloween Concert Dress Rehearsal for Chamber and Concert on Oct 27 3-5 PM
  • Halloween Concert Dress Rehearsal for Camerata, Symphony, and Chamber on Oct 29th 3-5 PM
  • Halloween Concert on Oct 29th at 7 PM
  • All State Auditions on Oct 30th at College Park HS
  • CISD 9th-10th Grade Honor Orchestra at Grand Oak HS on Nov 1-2
  • Region Orchestra Rechair Audition on Nov 15th
  • Region Orchestra Clinic and Concert at Klein Forest on Nov 19-20th
  • Holly Jolly Jingle at the Pavilion on Dec 2nd (Chamber, Concert, and Mariachi Ensembles)
  • Holiday Mosaic Concert Tech/Decoration Dec 3rd from 3-5 PM
  • Holiday Mosaic Concert Dress Rehearsal Dec 4th 10 AM- 5 PM (More info and specific timings to come latter)
  • Holiday Mosaic Concert Dec 4th at 7 PM
  • Choir Concert Dress Rehearsal Dec 6th 3:15-5 PM (Chamber only)
  • Choir Concert Dec 7th 7 PM (Chamber only)
  • Trans Siberian Tribute Tech/ Decoration Dec 10th 3-8 PM
  • Trans Siberian Dress Rehearsal Dec 11th 10 AM- 2 PM
  • Trans Siberian Tribute Concert Dec 11th 7 PM

This is A LOT to keep up with, so please make sure to read this whole news letter, keep the link to this news letter to reference latter, and make sure to check BAND.

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Here are the schedules for our October 29th Halloween Concert Rehearsals and Performance. Please make sure to look at the times for your orchestra. ALL STUDENTS MUST STAY AFTER THE CONCERT TO HELP CLEAN UP!

Students need to a costume based off music they are performing OR the Orchestra T-shirt, with DARK Jeans and black socks/shoes.

Parents please plan on arriving at TWHS between 6 and 6-45 for the Concert. We plan on having Chick-Fil-A On Campus selling dinner during that time.

OCT 27th

  • 3-5 PM Chamber and Concert Halloween Concert Dress Rehearsal

October 29th
  • 2:30-6 PM Officers Set up and Decorate Stage and Front Foyer
  • 2:45 PM Chamber Orchestra arrival in ORCHESTRA ROOM (Bring performance clothes and a snack, you will change latter)
  • 2:45 PM Symphony and Camerata arrival in LGI 2 (Bring performance clothes and a snack, you will change latter)
  • 3:00-5:00 PM Chamber, Symphony, Camerata Rehearsal on Stage
  • 5:00-6:15 PM Chamber, Symphony, Camerata Dinner Break and Change ( you can pre-order a chick-fil-a dinner to eat at this time (see below) or bring your own dinner. YOU ARE NOT TO LEAVE CAMPUS DURING THIS TIME
  • 6:15 Concert Orchestra Arrival in ORCHESTRA ROOM (WEAR YOUR PERFORMANCE CLOTHES)
  • 6:15- 6:45 PM Tune and Warm Up in Holding Rooms (Symphony and Camerata LGI 2, Concert and Chamber Orchestra Room)
  • 6:45 PM Act 1 performers take the stage, Act 2 performers take seats in the auditorium NO PHONES ON STAGE OR IN THE AUDITORIUM
  • 7-8:30PM Concert STARTS

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Halloween Concert Dinner Pre-order for student performers

We are offering a pre-ordered dinner from Chick-Fil-A for our student performers at this concert. This way, most students, do not need to spend their dinner break waiting in the line for Chick-Fil-A. Students in Chamber, Symphony, and Camerata who have rehearsal after school before the concert, should seriously consider this opportunity, as they are not allowed off campus between the rehearsal and the concert.

Orders needs to be placed by 6pm on Monday 10/25 so we can place the catering order and arrange for pick up. Students will pick up from Booster club table at 5 pm.

To pre-order: Box lunch with a choice of sandwich or nuggets (regular or grilled) includes chips, cookie and bottled water for $10

1. Click this link

2. Select Sandwich, Nuggets or Grilled Nuggets

3. Enter Note with Student Name

4. Complete payment

5. Send receipt with student if possible, we will have a list of orders but this will help!

If you have problems or questions feel free to reach out to


As usual for our Concerts, we will also have Chick-Fil-A selling food for our audience members, families, and students in the Front Foyer as well.

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Concert Live-Streams

We hope that everyone can attend our concerts live and in-person, but for those that cannot, we live streaming all of our concerts this year. Anyone wanting to view the live stream for any of our concerts can register using this link:

This is also a great option for family, friends, or alumni of TWHS Orchestra who live out of town. Live Streams start 10 minutes before each concert.

If you miss any concert, a recording of the live stream is eventually posted to our website

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All students and parents should have an email and cell phone number registered in CHARMS. Some students and families have still not entered this information, Please take a few minutes to log into to CHARMS, and make sure your information is up to date. While you are logged in, you can also pay your Activity Fee under the financial tab.

To Log into Charms, please click the button below. Then click log in.

Our School Code is: woodlandsorch, and the password is what you created. If you need a link to reset your password, please email Mr. Michaelson.

PLease email Mr. Michaelson with any issues you have accessing CHARMS.


Schoolcode: woodlandsorch Password: student genereated

Orchestra Fees

ORCHESTRA FEES ARE PAST DUE! If you still need to pay for this year, please do so ASAP, or contact Mr. Michaelson with any financial concerns.

The Orchestra Fee remains the same this year at $260. If you have multiple students in the program there is a discount. Please email Mr. Michaelson at with any concerns or financial issues. This fee can be paid online through CHARMS under the financial tab.
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Do you have a local business that needs to advertise, or do you know one that does? The Orchestra is looking for sponsorship. This is a great way to advertise your favorite business.

Please fill out the form below, or send this form to the manager of your favorite local business.

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This year we are using the band app to communicate. We have TWO "BANDS", one for parents, and one for students. Scan the QR Codes below with your phone, or use the following links to join our BAND.

Parent Band Link:

Student Band Link:


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Band App For Students

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2021-2022 Concert Schedule

FALL 2021

Friday Oct 29 Halloween Concert

Thursday Dec 2 Holly Jolly Jingle at CWM Pavilion (Concert & Chamber)

Saturday Dec 4 Holiday Mosaic Concert (All except Concert)

Saturday Dec 11 11th Annual Trans Siberian Tribute Concert (Concert & Chamber)


Thursday-Saturday Jan 20-22 School Musical

Thursday Jan 27 Solo and Ensemble Recital

Saturday Jan 29 Solo and Ensemble Competition

Saturday Mar 26 Spring Classics Concert

Tuesday-Thursday Mar 29-31 UIL Concert and Sight-reading Evaluation

Thursday-Sunday April 27- May 1 Orchestra Spring Trip - Nashville/Memphis

Tuesday May 10 Orchestra Banquet at The Woodlands Country Club

Saturday May 14 Down the Great whiteway: Music of Broadway and Senior Send Off

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Orchestra Excursions

We will be talking several trips this year to different events. Please see the information below
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6 FLAGS TRIP on November 6th

We are going to 6 Flags Fiesta Texas on Saturday Nov 6th. If you want to go with us, you need to register by WEDNESDAY October 20th. The cost is $75 and covers admission and transportation, meals are on your own. We will leave TWHS at 7:30 am, and and should be back to TWHS around 8 or 8:30 PM. USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER:
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High School Night at the Opera

Thank you to all who registered to attend the performance of Carmen on October 26th. Registration is now closed, but for those attending here is the schedule:

3:30-4:45 PM: Gather in the Orchestra Room and eat a catered dinner from Olive Garden.

4:45 PM- 5 PM: Load the bus

5 PM Depart TWSH

7 PM The Show Starts

9-9:30 PM Show ends and depart for TWHS
10-10:30 PM Arrive back at TWHS

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Memphis and Nashville Trip

We are so excited for our Spring Trip this April. For those that registered, please make sure to keep up with the payments, and all necessary paperwork.

Use this link to access the updated itinerary, pricing, and all other details:

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All the above supplies are available from Lisle Violin Shop, or Fishburn Violin Shop. Both shops will deliver the products to TWHS, if you call and place an order.


Lisle Violin will also be on campus on during our 1st concert on September 11th.

Call Lisle Violin: (346) 236-6650

Call Fishburn: (281) 290-4580

Parent Information Meeting

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting, please watch the video below.
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All students who use a school instrument (cellos, basses, harp, and piano players) need to pay the CISD Instrument Maintenance Fee. This fee is $75 for the year and is found on SchoolcashOnline.

Follow this link to pay:

This fee is due by September 15th, 2021.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons for all students are highly encouraged. Please see our list below of private teachers in the area. It is possible to arrange for private lessons at school during orchestra.
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New Mariachi Ensemble

We are excited to announce the formation of a new Mariachi ensemble here at TWHS. All interested students, regardless of cultural background or experience level, are invited to join. Rehearsals are on Friday afternoons.

Join the Mariachi Band below

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CISD 9th and 10th Grade Honor Orchestra

Congratulations to all our students who auditioned for this prestigious group, and another congratulations to those that made it. We are proud to announce that TWHS Orchestra had both the most number of students audition for and make this ensemble. Our tradition of excellence continues.

For those students that made the ensemble, they will have a clinic on Monday November 1st, and then a concert on Tuesday November 2nd, where they will work with other students from across the district and Mrs. Carolyn Vandiver, our favorite clinician. Both of these events will take place at Grand Oaks High School. Check the folder of music your received for more information and a detailed schedule.

Please see Mr. Michaelson or Mr. Madonia if you have any questions.

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Region Orchestra Auditions will be held at Doerre Intermediate School in Klein ISD on October 18th. All students auditioning for Region need to be in the Orchestra room by 3 PM that day. Students need to bring dinner for $5 for pizza. Our bus will leave at 4 PM, and we should be back at TWHS between 9:30 and 10:30 PM.

September 2nd Region Orchestra Audition Material Update

Here are the final audition cuts for those auditioning for Region Orchestra Audition on October 18th.


Rode/Galamian – Etude No. 6, Moderato Beginning to the downbeat of meas. 25. Quarter Note = 100 – 110

*Fiorillo/Galamian – Etude No. 22, Adagio Measure 22 through measure 38. Quarter Note = 58 - 70


*Mazas/Mogill – Etude 18, Andante grazioso Measure 29 to the downbeat of measure 43. Dotted Quarter Note = 39 - 46

Campagnoli/Peters, Etude No. 15 – Allegro Moderato Beginning to the downbeat of meas. 32. Quarter Note = 66 - 72


*Popper/Stuch – Etude No. 22, Andante grazioso Beginning to the down beat of meas. 23. Quarter Note = 90 – 104

Duport/Schirmer – Etude No. 9, Allegro moderato Measure 17 to the downbeat of Measure 41 Quarter Note = 76 - 90


Storch-Hrabe/Zimmerman – Etude No.22, Poco piu Allegro Beginning to measure the downbeat of 64. Quarter Note = 70 - 78

Storch-Hrabe/Zimmerman – Etude No.28, Andante Beginning to the downbeat of 25 Quarter Note = 60 - 72


Scarlatti/Alfred – Sonatas, Volume 1 K.421/L.252 Measure 107 – Downbeat of 132 Quarter Note = 86-96

Mendelssohn/Alfred – Song Without Words Op. 62, No. 5 Measure 35 to the end Eighth Note = 130 - 140

Solo and Ensemble Contest

UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition is in early February. It is time to start picking what you would like to perform.

All solos and ensembles MUST be from the Texas Prescribed Music List found at:

Mr. Madonia and I will help students pick ensembles, if they are interested in performing an ensemble. Students wanting to perform a solo should work with their private teacher to pick a an appropriate solo.

TWHS Hi-Voltage Electric Ensemble

Our Electric String Ensemble will be making its return this year. It will rehearse on Wednesdays afternoons from 3:30-5 PM starting on Wednesday September 15th. All TWHS Orchestra students are encouraged and invited to join.

TWHS Orchestra Directors