September 4th, 2018

SJMS Orchestra Newsletter

Hello parents and students,

Welcome to a brand new school year! I am Mrs. Pennington and I am the orchestra teacher at Scott Johnson Middle School. I am VERY excited about the new year, and I hope everyone is enjoying our class so far!

Beginner orchestra information:


Instrument and bow in good working order

String Basics book 1


soft cloth (for cleaning)

shoulder rest (violin/viola students)

rock stop (cello bass students)

Instruments, books and supplies may be purchased at Dallas Strings in Allen.

Our first concert is on Friday, September 28th in the SJMS cafeteria beginning at 6:30pm. We are so excited to show you all the skills we are learning this quarter!

Philharmonic/Sinfonietta/Honors Orchestra

Method book:

Philharmonic - Essential Elements book 2

Sinfonietta - String Basics book 2

Honors - String Basics book 3

Fall Concert is Wednesday, October 10th at 7pm - SJMS Cafeteria

Student Information Forms

All students received a packet of forms for orchestra. Please fill these out and return to Mrs. Pennington by Friday, September 14th.

Orchestra Fees

All orchestra students will need to pay an annual fee of $60. After fees are paid, students will receive the following:

1 orchestra t-shirt
1 orchestra draw string bag
1 binder with pencil pouch and organizational materials

1 entry fee to MISD orchestra solo contest
1 entry fee to our Spring Orchestra Festival (entry fees are $30 per student)

If you do not wish to bring your instrument back and forth to school each day, you can pay a $40 school instrument usage fee. You can leave your personal instrument at home for practice and use one of our school instruments for class.

Financial Aid

All students need to have their own instrument, bow and method book for school and home practice. However, we do understand that some of our families cannot afford to rent or purchase instruments and supplies. If you would like to request a financial aid application, please email Mrs. Pennington.