RHS Orchestra Beat

Feb. 12, 2019 Edition

Sit next to your student in rehearsal next week!

Chamber and Philharmonic parents are invited to sit next to their student in rehearsal! This is a "backstage pass" to hear the UIL music up close and also watch how awesome the kids are!

  • Chamber Tuesday Feb. 19 4:20-5:05
  • Philharmonic Wednesday Feb. 20 4:20-5:05


  • Spring Trip payment #5 due 3/7/19
  • Students who are in lessons are required to perform a solo at the Richardson Chamber Music Festival on April 27. Check with your private teacher about music!
  • 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).

Congratulations Irene Chao!

Irene, violist, earned a spot in the Texas All-State Philharmonic Orchestra by ranking 23 in the state!

Irene will travel to San Antonio February 13-15 to audition for her chair placement and perform with this esteemed group.

Sectionals for UIL

Chamber Rehearsal 2/19 Tuesday 4:20-5:05 (Parents welcome to attend!)

Philharmonic Rehearsal 2/20 Wednesday 4:20-5:05 (Parents welcome to attend!)

Concert Full sectionals are in full swing!

  • Monday 8am - 2nd violin
  • Tuesday 8am - 1st violin
  • Tuesday 4:20pm - viola
  • Thursday 4:20pm - cello/bass

Upcoming Events

2018-19 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!


14-15 Mrs. Long, Mrs. Goad, and Irene to TMEA


19 & 20 Student Appreciation Night (Chamber & Phil)

21 Pre-UIL @ RHS

25 Monday Chamber UIL Rehearsal 4:20-5:05

26 Tuesday Philharmonic UIL Rehearsal 4:20-5:05

27-28 UIL

Pre-UIL Schedule - February 21 @ RHS (Parents welcome!)

Concert BLOCKED 3rd-6th

11:00 Listen to Phil rehearse in Orchestra room

11:30 Eat Lunch (bring lunch)

12:00 Change Clothes

12:30 Warm-up

1:00 Perform

1:30 Clinic with Dr. Sustaita

2:30 Listen to Chamber perform

3:00 Change Clothes

3:15 Go to 7th Period

Philharmonic BLOCKED 6th-7th

2:25 Snacks (provided)

3:00 Change clothes

3:30 Warm-Up in Orchestra Room

4:00 Perform

4:30 Clinic with Dr. Sustaita

5:30 Change out of uniforms/Tear down stage/GO HOME

Chamber BLOCKED 5th-7th

1:30 Change Clothes

2:00 Warm-Up in Orchestra Room

2:30 Perform

3:00 Clinic with Dr. Sustaita

4:00 Listen to Philharmonic

4:30 Change out of uniforms/Tear down Orchestra Room/GO HOME

Jacob Sustaita, Pre-UIL Judge & Clinician

Jacob Sustaita began his tenure as Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University in August 2015. As well, Jacob began his position as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony in the summer of 2015, where he also serves as Music Director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Jacob completed his doctorate degree at the University of Houston, where he served as assistant conductor and guest music director for the Moores Opera Center for three seasons. This past summer, Jacob served as assistant conductor for Charles Dutoit and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of America (NYO). Jacob conducted and assisted the orchestra during their Ney York residency and during their seven-city tour of China.

Jacob’s past positions include a three-year tenure with the Minnesota Philharmonic and a three-year tenure with the Southeast Texas Youth Symphony. As well Jacob was a semi-finalist at the Cadáques International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. He holds degrees from the University of Houston, Penn State, and Rice University. His honors include: Schissler Conducting Fellowship, Rice University Prize and Provost Fellowship, and American Prize semi-finalist and finalist. His teachers and mentors include Franz Krager, Brett Mitchell, Christopher Wilkins, Gerardo Edelstein, and Paavo Järvi.

Chaperones needed for UIL!

Contact Mrs. Long if you can ride the bus with us!

Concert UIL - Parents Welcome!

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 9:30am

Poteet High School, 3300 Poteet Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150

Blocked 0-4th

6:50am Arrive RHS/Snacks/Change Clothes

7:15am Rehearse

8:00 Load Bus/Leave RHS

8:45 arrive Poteet HS

8:55 Warm-up

9:30 Perform

10:00 Sight-Read

10:30 Load Bus

11:00 Lunch out

1:00 Return during 4th period/Change

1:25 Go to 5th Period

Philharmonic UIL - Parents Welcome!

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 10:30am

Poteet High School, 3300 Poteet Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150

Blocked 0-4

7:50am Arrive RHS/Snacks/Change Clothes

8:15am Rehearse

9:00 Load Bus/Leave RHS

9:45 arrive Poteet HS

9:55 Warm-up

10:30 Perform

11:00 Sight-Read

11:30 Load Bus

12:15 Return during 4th period/Change/Eat Pizza (bring $5)

1:25 Go to 5th Period

Chamber UIL - Parents Welcome!

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3:45pm

Poteet High School, 3300 Poteet Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150

Blocked 4th-7th

12:55 C Lunch/Eat Pizza (bring $5)/Change Clothes

1:35 Rehearse

2:25 Load Bus/Leave RHS

3:05 Arrive Poteet HS

3:15 Warm-up

3:50 Perform

4:20 Sight-Reading

4:50 Load Bus

5:45 Arrive RHS & Change Clothes/GO HOME

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:

February 15
March 15
April 19
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


Spring Trip College Tour and Performance - We have 40 kids signed up!!! WOO HOO!

April 11-14

Sam Houston State University and Galveston!

Thank you to the following parents for being our wonderful chaperones!

  • Mark Dishman
  • AJ Castaneda
  • Deetrice Thomas
  • Cherolyn McCammack

Spring Trip Payment Schedule

3/7/2019 Payment #5 Due ($100.00)

NO REFUNDS can be issued after this date for ANY reason.

3/8/2019 End of the 3rd quarter. Any student who fails a class for the 3rd quarter will be ineligible to attend the Spring Trip. No refunds can be issued at this late date.


4/9/2019 Spring Trip Information Meeting and Concert. All students attending the spring trip are required to attend this meeting along with at least one parent or guardian. You will receive a final trip itinerary in addition to very important logistical and rules info.

4/11/2019 Departure date

4/14/2019 Return date

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College Night - Music School Version

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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

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Community Concert Corner

  • SMU Symphony Concert @ SMU
  • DSO Student Tickets - https://www.mydso.com/buy/student-tickets
  • RSO Concert - Eisemann
  • UTA Symphony Orchestra
  • Feb. 2 @ 8pm - RSO A Night at the Movies
  • March 2 @ 8pm - RSO Young Artist Winner
  • April 6 @ 8pm - RSO
  • May 4 @ 8pm - RSO
  • Feb. 17 @ 6pm - Julliard String Quartet - Highland Park United Methodist Church (tickets at hpumc.org/towerarts
  • March 26 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Concert 1: To The New Day
  • April 30 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Inspired Visions
  • May 11 @ 7:30pm - Richland Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Chamber Orchestra



  • March 21 Honors Concert Critique #1 Due
  • April 25 Honors Concert Critique #2 Due
  • May 10 Honors Research paper Due
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