RHS Orchestra Beat

9/27/19 Edition


  • Happy Homecoming!
  • Thank you for supporting RHS Orchestras at Chipotle! Together we made roughly $600 to help our private lesson scholarship fund!
  • Orchestra fees (see below for details) are due.
  • All forms are due.
  • Phil and Concert Sectionals start in October!!
  • Breezin' Thru Theory is due each Friday.
  • 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).

Upcoming Events

2019-20 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!


27 Concerto Competition Selections Due

30 Region Sectionals 4:20-5:05


12 All-Region Orchestra Auditions

14, 21, 28 Chamber UIL Sectionals

15 RHS Orchestra Picture Day

15, 22, 29 Concert Viola Sectionals 4:20-5:05

16, 22*, 30 Phil UIL Sectionals

16, 23, 30 Concert Violin 1 Sectionals 8:00-8:50am

17, 24, 31 Concert Violin 2 Sectionals 8:00-8:50am

17, 24, 31 Concert Cello/Bass Sectionals 4:20-5:05

17 Concerto Competition Commitment Due

17 Honors Concert Critique #1 Due

21 WWJH Fall Concert 6:00-8:00pm

21, 28 RHS Cello Choir Rehearsal (required for all cellos in all classes, performance Dec. 4)

22 Snap Fundraiser

25 Spring trip Payment #2 Due

26 All-State Taping

Nail Check Tuesdays are in full swing!

Make sure your nails are always trimmed short to ensure proper playing position. This is an easy 100 (or an easy 0) in the gradebook! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AUTO REMINDERS!

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. (lessons 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

Volunteer Opportunities

The Richardson Independent School District has a strong commitment to keeping our schools safe. All Richardson High School volunteers MUST fill out a criminal background check as part of the District participation in the Safe Schools Project.


Orchestra Picture day is Oct. 15 - you need your accessories!

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Learn how to hang your pants properly!

How To Properly Fold and Hang Your Dress Pants

Spring Trip Performance and College Tour!

April 23-26, 2020

Stephen F. Austin State University, Space Center Houston, and Galveston!

Today was the deadline! Thank you for signing up for Spring Trip! Specific details on this year's trip will be announced at the April parent meeting. Payment plans are available.

Get your fees in!! Students need their binders!

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

The Value of Private Lessons

We have to tell you how proud we are of our students! They have been working hard in class this year and are making steady progress on new skills and music. As a parent, however, we’re sure there have been times where you may have asked yourself if your child was progressing quickly enough. As the students move through their HS years, sometimes it’s not as easy to recognize the development of new skills.

During this time, it is easy for students, penguins, and parents to get discouraged because progress is not as obvious. This is a time when your child will need your encouragement more than ever. Recognize their efforts, praise them when they remember to practice without being reminded, and continue to ask them to play for you from time to time.

This might also be a time when you want to consider private lessons for your child. In a private lesson, a specialist who plays the same instrument as your child will work with them one-on-one to develop a program of study tailored specifically to your child’s unique strengths, weaknesses and goals. It’s a great way to provide your child with new opportunities in music and can jump start their interest. With lessons, they will feel more accomplished, be more confident, and progress more quickly.

Summer time is a perfect time to get started. It will keep them playing and progressing all summer long!

A small jump start now could set them up for long term success by helping them to rise above the crowd and see their inner talent.

We recommend a thirty-minute lesson once per week for students this age. If you are interested, we can help connect you with just the right person.

​Private lessons are provided during the school day for interested students as an enrichment program in orchestra. The RHS Area private teachers are contracted through RISD and must complete an application and criminal history check. These teachers can teach during your child's orchestra class or before or after school on your campus. Summer lessons can be arranged at Richardson HS or other locations offered by the individual private teacher. Private lesson fees are $20 per weekly 30-minute lesson and rates are determined by the RISD Fine Arts. While private study is not a requirement for participation in any orchestra, students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Private Lessons

$20 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com (515) 708-7667

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

Raphaelle Siemers raphaelle.siemers96@gmail.com (608) 738-9746


Chris Sykora c.sykora@me.com

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

Bella Markham zippydragon101@gmail.com 972-974-2928

Danny Jordan dannyjordan0407@gmail.com (346) 666-8817


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!

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Chamber Orchestra 2019-20

  • Monday sectionals are happening!!

  • Region Auditions Oct. 12 @ N. Garland HS

  • Be thinking about Quartet Promo Project (due Nov. 1) - Video, Slide, Program, Logo

  • Sept. 27 Concerto Competition Selections due (see below)

  • Practice Downland Suite cut

  • Region Mock Auditions Oct. 10-11 in class

  • Quartet Recital is November 13


  • Oct. 17 Concert Critique #1 Due
  • Nov. 21 Concert Critique #2 Due
  • Dec. 6 Research Paper Due

Community Concert Corner

Richardson Symphony

Oct. 26 7:30pm

Dec. 7 7:30pm

SMU Meadows Symphony

29 7:30pm

Nov. 1 & 3 7:30pm

Dec. 6 & 8 7:30pm

Jesper Koch Chamber Music Recital @ SMU

Dec. 7 7:30pm

Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Richland String Orchestra

Nov. 6 7:30pm

Nov. 27 7:30pm

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