CMS Orchestra News
CMSO events Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Winter Concert December 3
Beginners will sit with their parents after they perform, so parents be sure to save a seat for your student. Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, and Honors students will sit with their classes. The concert will last about an hour, but due to transitions between the multiple orchestras and the fact that we're shuttling children around it might take longer.
The concert is being professionally videorecorded, and once the videos are available purchase information will be sent out.
We will need about 16 parent volunteers to help us with lining up kids before the concert in the band room. Please sign up here to volunteer. Please meet us at 7PM in the band hall (look for the signs) to help us get kids lined up and into the auditorium after they are tuned. We will be done before the concert begins, so you will not miss any of the concert, but definitely have someone save you a seat in the auditorium.
Want extra credit? Come to the high school concert that starts at 6PM! Keep your instrument with you, and then once the concert is over come to the band hall to uncase.
Snap Raise Fundraiser Starts 12/4
We will be kicking off our Snap! Raise campaign next week with Brandon, our local rep. Snap is an online donation campaign that allows our program to receive donations from our networks and supporters. Snap uses the power of email, text, and social media with a safe, fun and interactive approach. All we ask is that each parent/guardian help their student gather 20 or more email addresses of their biggest fans. Please review the info below to see just how impactful this campaign can be for us.
*Your contacts are strictly private and protected, and never sold or shared.*
Snap Fact Overview:
- Safe and Protected – Snap! Raise is the safest online donation campaign available. All data is private and never redistributed.
- Online donation platform– Reach donors via email, social media, and text so they can visit our page and seamlessly donate.
- Email Strategy –All supporters will receive a receipt for their gift that may be tax deductible, included with a personalized thank you from the student. There are three reminder emails sent to donors, with an option to unsubscribe.
- Network – Snap’s platform and process is what makes their campaigns so successful. It allows an extensive reach across communities by providing options to connect with multiple donors and their social networks, maximizing our raising efforts.
The Story behind Snap Raise: https://snap-raise.com/about
Snap Raise Coach Testimonial: https://vimeo.com/219162374/da22630c21
We sent home a bright yellow paper today for the 20 email addresses. We will also put something on our CMSO Facebook page that you can share with your friends and family, and we can use all the help we can get. Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!!
Yearbook Photos and Individual Portraits Wednesday 12/5
Beginner Orchestra Tuners
In our opinion the best tuner device for kids is the Korg Pitchclip. Yes, there are slightly less expensive options and some are listed as "Amazon's Choice" however we have found that those tuners tend to have pieces that easily break. They work well, and are colorful and very effective but we have seen many kids break them! The Pitchclip is about $11, and will easily last for years. Click on this link to see it and buy on Amazon if you choose.
We also recommend that students who have a phone purchase and download the app Tonal Energy, which is not free however it is worth every penny. It usually costs around $4. There are free tuners available, but if you can spare the $4 it will be the last tuner and metronome you'll ever need. We use it on our iPad in the classroom daily, and it is very effective.
Ideally, every student should have a phone tuner and electronic tuner device. If you have to make a choice, please get the electronic device as phones are not allowed at our competitions we have later in the year. Questions? Email Ms. Brown or Mr. Powelson!
Extra Credit Opportunity: All-Region Orchestra Concert Saturday 12/8
If you choose to attend either of these concerts, grab a program and bring it to us with your name on it and you can get extra credit!
Beethoven Orchestra 5PM
Brahms Orchestra 6PM
Come and enjoy a fantastic concert!