RHS Orchestra Beat

May 2018

Upcoming Events

Snap-Raise continues for 6 more days!

5/15 RHS Orchestra Concert

5/17 Auditions begin It's time to think about LEVELING UP!! Work on skill-building when you practice so you can MOVE UP orchestras next year!! Videos of the audition music can be found on Google Classroom!

5/18 End-of-Year Celebration Banquet

5/22 Junior Night 4:30-5:30

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).

We still need one more parent to join the RAOC Board for next year! Please email Mrs. Long if you are interested!

Do you have items for our May concert raffle? Gift cards, concert tickets, etc? Contact Mrs. Long!

Google Classroom

We are having the students post videos of playing assignments on Google Classroom. Check it out!
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Banquet alert! Seniors send baby and senior picture to chauber@gmail.com. All other orchestra related pictures can be sent to chauber@gmail.com for the slide show!

Banquet ticket sales end on Friday, May 4!!

Orchestra Summer Camps

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Breezin Thru Theory is due by 4:10 every Friday!


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

Overview Video

Email sara.long@risd.org if you want to get involved! We will have openings for the 2018-19 RAOC Board announced in April/May.

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 - $170.00

10th & 11th Grade - $145.00

12th Grade - 170.00


Add $100.00 if using a school-owned instrument

Add $15 for End-of-Year Banquet

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How Much: $18 per 30-minute lesson

Pay your teacher directly


Abi Potts arose92@gmail.com (903) 802-1546

Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com

Karin Harrell kwharrell1@hotmail.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

Erica Zappia elzappia@gmail.com (440) 465-0909


Jason Mooney jasonmooney89@gmail.com (631) 804-5131

Aniko Juhasz aniko52606@gmail.com 214-392-3838


Troy Tippawang tippawangbass@gmail.com (469) 826-6033

Ryan Wang qrbass@gmail.com 817-995-6636

Mason Poirier 214-870-6974

Contact our teachers today to get started! It is never too late to start!


$39.95 total for May-October. Pay on Orchestra Tutor website. 100% participation is required!

Students can practice more effectively and save time by accessing our videos anytime, anywhere, as a supplement between rehearsals and lessons. We offer help with general string technique and the parts to their orchestra pieces, region audition music, and even difficult etudes. Students can even watch our videos on tablets and phones!


Concert Critique #1 Due March 22

Concert Critique #2 Due April 26

Research Paper Due May 11

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