Lovejoy Orchestra Newsletter

February 16, 2017


The students did an AMAZING job while we are out at our annual Texas Music Educators Association Conference this past week. It is always an experience to remember because of how much we learned to become better directors, but also the inspiring performances. It is a tradition at TMEA that before each All State Performance they share the AVERAGE SAT scores. I religiously write this down every year because I love to share with parents about how much playing an instrument can affect scores on standardized tests. There is so much research about why this happens, and to put it in a nutshell, these students are crossing the midline of their brains 100% of the time when they are playing their instruments. This creates "neural highways" where neurons are constantly moving from the left and right side of the brain. This makes such a difference for brain development in these students as they get older.

Here is the stats on the All State students that I would like to share:

National Average on the SAT: 1090

Texas Average on the SAT: 1020

Average of ALL the ALL STATE MUSICIANS (band, choir, orchestra, and Jazz): 1273

Average of the ALL STATE STRING ORCHESTRA (Orchestra ONLY): 1492

Average of the ALL STATE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (Orchestra and Band): 1382

Average of the ALL STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Orchestra and Band): 1428

Our next performance is quickly approaching, see below for more details.

The Philharmonic Orchestra will perform next on February 27th at our Winter Concert. This concert will be much shorter than normal because all UIL groups will be performing in a separate performance on a different night. This concert starts at 6:30 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. Philharmonic Orchestra will need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. in the orchestra room wearing their formal uniform.

Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra's have 2 performances coming up. The first is our Pre-UIL Concert which will be here in the auditorium at LHS starting at 6:30 on Thursday, Febrary 16th. We will have judges here to help us better prepare for our contest. Their next performance will be on March 1-2 for UIL at the Allen HS PAC. The UIL times will not be available until about 1-2 weeks before. We will email out these times as soon as we get them!

If you have any questions please let us know!

Mr. Sloan

Mrs. Winkler

Lovejoy Orchestra Tour to Washington D.C. April 20-23, 2017

Next Trip Payment is due this THURSDAY- $250 (if you are making payments with check, please wait to turn this payment in until Monday, Feb. 13th)

Final Trip Payment is due on March 9th- $250.

Here are instructions on how to use the online payment system!

The online payment system for the Orchestra Spring Trip is finally available. I know that most everyone sent checks for the first payment, however you may still use the online system for future payments.

Below are the instructions on how to access it. It is a little clumsy since it is also attached to our Charms accounts.

Here is the Link:

When the link opens click on the Washington D.C. Orchestra Trip button.

In the next window (Charms parent/member/student area)

Enter lovejoyorch in the school code field.

In the next window enter your student's charms password. It should be their student ID ( unless you have changed it)

The next window ask for you to change your password, you do not have to change it. Click on the $ tap at the top of the window and it will take you to the Student Financial Statement window.

In the Student Financial Statement window you will click on the select trip drop down menu and select Washington DC. Click on make payment

In the next window you will enter the amount of the payment you wish to make and click on start payment.

The next window will show the amount of the payment and the trip for which it will be made. Click on go to checkout and follow the instructions to make payment.

Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this process.


If you have any pictures or videos of any orchestra events please email them to Clay Parker at He is already starting to put together our end of the year video for the banquet!

Palio's Pizza Orchestra Spirit Night

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 5pm

431 East Stacy Road

Fairview, TX

Come out and join us for another fun orchestra spirit night! We will be at Palio's Pizza starting at 5 p.m. Just mention Lovejoy Orchestra at checkout and we will receive a portion of the sale! Thank you so much for your support.

UIL Clinic!!

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 4:30-7:45pm

Lovejoy HIgh School Orchestra Room

Ms. Ellen Townley will be coming to LHS to clinic our 2 UIL performing ensembles. Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra students will be required to stay after school and be present for their clinic.

Symphonic Orchestra: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra: 6:15-7:45 p.m.

We will be providing food and water for all students. Please let us know if your student has a conflict with this time/date asap. We need all students in attendance for the best clinic possible.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are highly encouraged for every student in orchestra. Private lessons are a one on one lesson with a professional musician.

We have a few teachers who come to LHS and teach privately during class. The lessons are $20 per half class lesson.

Their availability is limited so if you are interested please contact them ASAP.

Here are the teachers and their info.

Trey Anderson - Bass


Larry Latanzi - Violin and Viola


Stephen Beall - Violin and Viola


Phillip Taggart - Cello


Also here is a Viola teacher who lives in Lovejoy who teaches out of his house or will come to your house.

Samuel Kuang -Viola


LOVE---Lovejoy Orchestra Vend & Exchange

This venue is for all participating Lovejoy Orchestra families that wish to buy, sell, trade, exchange or donate any orchestra items they no longer need. Items including but not limited to: pleated wing tip tuxedo shirts, instrument, case, bow, ect.

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