SCCS Orchestra Newsletter

September 2022


Welcome to the SCCS orchestra program! What a joy to be able to praise God through our playing! My storyline is This Is My Story, This Is My Song. This year we will explore the gifts that God has given each one of us, and learn how our story fits into God's epic story.

I am so grateful to all the parents of orchestra students for your continued support of the orchestra program at SCCS. I am very aware that having your child participate in the orchestra program takes extra time and financial commitment, and I don't take that for granted. Research continues to show that learning to playing an instrument is beneficial for brain development and sensory issues (see video below). Most importantly though, your child is being a Creation Enjoyer as they develop their musical skills, and learn more about God's gift of music. You are truly giving your child a gift!

Orchestra Handbook

Concert dates, rehearsal schedules, a list of private teachers, and more, are all included in the 2022-23 Orchestra Handbook. Please make sure you have read through the information in the handbook and have transferred the concert dates to your home calendars.

Rotation schedule for students in both band and orchestra

Please post this rotation schedule somewhere where your son/daughter can easily check. Mondays they will go to band, Thursdays to orchestra, but Wednesdays switch back and forth, so checking the schedule is crucial so that they remember which instrument/music to bring on which days.

Important Reminders

  • All instruments must have name tags clearly attached.
  • Students must bring instruments to every rehearsal. The exception is bass students and cellists who play 1/2, 3/4 or full size cellos. Students who play 1/4 size cellos need to bring their instrument every rehearsal, since we do not have enough 1/4 cellos to have one for every student at school.
  • All students need to bring their music to every rehearsal (this includes cellists who use school instruments for rehearsals). If your son/daughter would like an extra copy of music so that they can keep one set at school and one set at home, please have them let me know and I can provide an extra set for them.
  • Since there are no pull-out lessons for orchestra, students must continue their private lessons throughout the year in order to continue to make progress on their instrument.

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 27 - NW Iowa Christian Schools Orchestra Festival for all 6th-8th grade orchestra students, 4:00 pm concert, Western HS

Monday, November 28 - Fall Instrumental and Choral Concert for all 4th-8th grade orchestra students, Dordt University

Thursday, December 1 - NW Iowa Honor Orchestra Auditions due for 6th-8th grade orchestra students

Enjoy this lovely video from one of my favorit performers!

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott - Zdes' khorosho, Op. 21, No. 7 (Official Video)

How Playing An Instrument Benefits the Brain