Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #32

Happy Friday Orchestra Families!

It surely seems as though we played a lot of music this week - your students are ready and rearing to go for their Spring Concert. I cannot wait to share their hard work (and a few surprises) with you! 12 days and counting!


This month is filled with TONS of opportunities for your students to perform and see their peers perform!


  • Springman Chorus Concert - May 16
  • Springman Variety Show - May 20
  • Springman Orchestra Concert - May 24
  • Springman Band Concert - May 26
  • 8th grade NJHS Performance - June 2


I hope your students decide to go and support their friends and fellow musicians at any or all of these events!


Our rehearsal schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday (5/16) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

Tuesday (5/17) - Wildcat Symphony rehearsal, 7th grade lessons

Wednesday (5/18) - 6th grade morning rehearsal

Thursday (5/19) - 7th grade morning rehearsal, 6th grade lessons

Friday (5/20) - 8th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

YOU'RE INVITED!!!! Mark your Calendars!!!!

Spring Concert - May 24

I hope everyone got my invitation to the Spring Orchestra Concert! The students and I are very excited to perform for you and have many surprises in store for the audience!

June Rehearsal Calendar

Please make sure to see attachment - there are lots of exciting things happening in June!
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End of the Year Field Trip - FORMS DUE FRIDAY!

On Friday, May 27th we will be taking an ALL DAY FIELD TRIP to Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports to celebrate all of our Band, Orchestra, and Chorus students' hard work this year! Check out all they have to offer HERE!


Permission slips went out this week and are due back to me by FRIDAY (May 20th). Please remember the following stipulations are in effect to go on this field trip.


  • Students MUST have an A or B in their respective ensemble(s) to be eligible for the trip
  • Regular Team Teachers will be providing feedback on students' behavior throughout Trimester 3

IMEA 2016

In thinking ahead to next year, I just got the audition music for IMEA 2016.


IMEA Honor Orchestra is an AUDITIONED group. If your students want to audition, they need to prepare three full pieces to be performed in front of a judge. If they make the orchestra, they will have one full day of rehearsal which culminates in a final concert.


What is so cool about this group?

You get to meet other orchestra students from all of the other middle schools throughout the Chicagoland! You also get to be directed by a famous guest conductor.


How does the audition process work?

The orchestra auditions are held in hour and a half shifts. Thought that shift, the student will receive a 30 minute sectional followed by an hour large ensemble rehearsal with the guest conductor. At some point during that hour rehearsal your student will be pulled out to play their audition. It is extremely important that your student comes to the audition ready to go. The sectional and large ensemble rehearsal will not be enough practice time for a successful audition.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!