RHS Orchestra Beat

March 8, 2019 Edition


  • Chamber/Phil/Concert did awesome at UIL! We are so proud of the kids! A HUGE thank you to the parents who chaperoned!
  • Check with your private teacher about Chamber Music Festival solos! Copies of the solo and PIANO PART are due to Mrs. Long and Ms. Goad by March 18. Students who are in lessons are required to perform a solo at the Richardson Chamber Music Festival on April 27.
  • 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).

Upcoming Events

2018-19 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!


18 Solo & Piano Parts due to the directors for Richardson Chamber Music Festival

20, 27 REQUIRED Spring Trip rehearsals 4:20-5:05

23 Beginner Drive #1 - Student Helpers needed


1 Start rehearsing with accompanists

1, 8, 23 Quartet Coachings (Chamber)

4 Beginner Drive #2 - Student Helpers needed

2, 10 Quartet Coachings (Phil)

2 Spring Trip Rehearsal 4:20-5:05

9 Spring Trip Rehearsal and Concert 4:20-5:30 Concert 6:00

11-14 Spring Trip

24 Community Outreach Tour

27 Chamber Music Festival


14 Final Spring Concert

17 Banquet

22 Junior Night

Spring Trip College Tour and Performance - We have 40 kids signed up!!! WOO HOO!

April 11-14

Sam Houston State University to see Dr. Sustaita again and Galveston!

Thank you to the following parents for being our wonderful chaperones!

  • Mark Dishman
  • AJ Castaneda
  • Deetrice Thomas
  • Cherolyn McCammack

Jacob Sustaita, Sam Houston State University Orchestra Director

Jacob Sustaita began his tenure as Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University in August 2015. As well, Jacob began his position as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony in the summer of 2015, where he also serves as Music Director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Jacob completed his doctorate degree at the University of Houston, where he served as assistant conductor and guest music director for the Moores Opera Center for three seasons. This past summer, Jacob served as assistant conductor for Charles Dutoit and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of America (NYO). Jacob conducted and assisted the orchestra during their Ney York residency and during their seven-city tour of China.

Jacob’s past positions include a three-year tenure with the Minnesota Philharmonic and a three-year tenure with the Southeast Texas Youth Symphony. As well Jacob was a semi-finalist at the Cadáques International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. He holds degrees from the University of Houston, Penn State, and Rice University. His honors include: Schissler Conducting Fellowship, Rice University Prize and Provost Fellowship, and American Prize semi-finalist and finalist. His teachers and mentors include Franz Krager, Brett Mitchell, Christopher Wilkins, Gerardo Edelstein, and Paavo Järvi.

Spring Trip Payment Schedule

ALL ORCHESTRA FEES MUST BE PAID IN ORDER TO TRAVEL. Spring Trip payments will be applied to fees first, then remaining money will go towards the trip.

3/8/2019 End of the 3rd quarter. Any student who fails a class for the 3rd quarter will be ineligible to attend the Spring Trip. No refunds can be issued at this late date.


4/9/2019 Spring Trip Information Meeting and Concert. All students attending the spring trip are required to attend this meeting along with at least one parent or guardian. You will receive a final trip itinerary in addition to very important logistical and rules info.

4/11/2019 Departure date

4/14/2019 Return date

Garland Symphony needs volunteers!

The Garland Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to help with our 2018-19 Season. We need 6-8 volunteers at each of our performances. Our season is as follows:

March 15
April 19
May 10

For each concert, students will need to arrive at the Granville Performing Arts Center (300 N. Fifth St.) at 6:15 PM. We ask that they be dressed in “Sunday Best.” (No jeans allowed). Duties will include ushering, taking tickets, filling programs, and general help throughout the hall. Students are welcome to stay to watch the performance free-of-charge but must stay through the end of intermission. Volunteers are eligible to earn up to 3 hours of community service.

Please contact me if students are interested, and I can add them to our volunteer list. Thank you for your help!

Kind regards,

Marissa Mediati
General Manager

Garland Symphony Orchestra

P) 972-926-0611


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College Night - Music School Version

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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 - $180.00

10th & 11th Grade - $155.00

12th Grade - 180.00


Add $100.00 if using a school-owned instrument

Private Lessons

$18 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com

Helen Lee helenhj083@gmail.com (810) 922-6323

Karin Harrell 1karinharrell@gmail.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

Sarah Walsh ‭violasaurusarah@yahoo.com (972) 365-3202‬


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

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

Drew Schindler aoschindler@mail.smu.edu 303-328-8313

Alayna Mitchakes layniemitchakes@gmail.com 214-500-0761


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

Lynette Sykora l.sykora@me.com 214-674-5322

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

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

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Community Concert Corner

  • SMU Symphony Concert @ SMU
  • DSO Student Tickets - https://www.mydso.com/buy/student-tickets
  • RSO Concert - Eisemann
  • UTA Symphony Orchestra
  • April 6 @ 8pm - RSO
  • May 4 @ 8pm - RSO
  • March 26 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Concert 1: To The New Day
  • April 30 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Inspired Visions
  • May 11 @ 7:30pm - Richland Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Chamber Orchestra


  • March 21 Honors Concert Critique #1 Due
  • April 25 Honors Concert Critique #2 Due
  • May 10 Honors Research paper Due
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