Orchestra Times - August
The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra
Welcome back Titan Orchestra!
Students received binders with technique resources and should bring their binder and instrument on days they have orchestra, and take them home to practice in between. We will spend time this year working on balancing effective and efficient practice techniques into our daily schedule so our students can continue to improve and grow independently, even when they are not in class!
Our newsletters are the primary way we share program wide information so please take time to read through them when they are sent. You can always find the newsletters on our Orchestra website (www.centennialorch.com) and in Canvas.
Beginning of the Year Forms - due Friday 8/20
All forms and Orchestra fee are due by Friday August 20th
- Titan Orchestra Handbook Acknowledgement and Participation Contract (Links to an external site.)
- Travel Permission Form (Links to an external site.) (All trips including UIL and field trips - leave the trip slot empty)
- Instrument Rental Contract (Links to an external site.) (students using a school instrument)
- Private Lesson Registration (Links to an external site.)
Use the button below to pay your student's Orchestra Fee through our online payment platform CheddarUp.
Students renting instruments through the campus will be sent an e-mail to pay for their instrument rental through Online School Fees (OSF)
Click the button above to access CheddarUp!
RemindParents may join Remind for regular updates by texting the code for your student's class to the number 81010
- Concertante 2A - @centorche
- Camerata 4B - @centorchd
- Symphonic 3A - @centorchc
- Philharmonic 2B - @centorchb
- Virtuosi 3B - @centorcha
All students should be registered for their own class Remind
Private Lesson Registration
Interested in Private Lessons?
Private lessons provide your student the opportunity to have individual attention on their instrument. This individual attention will allow your student to grow rapidly as a player and musician. The benefits of private lessons include supplemental one-on-one focused instruction to help students reach their full potential on their instrument; additional attention to students' individualized goals; and a competitive edge in orchestra placement, All-Region, and Solo & Ensemble each year. Private lessons improve a student's technique and allow them to learn increasingly complex music that top-level orchestras play. Students aspiring to join the Virtuosi or Philharmonic groups should seriously consider taking private lessons as the rigor of the music demands specialized attention.
Students received a private lesson registration form in their packet of beginning of the year forms. Please turn that in to be added to the private lesson student roster.
2021-2022 All-Region and All-State Materials
All-Region and All-State are individual competition opportunities that all students are encouraged to prepare for. The process of preparing for an audition teaches goal setting, discipline, problem solving, and patience. Practicing and preparing challenging music makes students better players and helps develop a continuous growth mindset, whether they audition or not.
Students interested in auditioning for All-Region and/or All-State should start working on the material now with their private lesson teachers. Please take a moment to learn more about the All-Region and All-State process below
What is All-Region and All-State
All-Region auditions are Saturday October 2nd, 2021 at Independence HS
Register for All-Region Here (due Tuesday September 14th)
Pay for All-Region Here (due Tuesday September 14th)
All-Region Clinic and Concert is Friday November 11th-Saturday November 12th at Liberty High School
All-State auditions (pending All-Region advancement) are Saturday October 30th, 2021 at Frisco HS
Parent Meetings - Volunteer and Booster
We are currently in need of parents who can serve on the Booster Board as we have graduated parents from the previous year. Our Booster Board meets once a month and assists in fundraising, purchasing, and logistical support for the Orchestra program.
We are thrilled to have involved parents help support our Titan Orchestra students have the best experience possible!
Please e-mail Ms. Bell to share interest in serving the students of the Titan Orchestra Program
Booster Club Parent Volunteers Needed for the 2021-2022 School Year!
The Centennial Orchestra Booster Club is an integral part of the orchestra’s growth. Parents will donate countless hours to figure out ways to raise money for the Centennial Orchestra. They will volunteer to help out at concerts, receptions, contests; the list goes on and on.
Students really enjoy all of the “extra” things that happen in orchestra. We go on trips, have parties, compete in contests, eat lots of food, and so much more! We look forward to maintaining traditions!
All of these “extra” things are not free. Students want to see the traditions thrive. They will carry on as long as we have parents to volunteer and help raise the necessary funds to do so.
A small number of parents cannot continue to do all of the work for an orchestra this size. The booster club, the Centennial Orchestra, and the directors need help from ALL parents.
The orchestra’s school accounts and budget only take care of a very small amount of the monetary needs of the Centennial Orchestra. Fundraising and parent help is essential.
Parent volunteers are needed in the following ways:
Serving at concert receptions
Helping to prepare/set up/serve at the Orchestra Banquet at the end of the year
Spring Trip Chaperone
Field Trip Chaperone
Orchestra Party Chaperone
Offering to pick up food or drinks for an orchestra function or party
Being a member of the booster club board
In order for this orchestra to run efficiently, ALL must contribute. The CHS Orchestra students deserve the best! Parents, you have wonderful children, and they should get to experience every opportunity that the CHS Orchestra has to offer.
Letterman Jacket Fitting for Qualified Students
Information packets will be provided for students who qualify before the fitting. Families may check out more information from MECA Sportswear from their website at https://mecasportswear.net/
IT IS TIME FOR CENTENNIAL, WESTER, AND LAWLER ORCHESTRAS MEDIEVAL TIMES SOCIAL EVENT! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRAVELING DOWN TO THE DALLAS CASTLE FOR AN EVENING OF FOOD AND FUN!
WE ARE ALSO IN NEED OF PARENT CHAPERONES TO HELP SUPERVISE STUDENTS ON THE BUS AND IN THE AUDIENCE DURING THE SHOW. PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW AND COMPLETE THE FORM AND PAYMENT BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH!
Advocacy: With a Little Help, Violin Students Get to Carnegie Hall!
Read more on Nathan Schram, a fellow Indiana University graduate (Ms. Ho's alma mater woohoo!!!) and his journey in working with and preparing P.S. 75, an elementary school in the immigrant and working-class neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn all the way to Carnegie Hall!
Continue here: https://www.npr.org/2011/06/05/136924600/the-academy-helps-prepare-kids-for-their-carnegie-debut
Learn more about Nathan Schram and his journey with the Attacca Quartet and Musicambia: https://www.nathanschramnoise.com/bio.