Orchestra Times - August

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

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Welcome back Titan Orchestra!

What a great first two days of having our Orchestra students back on campus! We spent time getting to know each other, the orchestra room, and are so excited to make music again!


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


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)

Instrument Supplies

Students can purchase supplies from the Titan Orchestra Store on the go if they need. If your student breaks a string on their instrument or needs to replace a digital tuner quickly. They can pay online through our online payment platform CheddarUp. This is the payment platform we use for all fees and payments except for Instrument Rental Fee.


Click the button above to access CheddarUp!

Stay Connected!

Remind

Parents 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.


Check out our incredible team of teachers here

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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

2021-2022 All Region Excerpts

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

2021-2022 All State Etudes

Parent Meetings - Volunteer and Booster

We are having our back to school parent meetings this Thursday with two options, either 5pm or 6:30pm. We will be going over the handbook and answering questions parents may have about Titan Orchestra.


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.


Positions needed


  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary



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

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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.

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Letterman Jacket Fitting for Qualified Students

Students who earned 40 points by the end of the 2020-2021 school year who have not yet received their letterman jacket can be fitted and order their jacket on Thursday September 1st from 12pm-2pm


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/

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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!


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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.

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Meet your 2021-2022 Student Orchestra Leadership Team!

Get to know your Orchestra Officers by reading their bios found on our Titan Orchestra Website!

2021-2022 Orchestra Calendar

Stay up to date on all scheduled Orchestra Concerts, Competitions, and Socials by adding our Titan Orchestra Calendar to your Google calendar!

Charms Office Assistant

Please make sure you have added charmsemailsender@charmsmusic.com to your address book. All program communications will be sent from there. Rising Sophomores - Seniors can go ahead and update your personal information by following the instructions in the Charms Guide

Orchestra Technology Resources

Please access any of the resources below if you have questions about Technology in Orchestra

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