TWHS Orchestra News Letter

August/September 2021

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Welcome Back!

Hello and Welcome Back! Mr. Madonia and I are excited to get back to work with you all this year. It is so amazing to have everyone back in Person, and we are so looking forward to all the opportunities to make music, perform, learn and grow together. Please make sure to read the FULL Newsletter, join the correct Band App, and update your email and phone number in Charms, so that you can keep up with the ever changing circumstances that we find ourselves operating in. Directors will be Communicating A LOT more this year, so please make sure you join our communication systems to keep up to date. Also students, make sure that you log into Canvas and check the BAND APP once a day.
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Please take a few minutes to log into to CHARMS, and make sure your information is up to date. While you are logged in, you can also pay your Activity Fee under the financial tab.

To Log into Charms, please click the button below. Then click log in.

Our School Code is: woodlandsorch, and the password is what you created. If you need a link to reset your password, please email Mr. Michaelson.

PLease email Mr. Michaelson with any issues you have accessing CHARMS.

Orchestra Fees

The Orchestra Fee remains the same this year at $260. If you have multiple students in the program there is a discount. Please email Mr. Michaelson at with any concerns or financial issues. This fee can be paid online through CHARMS under the financial tab. Please pay this fee or make payment arrangements by September 15th.

TWHS Orchestra Required Uniform Shirt and Spirit Items on Sale

Hurry, don't miss your opportunity to purchase the required program t-shirt and other spirit items. Sale of the required T-shirt and other spirit items ENDS Monday 9/6/21. These items can be purchased in the CHARMS Webstore.
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Schoolcode: woodlandsorch Password: student genereated

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21-22 Hand Book

Below are the are 21-22 Handbook, the Covid-19 Handbook Addendum, and Handbook Acknowledgment for the 2020-2021 School Year. Please read the handbook, and the addendum. Then fill out the Handbook Acknowledgment as soon as possible.
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Message from the Booster Club

Dear Orchestra Parents,

On behalf of the TWHS Booster Club, we hope that everyone is well and safe. The Booster Club would like to welcome all new and returning orchestra members and we look forward to the 2021-2022 school year. Although this is an unprecedented, unique school year, be assured that Mr. Michaelson, and Mr. Madonia are dedicated to each and every orchestra student. They are tirelessly planning and preparing to give each student the best orchestral education, while always keeping your student’s health the top priority. This school year will bring many challenges, and now more than ever we will need parent support. Rehearsals and concerts will be different and challenging. Your support will give your student the best music education experience.

At the moment we might not need immediate “hands-on” help, but there is still much needed help in fundraising, donations and sponsorship. I assure you we will have other volunteer opportunities available as the school year begins and is underway.

Immediately we are in need of a TWHS Assistant Treasurer and Secretary . Please consider volunteering if any of these positions interest you and if you need more information and description of duties, please contact Mr. Michaelson.

As part of your child’s activity fee, you are automatically a member of the booster club. That fee does not cover most of the items needed to make your child’s year in orchestra successful. Items such as sheet music, extra strings, bows, music supplies, etc, are items that can only be purchased with your help. Donations will also help fund senior scholarships. Your generosity counts.

As we proceed through 21-22 unchartered territory, please consider donating, fundraising and/or volunteering. We are still offering patron levels of donation. This will help with much needed additional funding. Your name (or business name) will be listed on our social media sites and concert programs. If you know of a business that might be interested in sponsorship, please contact us. We are a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

We’re all in this together and with all our efforts, we can make this a great school year. Please see the link to the Signup Genius Below to see how you can help us.


TWHS Booster Club

Arlene Failde- President

Parent Information Meeting

If you missed the Parent Information Meeting, please watch the video below.
parent meeting p2021 final
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This year we are using the band app to communicate. We have TWO "BANDS", one for parents, and one for students. Scan the QR Codes below with your phone, or use the following links to join our BAND.

Parent Band Link:

Student Band Link:


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Band App For Students

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2021-2022 Concert Schedule

FALL 2021

Saturday Sept. 11 Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Concert

Friday Oct 29 Halloween Concert

Thursday Dec 2 Holly Jolly Jingle at CWM Pavilion (Concert & Chamber)

Saturday Dec 4 Holiday Concert Part I (All except Concert)

Saturday Dec 11 Holiday Concert Part II (Concert & Chamber)


Thursday-Saturday Jan 20-22 School Musical

Thursday Jan 27 Solo and Ensemble Recital

Saturday Jan 29 Solo and Ensemble Competition

Saturday Mar 26 Spring Classics Concert

Tuesday-Thursday Mar 29-31 UIL Concert and Sight-reading Evaluation

Thursday-Sunday April 27-1 Orchestra Spring Trip - Nashville/Memphis

Tuesday May 10 Orchestra Banquet at The Woodlands Country Club

Saturday May 14 Music of Broadway and Senior Send Off

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Orchestral Excursions

We will be taking some day trips throughout the year.

Here is what is planned for the fall semester:

Saturday September 25th 4 PM- Rent a movie theater to watch Dear Evan Hanson. Cost $15-20 at Cinemark XD-17 at The Woodlands Mall. More details coming soon.

Thursday September 30th 8 PM- Houston Symphony Presents The Music of Queen at CWM Pavilion. FREE (the pavilion is reserving seats for us) More details coming soon.

Tuesday October 26th 3-10 PM- High School Night at the Opera. Cost $50 (includes dinner, transportation and the show) PURCHASE YOUR TICKET BY MONDAY 9/6 IN THE CHARMS WEBSTORE

Saturday November 6th- ALL Day- Trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON.

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Spring Trip to Memphis and Nashville

We are traveling to Memphis and Nashville April 27th through May 1st. The itinerary is below.

To register for the trip or for more info use this link:

2022: The Woodlands High School Orchestra: Memphis + Nashville [x2861]
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Here is the schedule for our September 11th Concert Rehearsal and Performance. More info is coming soon, but please make sure to look at the times for your orchestra. Orchestra names have been colored coded. ALL STUDENTS MUST STAY AFTER THE CONCERT TO HELP CLEAN UP!

Students need to wear their formal uniform to perform in.

Girls: School issued dress with black socks, and flat black dress shoes

Boys: School issued black dress shirt, black vest, and Red or Green Tie, with Black dress pants, black belt, long black socks, and black dress shoes.

Parents please plan on arriving at TWHS between 6 and 6-45 for the Concert. We plan on having Chick-Fil-A On Campus selling dinner during that time. Lisle Violin Shop will also be here on campus selling supplies, new strings, and taking reservations for bow rehairs.

September 11th Concert Schedule
10 AM- 12 PM Officers Set up and Decorate Cafeteria
12:15 PM Chamber Orchestra arrival (Bring performance clothes and a snack, you will change latter)
12:30-1:45 PM Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal in Cafeteria
1:30 PM Concert Orchestra arrival (Bring Performance Clothes and a snack)
1:45-3:15 PM Combined Concert and Chamber Rehearsal
3:00 Symphony Orchestra Arrival (WEAR YOUR PERFORMANCE CLOTHES)
3:15-3:45 Chamber and Concert Orchestra BREAK
3:15-4 PM: Symphony Orchestra rehearsal
3:45 PM Philharmonic and Camerata arrival (WEAR YOUR PERFORMANCE CLOTHES)
4:00- 6 PM ALL ORCHESTRAS rehearse Star Spangled banner, Lift Every Voice, and Amazing Grace.
6- 6:45 PM Break (Chamber and Concert Change into performance clothes)
7-8:30PM Concert STARTS

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All the above supplies are available from Lisle Violin Shop, or Fishburn Violin Shop. Both shops will deliver the products to TWHS, if you call and place an order.


Lisle Violin will also be on campus on during our 1st concert on September 11th.

Call Lisle Violin: (346) 236-6650

Call Fishburn: (281) 290-4580

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All students who use a school instrument (cellos, basses, harp, and piano players) need to pay the CISD Instrument Maintenance Fee. This fee is $75 for the year and is found on SchoolcashOnline.

Follow this link to pay:

This fee is due by September 15th, 2021.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons for all students are highly encouraged. Please see our list below of private teachers in the area. It is possible to arrange for private lessons at school during orchestra.
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New Mariachi Ensemble

We are excited to announce the formation of a new Mariachi ensemble here at TWHS. All interested students, regardless of cultural background or experience level, are invited to join. Rehearsals are on Friday afternoons.

Join the Mariachi Band below

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CISD 9th and 10th Grade Honor Orchestra

9th and 10th graders have the opportunity to audition for the CISD HS Honor Orchestra on Saturday October 2nd. This an event designed to help young high school students gain confidence and experience in taking auditions. If a student makes it into the group, they will have a clinic on Monday November 1st, and then a concert on Tuesday November 2nd, where they will work with other students from across the district and Mrs. Carolyn Vandiver, our favorite clinician.

Please see Mr. Michaelson or Mr. Madonia for audition music and more information.

September 2nd Region Orchestra Update

Here are the final audition cuts for those auditioning for Region Orchestra Audition on October 18th.


Rode/Galamian – Etude No. 6, Moderato Beginning to the downbeat of meas. 25. Quarter Note = 100 – 110

*Fiorillo/Galamian – Etude No. 22, Adagio Measure 22 through measure 38. Quarter Note = 58 - 70


*Mazas/Mogill – Etude 18, Andante grazioso Measure 29 to the downbeat of measure 43. Dotted Quarter Note = 39 - 46

Campagnoli/Peters, Etude No. 15 – Allegro Moderato Beginning to the downbeat of meas. 32. Quarter Note = 66 - 72


*Popper/Stuch – Etude No. 22, Andante grazioso Beginning to the down beat of meas. 23. Quarter Note = 90 – 104

Duport/Schirmer – Etude No. 9, Allegro moderato Measure 17 to the downbeat of Measure 41 Quarter Note = 76 - 90


Storch-Hrabe/Zimmerman – Etude No.22, Poco piu Allegro Beginning to measure the downbeat of 64. Quarter Note = 70 - 78

Storch-Hrabe/Zimmerman – Etude No.28, Andante Beginning to the downbeat of 25 Quarter Note = 60 - 72


Scarlatti/Alfred – Sonatas, Volume 1 K.421/L.252 Measure 107 – Downbeat of 132 Quarter Note = 86-96

Mendelssohn/Alfred – Song Without Words Op. 62, No. 5 Measure 35 to the end Eighth Note = 130 - 140

Solo and Ensemble Contest

UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition is in early February. It is time to start picking what you would like to perform.

All solos and ensembles MUST be from the Texas Prescribed Music List found at:

Mr. Madonia and I will help students pick ensembles, if they are interested in performing an ensemble. Students wanting to perform a solo should work with their private teacher to pick a an appropriate solo.

TWHS Hi-Voltage Electric Ensemble

Our Electric String Ensemble will be making its return this year. It will rehearse on Wednesdays afternoons from 3:30-5 PM starting on Wednesday September 15th. All TWHS Orchestra students are encouraged and invited to join.

TWHS Orchestra Directors