NW Orchestras Weekly Update

Friday, August 25, 2023

Welcome, and welcome back!

Dear Normal West Orchestra Families,

I wanted to take a moment to welcome all of our new Normal West Orchestra families, and welcome back our returning families! I'm so glad that your student is apart of our Normal West Orchestra Program!

Congratulations -- you all (students, families, etc.) just survived your first full week of school! I can tell we were a little more tired today compared to last week. Don't worry though, Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner.

The students hit the group running this week with Hauntcert music prep! All ensembles started the week by sight reading a variety of possible Hauntcert tunes, and we made some decisions about what tunes we want to work on over the next two months. I hope you're excited for our movie music themed performance coming up in October.

This newsletter idea is new. As an organization, Normal West Orchestras has a lot going on. Through this newsletter, my hope is to put information about all upcoming performances, fundraisers, trips, etc. in one spot! If this is ever overwhelming or you would like clarification on anything, please ask!

Have a great weekend!


We are in the beginning "form" phase of the year. A handful of students have not turned in their Orchestra Handbook, or the T-shirt Order form yet. Students were given hard copies of these documents, and can access them on Google Classroom. Questions? Email Miss Boehm!

Practice makes Progress!

We have one week of rehearsals under our belts, and a concert just over 2 months away! While that October date seems far away, students should be practicing their music at home already. Why should students practice at home? Because practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. If students start to practice now, they will be more confident when we get to Hauntcert! Need more information on the importance of practice? Watch the video below!

So far, we have 8 pieces selected for the 2023 Hauntcert performance. Pieces include: Music from The Avengers, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Over the Rainbow, Theme from Forrest Gump, Highlights from Harry Potter, and the James Bond Theme. Each ensemble is working on a collection of these pieces.

Concert Orchestra: James Bond, Harry Potter

Sinfonia: James Bond, Harry Potter, and Mozart's Requiem

Chamber: James Bond, Harry Potter, Mozart's Requiem, and Music from the Avengers

We've made a lot of progress in a few days this week! Encourage your student to play some of the music they've started to learn at home!

How to practice effectively...for just about anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene

Upcoming Fundraisers & Events

Portillo's Dine-to-Donate

Monday, Aug. 28th, 4-7pm

202 Landmark Drive

Normal, IL

Don't feel like cooking? Need a plan for dinner? Join members of the Normal West Orchestras at Portillo's! 20% of sales will benefit Normal West Orchestras!

Order online or in app for pickup using code "PORTILLOS51" before checkout in the "Apply Offer" field, or show this flyer or a digital version to cashier when ordering at the restaurant. Valid on drive thru, pickup, curbside, and in restaurant orders.

Normal West Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 4:30-5:30pm

501 North Parkside Road

Normal, IL

Join your classmates by walking in the annual Homecoming Parade! Students toss candy and share information about our 2023 Hauntcert performances. This is optional for students!