Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #15

Woo Hoo! We made it to Winter Break!

What an excellent 2015 the Springman Orchestra has had! I can't believe how much the students have grown and what we have accomplished thus far. Thank you for making my job so special!


Things I am thankful for in 2015:

  • 76 motivated and talented orchestra students at Springman
  • A fantastic and 'mysterious' fall concert
  • The opportunity to perform at Navy Pier due to students pure talent
  • Being able to join forces with the band to create a symphony (always a dream of mine!)
  • Loving coming to work everyday thanks to you and your students support and love of orchestra!

Things I am looking forward to in 2016:

  • 5th grade transition day performance by 6th graders and getting to meet all the future Springman orchestra students
  • Three EXCITING NEW units for all grades when we get back from break
  • A 'moving' spring concert
  • Getting to spend more time working with all your children as they continue to progress on their instruments


Only good things are happening in Springman orchestra! I can't say 'thank you' enough!

Schedule for 2016!

Attached to this e-mail you will find all sorts of schedules. First, you will see the January and February rehearsal calendars. If there is an astric (*) next to orchestra, that means that if you are also in choir, you come to orchestra.


Second, you will see new trimester 2 lesson schedules. There are a few changes:

  1. Lessons now go ALL DAY (up until 3:00!) woo hoo!
  2. There are no longer make-up lessons. If a student forgets their lesson they will earn a 0 for the week. If they know of a conflict with a test or quiz, they must e-mail me PRIOR to their lesson and I will give them another time slot. Of course if a student is not at school, it will not count against them in the grade book.
  3. 6th grade lessons are now on THURSDAYS.
  4. 7th grade lessons are now on TUESDAYS.
  5. 8th grade lessons are split between MONDAY AND FRIDAY - make sure to double check which day you have a lesson that week!!!

Here is the schedule for when we get back from break:

Monday (1/4) - 8th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

Tuesday (1/5) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 7th grade lessons

Wednesday (1/6) - 8th grade morning rehearsal

Thursday (1/7) - 7th grade morning rehearsal, 6th grade lessons

Friday (1/8) - Wildcat Symphony morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

8th Graders Perform at Navy Pier!

Congratulations on a job well done! It was such a cool experience to have our orchestra mic-ed and put through speakers throughout the Winter Wonderfest! I know I am definitely looking forward to performing there again!
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Musical Moment of the Week!

Here is a video that the 6th grade orchestra put together to wish everyone a happy holidays! It is their own light show to the song "Carol of the Bells" that all grades worked on and performed this holiday season. Enjoy!
Carol of the Bells - 6th Grade Orchestra