Katy High School Orchestra News

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept 23rd MAR (Monday Afternoon Rehearsal). 3:15 to 4:30 pm, just for Varsity Chamber Orchestra


Friday, Sept 27th Deadline to sign up for San Antonio trip. Only 14 spots left.


Monday, Sept 30th MAR (Monday Afternoon Rehearsal) is cancelled, just this day.


Friday, October 4th Rice Symphony Trip. Only for students that signed up to go.


Thursday, October 10th WoodCreek JH Orchestra Beginner Showcase. We need a group of about 10 students from Varsity Chamber Orchestra to volunteer and perform at this event. Evening. Optional. More info later.


Saturday, October 12th Region Orchestra Auditions at Kerr High School


Wednesday, Oct 23rd Masquerade Serenade Rehearsal after school


Thursday, Oct 24th Masquerade Serenade Concert at KHS


October 29th First letter jacket fitting date

Letter Jacket fitting is October 29th

We order our letter jackets through Dilly's. Ask Ms. Lawrence for the packet of info from Dilly's with pricing.


All orchestra seniors can get a letter jacket at this fitting (or later in the year is ok, too). Underclassmen can qualify for a letter jacket if they do extra events like Region Orchestra, All State, UIL Solo and Ensemble, or KYAC. See PDF form below. You need 15 points for a letter jacket and each event is worth a different number of points.

Spring Trip to San Antonio April 3-4, 2020 Only 14 seats left! Deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept 27th

Our spring trip will be on April 3rd and 4th, 2020. We are going to San Antonio! Friday will be the performance, sightseeing in the Riverwalk area, and Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. Saturday will be Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Total cost of the trip will be $340 per student, all inclusive without fundraising. This is an optional trip.

Marching Band Traffic Closures 5 pm to 6:30 pm weekdays

If you pick up your student by the orchestra room, the area will be blocked off to traffic 5 pm to 6:30 pm because of marching band practice and equipment trailers. Pick up your child by the Black Box or by the natatorium parking lot.

Katy ISD Private Lesson Program

Violin and Viola Lessons at Katy High School

We have lessons available at KHS for violin and viola through the Katy ISD Private Lesson Program. We have two teachers. Please email Ms. Lawrence ASAP to sign up for a time. ellenmlawrence@katyisd.org


A private teacher can help you improve on your instrument and help with technique, region auditions, solos, and vibrato. Lessons are a weekly commitment.



Mr. Michael Della-Calce, violin (main instrument) and viola, $20.50 per 30 minute lesson

Mondays 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Lessons start August 26th

Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm Lessons start August 28th


Dr. Sylvia Chien, viola (main instrument) and violin, $24.50 per 30 minute lesson

Dr. Chien has a doctorate in viola performance and is a Suzuki violin teacher

Wednesdays pm 3:00 -7:30 pm Lessons start August 21st

Dr. Chien's schedule is almost full. She has 6 pm to 7:30 pm available still.




Cello and Bass Lessons

Bass lessons

Bass lessons through the Katy ISD Private Lesson Program will be offered at Paetow High School on Wednesdays with Grace Lewis, $22.50 per half hour.


Cello lessons

We are short on private cello teachers in the Katy area. I will let you know if any cello teachers have availability. There are some experienced cello teachers at the new Paganini School of Music (Sam's Strings). https://paganinischool.com/

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