Orchestra Times - May

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

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Titan Orchestras in Performance

This year challenged us to explore new ways to bring our students together in concert. With 85% of our program Virtual and 15% in person split across five classes, we experimented and discovered new ways to perform. From the start of the year we opened with Outdoor and Zoom Concerts. As we made our way into November, student's identified personal goals and demonstrated these through Solos or Ensembles in a Virtual Recital and Music Walk. Winter Concert performances were performed through Upbeat and live in our Auditorium. UIL and Spring Concerts gave students more ownership on their individual performances to contribute to an incredible experience overall.

Our feature videos in this Newsletter are our Titan Orchestra Seniors and our FISD Harp Program featuring 100 harpists across FISD.

To see more performances by class, visit the class newsletters linked below!

Titan Orchestra Seniors performing Ashokan Farewell

Ashokan Farewell - CHS Seniors - Spring Concert (2020-2021)

Frisco Annual Harp Recital 2021

Frisco Annual Harp Recital 2021
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2020-2021 Titan Orchestra Banquet

If you weren't able to join us for the banquet or in-person virtually you can watch the banquet video here!
2020-2021 Orchestra Banquet

Goodbye Mr. Desai!

Our incredible Director Mr. Desai is moving on to new adventures next year! We have been so lucky to have him as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend here at Centennial. He has left his mark on us all and we will miss him!

You can send him a personal goodbye through e-mail at npdesai5@gmail.com

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Titan Orchestra Hoodie Purchase!

Stay warm and support Titan Orchestra by purchasing a Titan Orchestra Hoodie!
2020-2021 Orchestra T-Shirts

Purchase additional t-shirts for family or friends. Bring Stories to Life this year with Titan Orchestra!

End of Year Orchestra Balances


Any 2019-2020 carried over balances have been issued through check and mailed to student's addresses in HAC. If you have any questions please reach out to belld@friscoisd.org

Interested in Private Lessons? Summer is a great time to get started!

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.

Check out our incredible team of teachers here

2021-2022 School Year News and Information!

Welcome Ms. Ho!

Ms. Jocelyn Ho will be the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Centennial High School. Born and raised in Plano, Texas, Ms. Ho began her musical studies in violin at age six. She studied with Philip Lewis at the University of North Texas at the pre-collegiate level. She continued her musical studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she earned her Bachelors of Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education. Ms. Ho's passion for music education has led her to teach diverse communities both locally in Southern Indiana and globally in Nairobi, Kenya. Outside of teaching, Ms. Ho enjoys staying active by hiking, running, and playing tennis. She also enjoys film photography, baking for her friends, and keeping up with her favorite bands. Ms. Ho is so thrilled to be back in Texas to start her career at Centennial High School and cannot wait to meet all of you Titans!
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Back to School Bash!

Please add the date below for your Orchestra to your calendar! Students will meet on campus to rehearse together, meet and work with sectional coaches, assign instruments, uniforms, lockers, and get to know their orchestra colleagues. All students are expected to attend their own orchestra's event. Updates and more information will be sent in July!
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2021-2022 All State Etudes

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 teachers throughout the summer. Please take a moment to learn more about the All-Region and All-State process below

Meet your 2021-2022 Student Orchestra Leadership Team!

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

Booster Club Parents 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.

Please contact Virginia Burgan (President) for more information on our wonderful Booster Club.

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

2021-2022 Orchestra Audition Placement

We are so inspired and excited by the incredible work our students demonstrated in their auditions this year. It's exciting to see so much incredible teaching happening at our middle schools Lawler and Wester, and continued growth for current high school students in spite of the challenges this year held for our teachers and students!

Our ensembles have increased in both talent and number of students this year and we are looking forward to getting to know all of our new students and families in the Fall!

Please see the audition results by clicking the link below!

Have a Great Summer!

Stay Connected!


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Orchestra Technology Resources

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