RHS Orchestra Beat

Sept. 21, 2018 Edition

Thank you to Shiela Futch for driving the ORCHESTRA truck in the Homecoming Parade last week!!

Upcoming Events

Please make sure your nails are always trimmed short. It's good to trim them once a week.

Forms and Fees are due!

Sept 10 - 4:20-5:05 Region Sectionals (Chamber/Phil)

Sept. 24 - 2nd & 3rd period New Hope Club performance is CANCELLED. All students are required to attend their classes on Monday.

Oct. 15 - Chipotle Night - NEW DATE!!

Oct. 16 - Orchestra Picture Day - need accessories (see Orchestra Guy below!!)

Oct. 18 - Spring Trip Commitment and $150 due (fees must be paid first!)

Oct. 20 - All-Region Auditions (@WWJH)

Oct. 22 - Cello Choir begins every Monday 4:20-5:05 - Required for ALL cellists in ALL orchestras. We will perform at Northpark On Nov. 28.

2018-19 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!

Remember Orchestra is a skill-based cumulative program! Students should be practicing every day at home for 30+ minutes in order to keep up with the rigors of Orchestra. The 30+ minutes can be divided into 2 practice sessions (ex: morning/afternoon or before/after dinner).

Spring Trip College Tour and Performance

April 11-14

Sam Houston State University and Galveston!

Trip Commitments are due Oct. 18. Turn in with a $150 to reserve your spot! Trip cost is $550. Payment plans available.

Orchestra Guy

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Last Call!!! Order Spirit T-shirts by Friday, Sept. 28. Only paid orders will be placed!

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Support the Private Lesson Scholarship Fund!

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Collage Night - Music School Version

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Visit our Website

The wheels of the bus go 'round - with parent help!!!

  • We still need one more parent to join the RAOC Board for next year!

Contact Mrs. Long if you can help!!

Get your fees in!!

Statements have been emailed! Students are notified every day via our classroom slides! Charms is available for checking your balances 24/7!

The following are the fees due. We accept checks (written to Richardson Area Orchestra Club [RAOC], cash, or credit card payments through Charms. Each student in the RHS Orchestra is responsible for the program’s operation. The philosophy is that each high school student will share an equal part of the financial responsibility of funding orchestra program expenses not provided by the district. Some of these expenses include special music arrangements, contest entry fees, instruments, equipment and repair not provided by the RISD, clinician fees, food and drinks for orchestra activities, orchestra banquet expenses, rental of off-campus performance venues, scholarships, and orchestra club administrative costs such as website maintenance, postage and printing. Please refer to the RHS Handbook for a complete breakdown of fees.

9th Grade - $180.00

10th & 11th Grade - $155.00

12th Grade - 180.00


Add $100.00 if using a school-owned instrument

Private Lessons

$18 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com

Helen Lee helenhj083@gmail.com (810) 922-6323

Karin Harrell 1karinharrell@gmail.com (216) 798-6754

Sean Burrows sburrows@mail.smu.edu (972)​ ​762-1365


John Batchelder johnabatch@gmail.com 972-998-7675

Steven Juarez sjuarez88@gmail.com

Chris Sykora c.sykora@me.com

Sarah Walsh ‭violasaurusarah@yahoo.com (972) 365-3202‬


Tess Crowther tesscrowther@gmail.com (469) 630-5253

Jason Mooney jasonmooney89@gmail.com (631) 804-5131

Aniko Juhasz aniko52606@gmail.com 214-392-3838


Troy Tippawang tippawangbass@gmail.com (469) 826-6033

Christopher Arcy bassarcy@gmail.com (832) 314-2175

Ryan Wang qrbass@gmail.com 817-995-6636

Contact our teachers today to get started! It is never too late to start!

Google Classroom

We are having the students post videos of playing assignments on Google Classroom. Check it out!

Concert Corner

  • Oct. 19 @ 7:30pm - Julius String Quartet - Caruth Auditorium @ SMU
  • Oct. 28 @ 7pm - Vienna Boys Choir - First United Methodist Richardson (tickets at fumcr.com/vienna)
  • Feb. 17 @ 6pm - Julliard String Quartet - Highland Park United Methodist Church (tickets at hpumc.org/towerarts

Breezin Thru Theory

Due by 4:10 every Friday!


Has 2 parts:

  1. Lessons - Lessons will be assigned the Friday before so they can be ready for the drills on Monday. (not graded)

  2. Drills - Students are given 4 min. in class each day to complete the drills. (grades are taken from these drills once they click SUBMIT) They can do the drills as many times as they want to in order to earn the grade they desire.

All assignments for the week are due by each Friday @4:10p

Overview Video

Chamber Orchestra

Concerto Competition (CC)

  • Sept. 28 CC Selections Due (title of piece and composer). You must choose from the provided list (see below).
  • Oct. 12 CC Commitment Due (email your commitment to Mrs. Long including the approved piece)
  • Jan. 10 CC Rehearsals with accompanist begin during class (Accompanist provided $35)
  • Jan. 18 Concerto Competition 4:30-6:30 in the RHS Auditorium
  • May 14 CC Winner performs with Chamber Orchestra at the RHS Orchestra Concert


  • Concert Critique #1 Due October 18
  • Concert Critique #2 Due November 15
  • Research Paper Due November 30
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