Orchestra Times - September

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

It's Been A Great First Month of Orchestra!

It has been such a gift making music in-person again. Our classroom is filled with lovely sounds and all of our students have made considerable progress and improvement over a short amount of time. Students have performed pass-offs and gained valued feedback from their peers and teachers. As we prepare for our fall concert on Thursday, October 7th, practicing at home will be the key to success in more pass-offs and playing tests. We're teaching the best kids on the planet!
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Beginning of the year Orchestra Fee

Balances were sent out today through Charms Office - please check your spam folder to see the e-mail from charmsemailsender@charmsmusic.com make sure your statement reflects your payments accurately. If you have a balance, you can pay for your beginning of the year Orchestra Activity Fee by clicking the button below.

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All-Region and All-State Updates (Registration due Tuesday 9/14)

All-Region is one month away! Here's an overview of All-Region to refer to with questions. (Links to an external site.) Setting goals, making plans to accomplish goals, and following through are skills we hope all of our students are able to practice in Orchestra to help support them in their future endeavors! All-Region is a wonderful opportunity for students to work on those skills with peers and friends. Whether students are planning to audition or not, we encourage students to work on the All-Region packets to have this additional opportunity to continually grow as performers. Please read the information below carefully to answer any questions you may have about All-Region auditions.


All-Region auditions requires being academically eligible for the first IPR ending on 9/24. Students should be balancing their core classes by completing work, attending tutorials, and taking advantage of retest opportunities.


Dates and Location

All-Region Registration (Links to an external site.) and $15 Payment (Links to an external site.) is due Tuesday September 14th

Auditions are Saturday October 2nd at Independence High School

  • Students taking the SAT that morning and wishing to audition for All-Region should talk with Ms. Bell about scheduling


Music

String Orchestra Music here (Links to an external site.) - recommended to students who have not made the String Orchestra before

Philharmonic Symphony Music here (Links to an external site.) - required for students who have made String Orchestra while in High School (students may not audition for the String Orchestra again if they have made it into that Orchestra)

  • Etude cuts are final and will be the cuts performed on the day of
  • Current Excerpts cuts will have a cut released right before All-Region

All-Area Recording Cuts here (Links to an external site.) - please reprint your music for accuracy if you are pursuing All-State this year

Errata (errors in the music) should be checked weekly here (Links to an external site.)


Region Practice and Mock Auditions Sessions

Sessions start next Thursday 9/9/21. Students auditioning for All-Region must come in for at least two sessions (may come in for all) to receive feedback and practice the audition process to prepare for All-Region.

  • Philharmonic/Symphony Orchestra - Thursday mornings 7:45pm-8:45am
  • String Orchestra - Thursday afternoons 4:30pm-5:30pm


Students should print or pick up a packet by the end of this week and begin working on the music. By the registration date, students should be able to play through all of their All-Region packet at a slow practice tempo with correct notes, rhythms, and an overall understanding of the music. Students planning to audition should be spending time daily (even just 15 minutes) working on their music in order to have a successful audition experience in October. Your directors and private lesson teachers are here to support you and help you have the most positive All-Region experience possible so please reach out if you need support!

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IT IS TIME FOR CENTENNIAL, WESTER, AND LAWLER ORCHESTRAS MEDIEVAL TIMES SOCIAL EVENT! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRAVELING DOWN TO THE DALLAS CASTLE FOR AN EVENING OF FOOD AND FUN!


WE ARE ALSO IN NEED OF PARENT CHAPERONES TO HELP SUPERVISE STUDENTS ON THE BUS AND IN THE AUDIENCE DURING THE SHOW. PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW AND COMPLETE THE FORM AND PAYMENT BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH!


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Orchestra Tutorials!

We are so excited to see so many of you coming in regularly to practice either before or after school! With your busy schedule, it's easy to come in for 20-30 minutes right before or after school to get in your daily practice! Students who need a practice space can always come practice in the orchestra room!


To get one-on-one support and feedback please make sure to sign up for tutorials moving forward. We want to make sure you are getting the time with a Director that you need! If you need practice support or need to replay a pass-off, please sign up for a tutorial time by clicking the Orchestra Tutorial Link here and it can always be found in the Titan Orchestra Resources. This will allow us to make sure we are available when you have time.

When you come in for a tutorial you should:

  • Unpack
  • Tune
  • Warm up on a scale appropriate for your passoff
  • Review the comments and rubric found in Canvas
  • Practice those skills
  • Wait for a director to work with you
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Titan Orchestra Concert Uniforms

Each student will be issued a concert uniform

  • Women - black dress ($60 value if lost or damaged)

    • Removable sewn hems are permitted for dresses, but permanent alterations should not be made.

  • Men - tuxedo jacket ($60 value if lost or damaged) and bowtie ($3 value if lost or damaged).

Students will be fitted for their uniform during class and are responsible for their uniform for the entire school year. If a student is fitted and we are out of that size, we will order more uniforms and notify students when they arrive.


What you are expected to provide

Women

  • Black dress shoes (Close-toed, no more than 2” heels)

Men

  • Black dress shoes

  • Black socks

  • Black dress pants

  • Formal, long-sleeved white tuxedo shirt


Routine care of uniform

After each performance, it is strongly recommended that the black dress or tuxedo jacket be taken to the cleaners and dry-cleaned. Do not iron the dress or tuxedo.



Collection of Uniforms

Any student who does not return the gown or tux by the announced date at the end of the year will have an “unclear record” form submitted to the office, and he/she will be unable to receive grades or register for the next semester until this obligation is met.


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Stay Connected!

Remind

Parents may join Remind for regular updates by texting the code for your student's class to the number 81010



All students should be registered for their own class Remind

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!
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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
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Orchestra Technology Resources

Please access any of the resources below if you have questions about Technology in Orchestra