MRHS Orchestra Newsletter

February, 2020 vol. 6

February Calendar

  • Monday, 2/3 3-5pm Full Orchestra
  • Tuesday, 2/4 3-4pm Chamber
  • Wednesday, 2/5 3-4pm FO Sectionals
  • Thursday, 2/6 3-4pm Philharmonic
  • Friday, 2/7 3-5pm Game Night Social!
  • Monday, 2/10 3-5pm FO with Mr. Engelmann, 7pm Booster Club Meeting
  • Tuesday, 2/11 3-4pm Chamber, 4-5pm Philharmonic
  • Wednesday-Saturday 2/12-2/15 TMEA All State in San Antonio
  • Monday, 2/17 No School, District Professional Learning Day
  • Tuesday, 2/18 3-5pm Full Orchestra with Alexa Thomson HSO Embedded Community Musician
  • Wednesday, 2/19 Dress Rehearsals: 3-3:30pm Philharmonic, 3:30-4pm Chamber, 4-4:30pm Camerata, 4:30-5pm Sinfonia
  • Thursday, 2/20 3-5pm Chamber Music Coaching with selected Sinfonia Students, 7pm Full Orchestra Pre UIL Concert
  • Friday, 2/21 Mariachi
  • Monday, 2/24 3-5pm FO, 6:30pm All State Board Recognition
  • Monday, 2/25 3-4pm Chamber, 4-5pm Mariachi
  • Wednesday, 2/26 3-4pm FO Sectional
  • Thursday, 2/27 3-4pm Philharmonic

HSO Quartet Performance - Monday, 2/3

All Sinfonia and Camerata students will report to the Orchestra room for 6th and 7th periods to watch a Houston Symphony Quartet Perform as a part of our HSO Residency.

In Class Recitals

Our in class recitals will begin next Wednesday, 2/5 and end on Friday, 2/7. Students have known about this since the beginning of October when they received their assigned solo.


All students in the Program will play their entire solo for the class, while both Directors and students give feedback. This will be a Major Exam grade.

Winter Social - Game Night!

We will be having Game Night next Friday, 2/7. Our Officer Leadership Team will be putting together some activities - please consider staying after school that day to have some fun!! Snacks will be provided and we are accepting candy and chips donations as well.

Solo and Ensemble

UIL Solo and Ensemble is Saturday, 2/22 at Katy High School. Students have their assigned time slot. Please ensure that your student arrives at KHS no later than 30 minutes prior to their performance time. Students should wear formal attire.

Full Orchestra Pre UIL Concert Thursday, 2/20

Our Pre UIL Full Orchestra Concert will be on Thursday, 2/20 at 7pm in the MRHS PAC.


All students in the MRHSO will perform on this concert! Concert dress is formal attire. We have hired two professional judges to work with your students.


Student call time is 6pm sharp!

All State Students

Omar Juarez (10th grade) and Joseph Escobar (9th grade) are both All State Orchestra Students! Please wish them luck as they get ready to perform at TMEA's 100th Centennial Celebration this year!!

Spirit Night

MOD Spirit Night is Wednesday, 2/5 from 10:30am-9pm on 1330 Fry Rd. in the HEB Shopping Plaza. Please click here for the flyer. You just need to mention MRHSO when checking out at register.

Houston Symphony Residency Comp Tickets for February!

Schumann Festival
Music Director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

· Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOgjGCNByrstYIX0hZbtCps-n2a5ZCDUHEFwbUkkKuc8il_g/viewform?usp=sf_link
The form to sign up for this concerts will close on Thursday, Feb 6th at noon

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

· Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjPq7k7oX8NWhgCTZ__bI8ZQaIxKr3VpHaW82NVb-n0yhEiQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
The form to sign up for this concert will close on Thursday, Feb 6th at noon

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3

· Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 p.m – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHsSQujf3JvmuRig6ou99b0041LCwjx5b7eyvusPJStqzbJg/viewform?usp=sf_link
The form to sign up for this concert will close on Thursday, Feb 13th at noon

This is a Houston Symphony Chorus-only concert, no orchestra (feel free to pass this form on to chorus students in your school if you wish!)
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love)
SCHUMANN The Pilgrimage of the Rose

· Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKSv6hhi5FTbCIoiR2Cj7WNGVNX2A-qx_1-Y0fkGjFHgMDJg/viewform?usp=sf_link
The form to sign up for this concert will close on Thursday, Feb 13th at noon

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3

· Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvGuxxpRTgyeQ8-gwETAlV4bZZ2oS7GUBjHSC27uN8J0spdA/viewform?usp=sf_link

The form to sign up for this concert will close on Thursday, Feb 13th at noon

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

John Adams’ El Niño:
David Robertson, conductor

Houston Symphony Chorus

Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus

JOHN ADAMS: El Niño

· Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVDwi-JmQfcEm8C4W1j0tGrdQS-WH5mW25nWbDjKkdkAwprg/viewform?usp=sf_link

· Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgjPr6FnVV3H9BCXQjpshjyzuYKq9UyvVGzy0fldeohuogQQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Forms for both of the above concerts will close on Thursday, Mar 12th at noon