RHS Orchestra Beat

Nov. 29, 2018 Edition


  • The NorthPark Cello Choir performance was top notch yesterday! Thank you to all the cellists for a memorable community performance spreading cheer to those around! A special THANK YOU to Mr. Franklin for driving our music stands to and from NorthPark. We appreciate all of you!

  • Exam solo music was handed out today. We will have an accompanist here to play solos with each student beginning Dec. 12. Solos must be prepared with appropriate cue of accompanist, tempo, penguins, and dynamics.

  • Lots of people still owe $25 for Polos, please get money in!

  • Only 4 more days of the SNAP Fundraiser!

  • We have 2 spots that have opened up on the Spring Trip! Contact Mrs. Long if interested!

  • 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).

  • Chamber Orchestra - Concerto Competition participants bring $35 for the accompanist fee by Dec. 12.

Upcoming Events

Chamber Sectionals 4:20-5:05 will continue 1st week back after break.

Philharmonic Sectionals 4:20-5:05 will continue 1st week back after break.

Concert Sectionals are happening!

  • Monday 8am - 2nd violin (cancelled 12/3)
  • Tuesday 8am - 1st violin (cancelled 12/4)
  • Tuesday 4:20pm - viola
  • Thursday 4:20pm - cello/bass

Dec. 7-8 All-Region at RHS. Volunteer helpers needed! Sign-up HERE.

Dec. 13 - RHS Choir Concert - orchestra members performing on GLOW.

2018-19 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!

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Garland Symphony needs volunteers!

The Garland Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to help with our 2018-19 Season. We need 6-8 volunteers at each of our performances. Our season is as follows:

December 14
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 10

For each concert, students will need to arrive at the Granville Performing Arts Center (300 N. Fifth St.) at 6:15 PM. We ask that they be dressed in “Sunday Best.” (No jeans allowed). Duties will include ushering, taking tickets, filling programs, and general help throughout the hall. Students are welcome to stay to watch the performance free-of-charge but must stay through the end of intermission. Volunteers are eligible to earn up to 3 hours of community service.

Please contact me if students are interested, and I can add them to our volunteer list. Thank you for your help!

Kind regards,

Marissa Mediati
General Manager

Garland Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 461204

Garland, TX 75046

P) 972-926-0611

F) 972-926-0811




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Spring Trip College Tour and Performance - We have 40 kids signed up!!! WOO HOO!

April 11-14

Sam Houston State University and Galveston!

Spring Trip Payment Schedule

1/8/2019 Start of the 3rd quarter. All students must pass each non-exempt class at the end of this quarter in order to be eligible to attend the trip.

1/10/2019 Payment #3 Due ($100.00); Should you cancel after this payment = $300.00 penalty

2/7/2019 Payment #4 Due ($100.00); Should you cancel after this payment = $400.00 penalty

3/7/2019 Payment #5 Due ($100.00)

NO REFUNDS can be issued after this date for ANY reason.

3/8/2019 End of the 3rd quarter. Any student who fails a class for the 3rd quarter will be ineligible to attend the Spring Trip. No refunds can be issued at this late date.


4/9/2019 Spring Trip Information Meeting and Concert. All students attending the spring trip are required to attend this meeting along with at least one parent or guardian. You will receive a final trip itinerary in addition to very important logistical and rules info.

4/11/2019 Departure date

4/14/2019 Return date

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College Night - Music School Version

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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

Drew Schindler aoschindler@mail.smu.edu 303-328-8313


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

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

Lynette Sykora l.sykora@me.com 214-674-5322

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

Breezin Thru Theory

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

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Community Concert Corner

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 2 - SMU Symphony Concert @ SMU
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 2 - DSO John Williams Christmas @ Meyerson
  • DSO Student Tickets - https://www.mydso.com/buy/student-tickets
  • Dec. 1 @ 8pm - RSO Holiday Classics Concert - Eisemann
  • Dec. 1 @ 7:39pm - UTA Symphony Orchestra
  • Dec. 20-22 - DSO Movie in Concert - Star Wars
  • Feb. 2 @ 8pm - RSO A Night at the Movies
  • March 2 @ 8pm - RSO Young Artist Winner
  • April 6 @ 8pm - RSO
  • May 4 @ 8pm - RSO
  • Feb. 17 @ 6pm - Julliard String Quartet - Highland Park United Methodist Church (tickets at hpumc.org/towerarts
  • March 26 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Concert 1: To The New Day
  • April 30 @ 7:30pm - Richland Spring Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Inspired Visions
  • May 11 @ 7:30pm - Richland Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Chamber Orchestra

Region Helpers Needed

  • All-Region Clinic/Concert Dec. 7-8 @ RHS

Concerto Competition (CC)

  • 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 #2 Due November 15
  • Research Paper Due November 30
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