Duluth HS Orchestra Newsletter

Week of Sept 12, 2022

What Are We Doing in Orchestra?

We are so proud of all the classes and their great performance on Friday, Sept. 9th for the National Anthem! We are refining and working on the last details for our upcoming parade on Saturday 9/24/22. Please see below for more information about the parade. We are finishing up selecting and handing out concert music this week as well. Students will have a short assignment to complete on the digital day. It will be available in e-class.

Parents, please take a moment and go though the orchestra handbook below. Once you have looked over it, please fill out our handbook acknowledgement form below. It is very important we have this signed form on file for each student.

Orchestra Handbook:


Handbook Parent Sign Off/Media Form:


Fall Parade

When- Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022

Arrive- before 8:45 AM in the Orch. Room

Wear- Black LONG pants, white DHS Orchestra polo, comfortable shoes

Be sure to- sign in with your attendance officer

This is a required event for all orchestra students. It will count as a summative (AKS Mastery) Grade. Please let is know if you have any questions!


Cow Patty Bingo!

Our Cow Patty Bingo Fundraiser kicked off last Thursday, 9/8/22! Students each have 10 tickets to sell. Students each received a ticket packet with 10 tickets and instructions. We ask that each student sell 10 tickets. Tickets are $5 each. We also have extra tickets available if you would like more!!!

More tickets are available in the orchestra room, if your student would like to sell more. There are prizes available for top sellers and winning ticket seller. All details can be found in the student envelope.

Students will need to return the envelope with 10 sold ticket stubs and $50 by Sept. 29th. For more information please read the insert about Cow Patty in the ticket envelope. That information is also linked below!




Please congratulate the following Duluth HS Orchestra students who auditioned in these area youth orchestras for the 22-23 season!

Gwinnett County Youth Symphony:

Dayae Kwak -violin

Sonayon Ayeni -viola

Kathleen Skeene-viola

Ethan Rhoden-viola

Mandy Xu-viola

Sabrina Lin-cello

Mark Geonmin Park-cello

Alan Shepherd-cello

Brandon Hyde-bass

Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra

Ashley Chang-violin

Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra

Lela Stair-violin

Nathan Shepherd-cello

Fee Sheet for Orchestra

Please pay fees online at http://www.duluthorchestra.org/dues-and-uniform-payments.html

You may also mail fees to the PO Box. DO NOT USE MY PAYMENTS PLUS please!

Click below to access fee sheet (you don't need to turn this in unless you are mailing in your money or turning it in at school)

Please make sure to get fees paid. The polos are coming in on Thursday before the National Anthem!!!

National Anthem Performance

Thank you to all our wonderful orchestra students who helped make Fine Arts Night a success!

Over 850 Wildcat musicians took the field Friday night to perform the National Anthem for our first home football game! It was a wonderful evening to celebrate the arts in our cluster! We are so proud of our fantastic student musicians!

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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 24th- Duluth Fall Parade!

Sept. 29th- Cow Patty Tickets and Money are Due

Oct 15th- Round 1 Allstate Auditions (select students)

Oct 27th- KSU Invitational (Chamber Orchestra Only)

October 29th- Cow Patty Bingo 1:30-3:30 PM

Orchestra Parent Night Recordings

We enjoyed getting to see some of you last Thursday night during our zoom meeting. I am linking the video as well as a copy of the presentation below for anyone who would like to review it or who was unable to attend. In addition, I am also linking our budget slides that were presented as well.

Here is the link to the volunteer survey for volunteering for all sorts of different orchestra help throughout the year (not just board members).

Thank you so much for supporting these amazing young musicians and myself and Dr. Lemonds! We are so grateful for our orchestra community here in the Duluth Cluster!

Benefits of Studying Music!

Check out this article about some of the great benefits of studying music!


Amazon Wishlist!

We have an Amazon wishlist if you would like to donate some items we need to our program! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1A9M1K244ZSP2?ref_=wl_share

Orchestra Calendar for 2022-23

We are so happy to have a calendar full of events, concerts and activities for this upcoming school year! Please click below to access the orchestra calendar for the entire year!

Supply List!

All students need to have the items listed on the supply list! Please contact us with any questions. Rental information can be found below.
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Private Teacher List

Look for us on Facebook, Instagram and our Website!

Facebook and Instagram- search Duluth High School Orchestra

See pictures from events and get updated announcements!

website- www.duluthorchestra.org

Amazon Smile and Corporate Giving

Here are some simple ways you can help our orchestra!


Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designating Duluth String Orchestra Alliance Inc. as your chosen charity!

In addition, many companies will match charitable giving if you designate Duluth String Orchestra Alliance as your charity! Check with your employer about matching gifts!

Publix Partners!

Publix has started a new program that will help support our orchestra each time you shop at Publix.

1. visit- www.publix.com

2. log in or set up a publix account

3. select "my account"

4. Designate Duluth HS Orchestra as your Publix Partner

5. Each time you shop at Publix, enter your phone number, and a portion of your purchase come back to the Duluth HS Orchestra

Kroger Community Partners!

Here is another easy way to support our orchestra program every time you shop at Kroger!

1. visit www.kroger.com

2. log in or set up your kroger account

3. Scroll to the bottom and under Community select "Community Rewards"

4. Type in Duluth String Orchestra Alliance in the search field

5. Select us as your organization, and you are all set!

6. each time you shop using your Kroger Plus card, we get a portion of your purchase!

Remind Codes


Please make sure you are signed up for Remind 101, and Parents there is a remind for you too! We send out updates and reminders to your phone using this system!

To join Remind 101 for your orchestra class-

text- 81010

1st period- in the text box put @sym-orch

2nd period- in the text box put @con-orch

3rd period- in the text box put @cham

4th period- in the text box put @phil-orch

5th period- in the text box put @sinfo-orch

Parents- in the text box put @orchpare

Scan Here to make a donation to the DHS Orchestra!

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