SCHS Music Notes

September 9, 2019

Welcome to the Second Edition of our Music Notes Newsletter!

Hello Music Families!

In the past I've sent newsletters weekly, but in effort maximize our readership and minimize the amount of time I spend on administrative tasks, I would like to experiment with creating a new issue every TWO weeks instead.

This makes the newsletters a bit dense with information, but you'll only have to read them twice a month. Thank You in advance for taking the time to be informed and involved!

Please, if you did not receive this directly in your email, and instead received a link via LoopMail, complete our subscription form, as this will be the final week I send the link via LoopMail as well.

Upcoming Events!!!

Back to School Night is Tomorrow!

I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow night! Show up a little early to hear our awesome Jazz Combo welcome you into the Bobcat Arena at 5:45!
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Orchestral Strings Tone Workshop NEXT TUESDAY, 9/17

I am so excited that we have collaborated with CHS, Bertrand's Music, and Lemur Music to host this workshop on Orchestral Tone Quality and Production. This is such an amazing opportunity and is FREE to all CUSD Middle School and High School Orchestra Students!

  • Students will be given an opportunity to meet local and renowned teachers

  • Demonstration on instruments of various price ranges to answer the question, “Does price really make a difference?”

  • Student will be given new exercises to practice at home with

  • Vibrato, Vibrato, Vibrato!

Attendance of this even is MANDATORY for Orchestra students, and a study/homework period will be given the following day at school.

Please REGISTER to ATTEND ASAP to help our Clinicians to Prepare!

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Meet our Clinicians

Parent Meeting Next Tuesday, 9/17 (same day as the Tone Workshop)

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 7-8pm

3900 Cannon Road

Carlsbad, CA

Room 5003 (the music room).

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Your Donations Are Important!

It may surprise you to know that as a music program, our funding from the district and school is very limited! In fact, we have already used up our site funds purchasing some much needed new instruments. That means that many of the opportunities we want for these fine young musicians, will need some help from you!

From your Donations, students will benefit from the following:

  • Coaching (more individualized instruction on their instrument)
  • Transportation and Fees for Music Festivals, Professional Performances, & Events
  • Master Classes
  • Instrument Purchases & Repairs
  • Sheet Music Purchases
  • Awards Banquets
  • Fun Music Excursions & Experiences

Here's how you can help!

I understand that these days, making ends meet is a challenge for many! But, there are many ways you can help to support our program and its students. Please, help in whichever ways you can!

  • Monetary Donation ($60 per trimester is recommended)
  • Instrument or Equipment Donation
  • Amazon Wishlist Item Donation
  • Volunteering for Music Events (ticket sales, student supervision, concessions, etc.)
  • Joining the Music Guild (survey linked below)
  • Attending Parent Meetings (see Google Calendars)
  • Creating a home environment that promotes practicing at home.
Donate via ASB Webstore

* You will likely need to "register" your account, as our ASB is using new software this year.

Calendar Updates & Changes to Note:

Sometimes new events pop up or old ones get canceled/rescheduled! Here are some changes we've got to date:

  • CANCELED: 2019 VAPA Gala--this was on the tentative calendar from last year for October 11th, but there are simply too many big changes in the VAPA department this year for us to do it well. We will pick it up again next year and will likely make it every other year. Instead we will focus all of our collaborative energies into our Farmers Market Themed Festival of the Arts!

  • ADDED (tentatively): SCHS MUSIC PICTURE DAY: Although I have not picked the actual date yet, I am looking into scheduling Picture Day in the 2nd Week of October. Please plan on needing your Concert Black Attire (as described in the syllabus) by that date. FYI, if you plan to purchase a suit or tuxedo, I am meeting with our friends at Friar Tux next week to discuss some deals they can work out for you. Be on the lookout for an email about that! ***This does not apply to Instrumental Music students, as they are not a performing ensemble.

  • ADDED (tentatively): Barnes & Noble 3rd day of Gift Wrapping Fundraiser (Friday, December 20th). This would be in addition to our two days that Saturday and Sunday.

Subscribe to our Calendars!

Performing Ensemble Seat Placements

I have at this point heard all of our performing musicians play and have placed them in their seating arrangements. They are linked below for your reference:

*** Students have been arranged in such a way that they can best collaborate with their peers and grow as musicians. It should be noted that no students' contribution to the ensemble is more or less valuable than their peers. Every part is important and needs to be heard!

Interested in Pursuing the Arts in College???

Visit the San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair! It's Free and Open to the Public! Thanks to Mrs. Breton for sharing this with me!

San Diego Performing & Visual Arts College Fair

Saturday, Sep. 21st, 1-3pm

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA

View Details by Clicking the Link ABOVE


Thank You in advance for your support and dedication, and for taking the time to stay informed about Music happenings. I am looking forward to a year full of learning, exploration, excitement, and creative expression through music! I hope to see you all at Back to School Night and our very first Parent's Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th.