RHS Orchestra Beat

Back to School Edition


  • 1st social of the year! It is optional, and limited spots are available! Dave and Busters Aug. 23 from 5:00-7:30 $30 (includes bus, game card, and dinner) Our next off-campus social will be in the Spring.
  • Bring instruments to school on Monday, August. 19. If you need a school owned instrument, bring $100.
  • About Me slide is due by Tuesday, Aug. 20
  • Region Sectionals start Monday, Aug. 26
  • If you missed Uniform Fittings, we will be having make-ups August 29 from 4:30-6:00 before the Parent Meeting.
  • Parent Meeting Aug. 29 6:30 in RHS Band Hall
  • Orchestra fees (see below for details) are due by August 30
  • Syllabus is due today; All other forms are by Wednesday, August 21 to be entered into a drawing.
  • Back to School Picnic - Aug. 21 - Eagle Strings Electrified is performing "Everything is Awesome!"
  • 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).


Ms. Goad got married this summer, so she is now Mrs. Waggerman!

Please congratulate Mrs. Waggerman when you see her!

Upcoming Events

2019-20 Orchestra Calendar is posted on the website!


19 Bring Instruments to school

20 Private teacher sign up

21 RHS Back-To-School Picnic

23 Dave & Busters

26 Region Sectionals

29 RAOC General Meeting 6:30pm

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

The Value of Private Lessons

We have to tell you how proud we are of our students! They have been working hard in class this year and are making steady progress on new skills and music. As a parent, however, we’re sure there have been times where you may have asked yourself if your child was progressing quickly enough. As the students move through their HS years, sometimes it’s not as easy to recognize the development of new skills.

During this time, it is easy for students and parents to get discouraged because progress is not as obvious. This is a time when your child will need your encouragement more than ever. Recognize their efforts, praise them when they remember to practice without being reminded, and continue to ask them to play for you from time to time.

This might also be a time when you want to consider private lessons for your child. In a private lesson, a specialist who plays the same instrument as your child will work with them one-on-one to develop a program of study tailored specifically to your child’s unique strengths, weaknesses and goals. It’s a great way to provide your child with new opportunities in music and can jump start their interest. With lessons, they will feel more accomplished, be more confident, and progress more quickly.

Summer time is a perfect time to get started. It will keep them playing and progressing all summer long!

A small jump start now could set them up for long term success by helping them to rise above the crowd and see their inner talent.

We recommend a thirty-minute lesson once per week for students this age. If you are interested, we can help connect you with just the right person.

​Private lessons are provided during the school day for interested students as an enrichment program in orchestra. The RHS Area private teachers are contracted through RISD and must complete an application and criminal history check. These teachers can teach during your child's orchestra class or before or after school on your campus. Summer lessons can be arranged at Richardson HS or other locations offered by the individual private teacher. Private lesson fees are $20 per weekly 30-minute lesson and rates are determined by the RISD Fine Arts. While private study is not a requirement for participation in any orchestra, students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Private Lessons

$20 per 30-minute lesson. Pay your teacher directly!


Annie Jeong elfofviolin@hotmail.com (515) 708-7667

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

Raphaelle Siemers raphaelle.siemers96@gmail.com (608) 738-9746


John Batchelder johnabatch@gmail.com 972-998-7675

Chris Sykora c.sykora@me.com

Sarah Walsh ‭violasaurusarah@yahoo.com (972) 365-3202‬

Bella Markham zippydragon101@gmail.com 972-974-2928


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

Alayna Mitchakes layniemitchakes@gmail.com 214-500-0761


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

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

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

Chamber Orchestra 2019-20

  • Congratulations, ADAM DOMINGUEZ, our Scale Bingo Champion!

  • Region music comes out on Monday, Aug. 19

  • Sectionals start Monday, Aug. 26

  • Be thinking about Quartet Promo Project (think November) - Video, Slide, Program, Logo

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