Titan Orchestra Times - 2023-2024

The official newsletter of Centennial Orchestra

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Parent Volunteers Needed

We have had some great events for our students this year, including our breakfast socials and our back-to-school bash. With 200 involved students, we are in great need of more regular parent support coming up for events. Ways you can support your student in orchestra are:

  • Picking up and dropping off supplies for events to CHS,
  • Uniforms - Sizing, Collection, Pick-up, and drop-off for end-of-year maintenance
  • Decorating - Concerts, Banquets, etc.
  • Chaperone - Social Trips, UIL, Spring Trip
  • Concert Support - Receptions, Student Wrangling, Dress Rehearsal Meals

Thank you for your involvement and support in making Titan Orchestra the best place for all of our students!

All-Region Mock Auditions Begin Next week 9/18

All students auditioning for All-Region must attend at least one mock audition per week before or after school, a total of four before auditioning. Multiple options will be provided each week. Check the orchestra calendar for specific dates! Students may attend more than four to have more opportunities to practice the audition.

Frisco Community Band String Student Invitation

The Frisco Community Band is collaborating with FISD Orchestra students for a 'Night at the Symphony'. This is a great opportunity for string students to prepare and perform full orchestra music alongside community players. All are welcome!

  • Music may be found here HERE
  • Rehearsals are Sunday 10/1 2:30pm-5:00pm and Tuesday 10/3 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Lawler MS Band Hall
  • The concert is October 5 at 8:00pm at CHS immediately following the Centennial Orchestra Concert
  • Let Ms. Bell know if you are interested in participating in this opportunity

September Breakfast Social is this Friday 9/15

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Back to School Bash Social Thursday September 7th

Join us for field games, contests, pizza, and more! Watch for a sign-up link sent by your Titan Orchestra Officers through remind!
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All-Region Tutorials Start Next Week

All-Region tutorials will be held before and after school starting the week of August 28th, students are highly encouraged to attend. Mock auditions will begin the week of September 18th, students must attend four mock auditions, one session per week

Students can pick up a printed copy of the music in the orchestra room.

See All-Region Information Here

Titan Orchestra Parent Volunteers

We are always looking for parent help with socials, chaperoning, uniform organization, banquet planning, and other booster team lead initiatives. If you are interested in helping please fill out the form by clicking the button below and the booster team will reach out to you soon!
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DAAYO Chamber Program Openings

DAAYO Chamber Strings is currently taking applicants for the 23-24 season

  • Students will form quartets (or quintets) based on their respective levels. You can listen to the work students did last season here:
  • The group meets on Saturdays (starting on 9/9/23) from 1-3 PM (1 hour per quartet or quintet).
  • Financial aid is available for qualified string students. See audition requirements and registration: https://daayo.org/chamber-audition/

Contact director@daayo.org with questions

Meet the Teacher Night Recap

It was great to see and meet so many of our Titan Orchestra parents this past Monday at Meet the Teacher Night. The presentation for the evening can be found below.
Join your orchestra friends for breakfast, juice, and coffee in the orchestra room before school this Friday. Orchestra students may be dropped off on the Rolater side of CHS and enter through the back door.
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Action: All-Region and All-State Materials

All-Region and All-State are individual competition opportunities that all students are encouraged to prepare for. The process of preparing for an audition teaches goal setting, discipline, problem-solving, and patience. Practicing and preparing challenging music makes students better players and helps develop a continuous growth mindset, whether they audition or not.

Students interested in auditioning for All-Region and/or All-State should start working on the material now with their private lesson teachers. Please take a moment to learn more about the All-Region and All-State process below.

Orchestra Calendar

Stay up to date on all scheduled Orchestra Concerts, Competitions, and Socials by adding our Titan Orchestra Calendar to your Google calendar!

Required Student Supply List

Titan Orchestra Supply List Here

Please have your instrument and supplies, 1" black binder with front pocket, dividers, and zipper bag, by Monday August 15th!

Stay Connected

Please make sure you have added charmsemailsender@charmsmusic.com to your address book.

All students are required to be in their Orchestra's Remind. Parents are encouraged to keep up with regular reminders and updates for Orchestra.

Parents and Students: Click on the link below to join your orchestra's

All students should be registered for their own class Remind!

Beginning of the year forms and fees due Friday 8/18

It has been a great week welcoming our students back and beginning to play new music this week. We are so excited to get to know our new to CHS Orchestra students and support our returning students both in and outside of Orchestra.

Next week, we will review our handbook, expectations, and guidelines with all students. Students renting an instrument will receive a contract for their yearly rental and will be able to view their fee in online school fees soon.

Titan Orchestra has a one-time Activity Fee of $100 for all students or $75 for families with more than one Orchestra student at Centennial. Our fees and expenditures are outlined in our handbook or you can view them here: Titan Orchestra Expenditures You can pay through our Orchestra store through card or e-check by visiting our Titan Orchestra Store.

Any student wishing to enroll in private lessons should turn read and complete the private lesson registration form. Lessons are on a first come, first serve, basis and spots will fill up quickly. Lessons will begin soon!

The Instrument Rental Contract will be sent home with your student next class. If a new one is needed, click the button below. Students will be able to pay their yearly fees through Online School Fees. Watch your e-mail to know when that fee is published and accessible.

Routine Instrument Care

As we get ready to return to Orchestra, it's encouraged for students and families to utilize the repair and maintenance in your rental packages and have your instrument cleaned and adjusted before school returns. String replacement and bow rehairing once a year is ideal in order to get the best possible sound from your instrument!

Reach out to your instrument vendor to set up an appointment and to see if you can drop it off. This can take time as most luthiers are also preparing for the next school year so don't wait!

Booster Club Parent Volunteers Needed for the 2023-2024 School Year!

  • The Centennial Orchestra Booster Club is an integral part of the orchestra’s growth. Parents will donate countless hours to figure out ways to raise money for the Centennial Orchestra. They will volunteer to help out at concerts, receptions, contests; the list goes on and on.

  • Students really enjoy all of the “extra” things that happen in orchestra. We go on trips, have parties, compete in contests, eat lots of food, and so much more! We look forward to maintaining traditions!

  • All of these “extra” things are not free. Students want to see the traditions thrive. They will carry on as long as we have parents to volunteer and help raise the necessary funds to do so.

  • A small number of parents cannot continue to do all of the work for an orchestra this size. The booster club, the Centennial Orchestra, and the directors need help from ALL parents.

  • The orchestra’s school accounts and budget only take care of a very small amount of the monetary needs of the Centennial Orchestra. Fundraising and parent help is essential.

  • Parent volunteers are needed in the following ways:

  • Serving at concert receptions

  • Helping to prepare/set up/serve at the Orchestra Banquet at the end of the year

  • Spring Trip Chaperone

  • Field Trip Chaperone

  • Orchestra Party Chaperone

  • Offering to pick up food or drinks for an orchestra function or party

  • Being a member of the booster club board

  • In order for this orchestra to run efficiently, ALL must contribute. The CHS Orchestra students deserve the best! Parents, you have wonderful children, and they should get to experience every opportunity that the CHS Orchestra has to offer.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Teen Council

The DSO Teen Council is composed of musically passionate teens who plan and execute events and performances designed to build teen interest and audiences for classical music. In addition, they advise DSO artistic leadership on what is important to Dallas area teens, and act as ambassadors for both the DSO and classical music to their friends and peers. Contact Sarah Hatler at s.hatler@dalsym.com for more information! https://www.dallassymphony.org/community-education/dso-teens/dso-teen-council/

Orchestra Technology Resources

Please access any of the resources below if you have questions about Technology in Orchestra