CRHS Orchestra E-News

April 16th

From our CRHSOF President

The CRHS Orchestra Friends Executive Board is looking for volunteers for three open executive board positions for the 2021-22 school year. They are VP Ways and Means (fundraising), Hospitality (food catering needs) and Banquet coordinator (managing end-of-year banquet in May 2022). Orchestra Friends provides for orchestra students' extra classroom needs, social activities and more. If you are interested in helping or would like to know more, please contact Linda Mei at

Audition Music for 2021-2022 CRHS Orchestras

Audition material for placement in next year's orchestra classes is now available on CANVAS. Only students signed up for orchestra for the 2021-2022 school year need to prepare this music. All students who are signed up for orchestra must participate in the audition.

Auditions will once again be virtual. All auditioning students will complete a questionnaire, as well as submit a video of them playing the audition music.

The deadline to submit auditions is May 1st. A link to the google form will be provided in next week's newsletter.

Good luck to all of those auditioning.

UIL Information

Here is information regarding UIL Contest and Sight Reading for this school year. This information may change at any time before the date of the Contest.

Sinfonia, Sinfonietta, and Chamber Orchestras are participating in UIL for this year.

UIL Contest will be held Tuesday April 20th at Jordan High School for Sinfonia. Wednesday April 21st, and Thursday April 22nd at Paetow High School for Sinfonietta, and Chamber orchestras.

Students are expected to travel by bus.

Transportation waivers are available to families who are able to transport their child to UIL.

Parents may not attend the Performance or Sight Reading.

UIL Information

The schedule of UIL events has been released. Please see below for each performing group's schedule.

Sinfonia UIL- Tuesday April 20th @ Jordan High School

Sinfonietta UIL - Thursday April 22nd @ Paetow High School

Chamber UIL- Wednesday April 21st @ Paetow High School

Chamber will miss 2nd-6th Period Wednesday April 21st

8:12am- Change into formal uniform

8:30am- KVA students arrive @ CRHS

8:35am- Rehearsal @ CRHS

10:00am- Leave for Paetow HS

10:30am- Arrive Paetow HS

10:50am- Warm Up

11:30am- Performance

12:00pm- Sight Reading

12:45pm- Return to CRHS

1:35pm- Return to 7th Period

Sinfonietta will miss 3rd-7th Period Thursday April 22nd

9:30- Dismissed from class

10:00am- Lunch/Change to formal uniform

10:30am- KVA students arrive @ CRHS

10:45am- Depart for Paetow HS

11:15am- Arrive @ Paetow HS

11:40am- Warm Up

12:25pm- Performance

1:00pm- Sight Reading

1:30pm- Load bus for CRHS

2:00pm- Arrive @ CRHS, and change out of formal uniform

2:35pm- Dismissed from School

Sinfonia will miss 4th-7th Period Tuesday April 20th

10:35am- Dismissed from class

10:32am- Lunch/Change into formal uniform

11:00am- KVA students arrive @ CRHS

11:30am- Depart for Jordan HS

11:50am- Students who have opted out of bus arrive @ Jordan HS (stay in vehicle until 12:20pm)

12:20pm- Warm Up

1:00pm- Performance

1:30pm- Sight Reading

2:00pm- Return to CRHS

2:20pm- Arrive @ CRHS

2:35pm- Dismissed from school

Texas Tech Summer Orchestra Camp

Texas Tech is offering a summer camp for interested High School Orchestra students. Students at CRHS are encouraged to look in to this unique opportunity.
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UIL and Spring Concert Rehearsals

All orchestras will start after school rehearsals to prepare for the UIL and Spring Concert the week following spring break. Please see the schedule below.

Students participating in UIL have been asked to turn in their Consent to Travel Forms which were passed out at last week's rehearsal, or available in this newsletter.

Camerata Monday 3:15pm-4:15pm

Sinfonia Monday 4:30pm-5:30pm

Phliharmonia Maroon Tuesday 3:15pm-4:15pm

Sinfonietta Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm

Chamber Wednesday 3:15pm-4:15pm

Philharmonia White Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Friends Scholarship

Seniors, please review the criteria for the 2021 Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Friends Scholarship requirements, and apply for this year's awards. Every year the Orchestra Boosters offers Scholarships for qualifying Senior Members. Seniors please take advantage of this opportunity.

Private Lessons

Now is a great time to enroll in Private lessons for all instruments. One on one instruction is very valuable at this time. Paganini School is a great place for Private Lessons in the Katy area. Many teachers are offering virtual lessons. Other instructors have Availability my be limited. Sign up soon!

We now have more instructors interested in teaching students from the CRHS orchestra. Please take advantage of the local talent in our community. Rates may vary by instructor. Online lessons are available.

Tracy Gibler, violin 817 917-5546

Jim McLeland, Violin 832-264-7833

Yuliya Kim, Cello 917-741-0075

Francisco Garay, Cello 713 998-5232 (CRHS Alum)

Rebecca Tompkins, Viola 281-4907

Vicky Perez, Cello 832-469-1127

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