Join our Remind text list

REMIND TEXTS: If you haven’t already joined the remind group for your child’s class, here’s how to join:

Send a text message to the number 81010
In the body of the text, type the following for the class you need to join:

@CMSO6th (Beginner Orchestra)
@CMSOPHIL (Philharmonic Orchestra)
@CMSOSINF (SInfonietta Orchestra)
@CMSOHONORS (Honors Orchestra)

Once you’ve joined, it will prompt you to put in your name. First name last initial is fine. Next it will prompt you to indicate if you are a student, parent, or teacher. If a student signs up, they are asked to tell their age. Follow the format and it will most likely notify the parent their child is signing up for Remind. We have disabled all internal messaging so please don’t try to message us from within Remind!

Once you’re signed up, it may prompt you to download the app. It’s free, and easy to use if you are on multiple Remind lists.

We will use Remind for reminders about rehearsals, social events, special events, and we also use them for traffic updates when we are travelling. It’s especially useful when we take our NRH2O trip!

Let us know if you have any questions!

Welcome Back To School!

We are super excited to see you all in a few weeks! In the meantime, we wanted to share some information for our new and returning CMS orchestra members:

  • Please visit the calendar page to see the events we currently have scheduled for the year. The NRH2O event dates may change, and we will make those changes known as soon as the calendar is finalized.
  • Each student in Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, and Honors will need a method book for use in class. Dallas Strings has these in stock, and Amazon may have them as well, but be careful when ordering online – be sure to read the description and order for the correct instrument.
  • Philharmonic: Essential Elements Book 2 for your instrument.
  • Sinfonietta: String Basics Book 2 for your instrument.
  • Honors: Muller-Rusch Book 3 for your instrument.

Also, be sure that your student has their next level Suzuki book for their instrument (EXCEPT BASS!)

Students in BEGINNER ORCHESTRA need to be sure their instrument rental is secured through Dallas Strings as soon as possible. Dallas Strings is able to deliver both the instrument and supply kit to Cockrill, provided you order it soon. Please click this link to visit their website to set up your rental. If you did not come to our instrument selection nights and did not get sized, go ahead and order a 3/4 size violin and we will have the correct size swapped out if it turns out that 3/4 is incorrect.

See you soon! Please email either of us if you have any questions!

Incoming 6th graders joining orchestra? Come see us!

We are so excited to meet all of our future orchestra students! Here are the steps to join us!

  • Be sure that you put orchestra as choice number “1” on your course selection sheet.
  • Sign up for one of our two instrument sizing and selection dates:

Saturday April 13th 9AM-1PM:

Tuesday April 16th 4:15-7:30:

Taking orchestra will not only help you learn a new instrument, but you will also learn many college preparation skills! You will learn commitment, grit, rigor, organization, high personal standards, and most of all you will be setting yourself up for future success in anything you do. There are other ways to learn these skills, however our way helps you develop a love of music and most of all can lead to a college scholarship!

Snap Raise Fundraiser Coming Soon

Our fundraiser this year will be through Snap Raise.  Snap has been very successful with many local organizations and music programs, and we’re excited to work with them this year.  Our fundraiser will start on December 4th, and will run through Christmas.  Below is the letter parents will receive today in preparation for our kickoff next week.


We will be kicking off our Snap! Raise campaign next week with Brandon, our local rep. Snap is an online donation campaign that allows our program to receive donations from our networks and supporters. Snap uses the power of email, text, and social media with a safe, fun and interactive approach. All we ask is that each parent/guardian help their student gather 20 or more email addresses of their biggest fans. Please review the info below to see just how impactful this campaign can be for us.

*Your contacts are strictly private and protected, and never sold or shared.*

Snap Fact Overview:

  1. Safe and Protected – Snap! Raise is the safest online donation campaign available. All data is private and neverredistributed.
  2. Online donation platform– Reach donors via email, social media, and text so they can visit our page and seamlessly donate.
  3. Email Strategy –All supporters will receive a receipt for their gift that may be tax deductible, included with a personalized thank you from the student. There are three reminder emails sent to donors, with an option to unsubscribe.
  4. Network – Snap’s platform and process is what makes their campaigns so successful. It allows an extensive reach across communities by providing options to connect with multiple donors and their social networks, maximizing our raising efforts.

The Story behind Snap Raise:

Snap Raise Coach Testimonial:

Winter Concert 12/3/18 and dress rehearsal info

Our Winter Concert is approaching fast!  The next CMS orchestra concert will be on Monday, December 3rd at 7:30PM at McKinney North HS in the auditorium.  Call time for students is 7PM, and this will be the first concert for our beginners.

We have sent home documents about our rehearsal schedule and the concert schedule, and they are available online.  Concert details are HERE and a detailed explanation of our different rehearsals can be found HERE.

Please be sure to visit our page about Concert Attire to be sure your students have what they need for the concert.  Looking forward to another awesome performance!

Costume party 10/26

Our annual costume party is coming soon!  Friday, 10/26 3:45-5:00PM and kids can wear their costumes.  Students can bring their costume and change into it after school.  Students cannot wear their costume to school the day of the party, so please be sure your student understands that.  We will have time for games and time for food, and of course, the costume contest!  Please plan on a 5:00PM pickup when the party is over.  Thank you!!

Here are the costume guidelines:

Weapons (even fake) are never allowed

-No blood/gore

-No fake wounds

Dress code is still enforced

-No scary clowns

Since this is an AFTER SCHOOL party, we are allowing masks, but when dressing up for Halloween next Wednesday, be aware that masks are not allowed in school on that day.

Parent meeting info now available

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to meet us and learn more about the orchestra program at CMS.  The PDF version of our handbook, along with the powerpoint we went through can be downloaded below.

Parent Meeting 2018

Handbook 2018-19

If you have not signed up for our Remind text list, please do so following these instructions:

Text your class code below to 81010:
@cmso6th (BEGINNER Orchestra members & parents)
@cmsophil(PHILHARMONIC Orchestra members & parents)
@cmsosinf(SINFONIETTA Orchestra members & parents)
@cmsohonors(HONORS Orchestra members & parents)

As always, feel free to email us if you have any questions!