Greeting CMS orchestra students and families!  We are gearing up for another awesome year.  We need to make everyone aware of some upcoming events (ALREADY??!!)

***Open house is Tuesday, 8/14.  There are different times based on your last name.  A-G is 5:00-5:40, H-O is 5:40-6:20, and P-Z is 6:20-7:00.  Come by and see us!

***We have two parent meetings on Thursday, August 23.  The first meeting is for students returning to CMS orchestra from 6-7PM, followed by another meeting for students new to CMS orchestra from 7-8PM.  We need as many parents present as possible, so please make plans.  You may pay your fees at the meeting if you choose.

***Forms and fees are due Friday, August 31st.  If you wish to pay online with PayPal, you may do so anytime.  Fees are the same as last year; $75 all students, and if you are using a school instrument that is an additional $50 for the year.  As always, if finances are an issue please contact us privately and we will work with you.

***The calendar is up.  Please view it on the calendar tab.

That’s all for now.  See you soon!

Sign up for orchestra!

Incoming 6th graders….It’s time to choose your electives!  Please be sure to:

  1.  Sign up for orchestra on your choice card that is sent to CMS.
  2. Come to the CMS incoming 6th grade registration meeting on February 22nd at 7:15-7:45PM in the cafeteria.  We will be set up in the gym to show you all about orchestra and to answer your questions before and after that meeting.  There is no separate orchestra meeting; come meet us in the gym!
  3. Come and try out an instrument on April 11th or April 18th.

To sign up for a time on April 11th:  https://goo.gl/6ukRGy

To sign up for a time on April 18th:  https://goo.gl/eDZdmM

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email at nbrown@mckinneyisd.net or jpowelson@mckinneyisd.net

UIL prep clinic and performance

Don’t forget….students in Concert, Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, and Honors will be performing at the annual UIL orchestra competition next month.  We have been hard at work on these pieces, and will continue to work on polishing them for the contest throughout February.  Each orchestra has a mandatory prep clinic that students must attend in order to be eligible to perform.

Concert Philharmonic prep clinic:  February 23rd from 4pm-7pm.

Sinfonietta prep clinic:  February 24th from 1pm-4pm.

Honors prep clinic:  February 24th from 9am-12:30pm.

These clinics will be taught by Ms. Ruth Kurtis, one of the founders of the MISD orchestra program!  Ms. Kurtis will be polishing and tweaking the performance in her own unique way, so it is imperative that every performer is at these clinics for their orchestra.  This cannot be made up, so please make certain your student will be in attendance for their entire session.

See you soon!

Solo & Ensemble Contest 2/3

Our solo & ensemble contest #1 is coming up on Saturday February 3rd.  The contest will be held at Faubion Middle School.

Beginner orchestra students will perform a solo with piano accompaniment, while students in Concert, Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, and Honors orchestras will perform in ensembles.  This is a summative grade!  The schedule will soon be available.

Please contact Ms. Brown or Mr. Powelson if you have more questions.  We can’t wait to see how many medals the kids will earn!

Play-A-Thon This Weekend!

Our 9th annual MOBC Play-A-Thon fundraiser is coming up on Saturday.  Students from McKinney North, Cockrill, and Johnson will come together and perform for you!  This is a fundraiser for our scholarship fund.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  $10 per person gets you all you can eat pancakes, sausage, milk and juice.  Bottomless coffee is $2.

Students have received their performance times, so they only need to arrive about 15 minutes prior to their ensemble’s performance time.  Of course, you may arrive earlier and enjoy pancakes!  Once your student is done performing, they may leave.

Attire is orchestra t-shirt and jeans.  Come and help support our scholarship fund!  Please see this flyer for more info!

Concert video information

We are so proud of the student’s concert last night.  Thank you so much for all you do to support your students and the orchestra program.  We have been watching the videos during class today, and we wanted to be sure to get this information home to you….please see this flyer with the concert video link.

Everyone did a great job, and we’re going to keep working and progressing.  Thank you again!

Concert on 12/4!

Just a reminder the Holiday Concert will be held at McKinney North High School on Monday, December 4th starting at 7:30PM in the auditorium.  Performers will need to be in the uncasing area by 7:00PM in their concert attire.

Don’t forget that students can earn extra credit by attending the high school’s Holiday Concert which begins at 6:00PM.  Students attending the high school concert can leave their instruments and music in the uncasing area and just enjoy the concert without any extra “stuff” with them.

See you Monday!

Dallas Strings Fall 2017 sale

Twice per year Dallas Strings has a big sale for their current student rental customers.  They give generous discounts on their purchases, and this is a great opportunity to buy an upgraded instrument for your student.  We don’t recommend buying an instrument if your student is still in a smaller sized instrument, only if they are in a full sized instrument.  However, this is the best time of the year to get a great deal on a new purchase!

See this flyer for more info about the sale!

Dress rehearsal and concert info

Our next concert is coming up on December 4th at 7:30PM.  All orchestras will be performing at this concert.  Rehearsal information has gone home with kids via hard copy this week, but here is the same info electronically!

Beginner Full Rehearsal – 11/27 3:45-5:30PM

All beginners will rehearse together at school in the cafeteria.  Home cellos/basses are needed and everyone needs to bring their home music stand.

Dress Rehearsal at MNHS Auditorium – 11/28

All orchestras will have their dress rehearsal on 11/28.  Please see the info below to see the specific rehearsal time.  Concert attire is not required for dress rehearsals.

Concert/Philharmonic – 4:15-5:15

Sinfonietta – 5:15-6:00

Honors – 6:00-7:00

Beginners – 7:00-8:00

Concert Day – 12/4 7:30PM

Students will need to be at MNHS no later than 7PM.  Students will need to be in their concert attire.  Please see the page about concert attire here.  Please contact us if you have any questions about proper concert attire!!

Concert Videos Available

2017 MNHS&CMS Orchestras-FALL FLYER

Congratulations to all the orchestra students who put on the fabulous concert last night at McKinney North High School.  It was a wonderful experience, and we are so proud of the students and all their hard work!  Clicking on the link above will take you to a flyer that has information about buying concert videos that were professionally recorded.

Thank you to all the parents who attended last night and for your support!