We are so excited for our Spring Concert Thursday night!

CMS Gym, doors open at 5:45 pm, concert begins at 6:00.

Cockrill Orchestra Alumni will be joining us for our Grand Finale at the end.

Concert will immediately be followed by a picnic (in the cafeteria) hosted by the McKinney Orchestra Booster Club- THANKS, PARENTS!

We’re looking forward to sharing music and memories with you all.

Pride of TX Festival!

This Friday (April 21) permission forms and $10 are due for the Pride of Texas Festival. Thanks to those who have already turned it in!

  • Beginner festival day is next Wednesday April 26.
  • Phil/Sinf/Honors festival day is the following week, Wednesday May 3rd.

Grade eligibility check will be this Friday, so keep those grades up! 

UIL Performance Times

Students are bringing home information about UIL which is taking place at McKinney North HS next week.

Philharmonic:  Wed. 4/5 – Warm up 9:40, Concert 10:10,
Sightreading 10:35

Sinfonietta:  Wed. 4/5 – Warm up 3:20, Concert 3:50,
Sightreading 4:15

Honors:  Thurs. 4/6 – Warm up 12:40, Concert 1:10,
Sightreading 1:35

Please take a look at the paper we sent home today for more specific information about your child’s orchestra class.  As always please email if you have any questions!
Ms. Brown and Mr. Powelson

Instrument selection and sizing 3/1 & 3/2

Thank you to all the parents that came to our meeting last night.  There are multiple steps to be sure your student will be ready to start middle school orchestra next school year, so please click on the tab above “How To Join Orchestra” and follow those steps.

The main step right now is to be sure your student has orchestra as their #1 elective choice on their registration form for Cockrill.  The second main step is to sign up for an appointment for your student to try out and choose an instrument.  Click here for the signup website to choose your time.

As always, feel free to email us if you have questions.  See you soon!

Nicole Brown nbrown@mckinneyisd.net

John Powelson jpowelson@mckinneyisd.net

Incoming 6th grade orchestra parent meeting

If you have an incoming Cockrill 6th grader, please be sure to attend our parent meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at 7PM.  Cockrill is hosting an incoming 6th grade registration meeting at 6PM, so please come over to the orchestra room after that meeting and we will be happy to introduce you to our program and give instructions for the next steps.  We want to welcome you to our program, and answer any questions you have.  If you have any questions now, please email us at nbrown@mckinneyisd.net and jpowelson@mckinneyisd.net and we’ll take care of you.

Also, be sure to click the tab above titled “How to Join Orchestra” for more information about the next steps.  See you soon!


Elementary Recruiting Tour

We have two rehearsals for all the 7th/8th grade students performing in the Elementary Recruiting Tour.  The tour is during the school day on Friday, January 20th.  The rehearsal dates are Wednesday January 11th and January 18th from 4-6PM in the cafeteria.  All students who want to go on the tour need to attend both of the rehearsals!!  We will be going to lunch after the tour, at a location to be announced.  The McKinney Orchestra Booster Club will cover the cost of the lunch for students!  A flyer will be going home later this week with more specific information.

Orchestra Night at the Theater!

Our next Orchestra social event is to go see the CMS Theater’s production of School of Rock! Please join us next Wednesday, November 9th to support our friends performing in this awesome musical.

Tickets are $5 and include an In-n-Out Burger (or grilled cheese) meal! You can pre-purchase tickets from any drama student, or purchase tickets at the door. This should be a really fun night, and we’d love to have a huge Orchestra cheering section in the audience!

The show begins at 7pm, but eating yummy burgers begins at 6pm. We will take an estimated head count on Monday so In-n-Out knows how much food to prepare, and we know how many seats to reserve.

Hope to see you there!

-Ms. Brown and Mr. Powelson

Fundraiser Update

 ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS TO SHOP! We have not yet met our sales goal, and EVERY sale directly benefits OUR Orchestra kids. Please give those out of town friends and family a chance to shop for a great cause! Forward the email you received this morning, post on your Facebook page, or cut and paste the info below into your own message!
Sales go through Monday (Oct. 31) and all orders are due to the Orchestra Office by Tuesday, November 1st.
Just click here to shop & support us! Please make sure our ID# 241198 and seller name are entered at the top right corner.
Happy Shopping,
McKinney Orchestra Booster Club

Fundraiser Fun!

Don’t forget to keep selling! If you need additional catalogs, order forms, or leave-behind order forms, let us know. Our next prize drawing (for anyone who has sold 5+ items) is Tuesday, October 25th. Every 5 items gets your name in the drawing again. Also, 30+ items earns you a free invite to our MOST AMAZING PARTY EVER. Sales go through Monday, October 31, so we have exactly one week to go!

Click here for the direct CMSO FUNDRAISER LINK