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!


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:

To sign up for a time on April 18th:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email at or

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!