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AHS ORCHESTRA UPDATE: 09.24.2022

Please visit our website: www.ahsorchestra.com and see the many resources, links, and information it provides you about the AHS Orchestra program!!

1. FIRST BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – TUES, SEP 27

2. REQUIRED ORCHESTRA MATERIALS – DUE MONDAY

3. LAST CHANCE – PROGRAM AD SALES – DUE MONDAY

4. FALL CONCERT: WED, OCT 12 

5. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

6. UNIFORM CHECK/HEM

1. FIRST BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – TUES, SEP 27

Our first Booster Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm in the Orchestra Room. This is such an important organization for our orchestra program. When everyone pitches in things go so much faster! Please park in the lot by the baseball fields and come in the back door. 

2. REQUIRED ORCHESTRA MATERIALS – NO MORE LOANERS

It is imperative that students have all their materials by Monday. We will no longer be issuing loaner materials. 

Every student, whether they own or rent an instrument, must have the following materials:

  • Shoulder Rest (for 4/4 size for violin OR 15-16 inch size viola)
  • Rosin 
    • Sherman, D’Addario, Bernadel, Kaplan, Pirastro, Magic, or Hidersine brand recommended for VIOLIN, VIOLA, and CELLO
    • Nyman, Kolstein, Pops, or Carlsson brand recommended for BASS
  • Music Stand for home practice (foldable or not)
  • Stool of appropriate height for home practice (for BASS)

3.  LAST CHANCE – PROGRAM AD SALES 

We have a few mParents wishing to purchase a Shout-Out for their student or advertise their business in our concert program may do so by submitting the Ad Sales Program form found on our Orchestra Website.  All money and forms must be turned in no later than September 16.  Each advertisement purchased also includes a complimentary listing on our orchestra website and weekly update, and will be featured in PowerPoint format before each major concert.  Please contact Mrs. Mour at smour@aisd.net if you are interested in purchasing an ad space. 

4. FALL CONCERT – WED, OCT 12

Mark your calendars. Our first concert is Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm at the beautiful AISD Center for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). Students will report directly to the CVPA for the concert. Call times will be announced soon. All AHS concerts for the next two years will be held at the CVPA while AHS is being renovated. 

5. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

The Orchestra Booster Club is looking for new members for general membership and to fill leadership positions for the 2022-2023 school year. The Booster club members work together to put on events for our orchestra students. Please contact Dr. Chapman at kchapman@aisd.net if you are interested in helping. 

6. UNIFORM CHECK/HEM

Everyone has been fitted for a uniform and should have taken them home. Please hem/dart/pin clothes as needed but please DO NOT remove/cut away any material. Here is a link for how-to hem. If you don’t know how to sew (I don’t either) just use safety pins instead of straight pins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P02Mne95-s8

AHS Orchestra Update – 08.26.22

1. REQUIRED PARENT MEETING – WED, AUG 31

2. HONORS CREDIT APPLICATIONS DUE MON, AUG 29

3. OFFICER MEETING – TUES, AUG 30

4. REQUIRED ORCHESTRA MATERIALS 

5. PRIVATE INSTRUMENT RENTAL UPGRADES

6. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

7. PROGRAM AD SALES BEGIN – DUE SEPT. 16


1. REQUIRED PARENT MEETING – WED, AUG 

The Orchestra Required Parent Meeting is Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. All students must attend accompanied by  one parent/guardian; please no older siblings. We will discuss all protocols, procedures, and events in addition to providing you copies of the Orchestra Handbook and Forms. 

2. HONORS CREDIT APPLICATIONS DUE MON, AUG 29

10-12 grade students may choose to receive Honor Credit for Orchestra through completion of extra assignments, projects, etc. This has the potential to increase their GPA and move them higher in class rank. Students interested in receiving Honor Credit must submit the Honors Credit Application to Dr. Chapman on Monday, August 29 no later than 3:30 pm.  

3. OFFICER MEETING – TUES, AUG 30

We will have an Orchestra Officer meeting on Tuesday, August 30 during lunch in the Orchestra Room.

4. REQUIRED ORCHESTRA MATERIALS

Every student, whether they own or rent an instrument, must have the following materials:

  • Shoulder Rest (for 4/4 size for violin OR 15-16 inch size viola)
  • Rosin 
    • Sherman, D’Addario, Bernadel, Kaplan, Pirastro, Magic, or Hidersine brand recommended for VIOLIN, VIOLA, and CELLO
    • Nyman, Kolstein, Pops, or Carlsson brand recommended for BASS
  • Music Stand for home practice (foldable or not)
  • Stool of appropriate height for home practice (for BASS)

5. PRIVATE INSTRUMENT RENTAL UPGRADES

If you began a rental contract while your child was in Junior High or Elementary, many times the rental company will start you off with a beginner instrument that is sturdier and can withstand “treatment” by younger children.  As your child moves on to high school or progresses in high school, we highly recommend that you revisit your rental company for a step-up instrument (including a step-up bow and case) that will perform with a more mature sound and facilitate advanced skill development.  Size should be reconsidered as well, especially for viola, cello and bass players.  If you’d like help navigating this process, please reach out to Mrs. Mour at smour@aisd.net

6. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

The Orchestra Booster Club is looking for new members for general membership and to fill leadership positions for the 2022-2023 school year. The Booster club members work together to put on events for our orchestra students. Please contact Dr. Chapman at kchapman@aisd.net if you are interested in helping. 

7. PROGRAM AD SALES BEGIN – DUE SEPT. 16

Parents wishing to purchase a Shout-Out for their student or advertise their business in our concert program may do so by submitting the Ad Sales Program form found on our Orchestra Website.  All money and forms must be turned in no later than September 16.  Each advertisement purchased also includes a complimentary listing on our orchestra website and weekly update, and will be featured in PowerPoint format before each major concert.  Please contact Mrs. Mour at smour@aisd.net if you are interested in purchasing an ad space.

AHS Orchestra Update – 08.19.22

We had an absolutely amazing first week! It was so wonderful to see all our returning orchestra members and so many new freshman faces! This is going to be a great year! 

1. HONORS CREDIT MEETING – MON, AUG 22

2. REQUIRED PARENT MEETING – WED, AUG 31

3. SYMPHONY AFTER-SCHOOL REHEARSALS START MONDAY

4. REGION/ALL-STATE AUDITION MATERIALS AVAILABLE

5. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

6. PRIVATE INSTRUMENT RENTAL UPGRADES

7. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS


1. HONORS CREDIT MEETING – MON, AUG 22

10-12 grade students may choose to receive Honor Credit for Orchestra through completion of extra assignments, projects, etc. This has the potential to increase their GPA and move them higher in class rank. Students interested in receiving Honor Credit must come to the REQUIRED Honors Credit Meeting in the Orchestra Room on Monday, August 22 during B lunch. 

2. REQUIRED PARENT MEETING – WED, AUG 31

The Orchestra Required Parent Meeting is Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. All students must attend accompanied by  one parent/guardian; please no older siblings. We will discuss all protocols, procedures, and events in addition to providing you copies of the Orchestra Handbook and Forms. 

3. SYMPHONY AFTER-SCHOOL REHEARSALS START MONDAY

Symphony after-school rehearsals begin Monday, August 22 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Students were given a full schedule for Fall 2022 on the first day of school. 

4. REGION/ALL-STATE AUDITION MATERIALS AVAILABLE

Region/All-State Audition music is available. Please see Ms. Walker for more information. 

5. REQUIRED ORCHESTRA MATERIALS

Every student, whether they own or rent an instrument, must have the following materials:

  • Shoulder Rest (for 4/4 size for violin OR 15-16 inch size viola)
  • Rosin 
  • Sherman, D’Addario, Bernadel, Kaplan, Pirastro, Magic, or Hidersine brand recommended for VIOLIN, VIOLA, and CELLO
  • Nyman, Kolstein, Pops, or Carlsson brand recommended for BASS
  • Music Stand for home practice (foldable or not)
  • Stool of appropriate height for home practice (for BASS)

6. PRIVATE INSTRUMENT RENTAL UPGRADES

If you began a rental contract while your child was in Junior High or Elementary, many times the rental company will start you off with a beginner instrument that is sturdier and can withstand “treatment” by younger children.  As your child moves on to high school or progresses in high school, we highly recommend that you revisit your rental company for a step-up instrument (including a step-up bow and case) that will perform with a more mature sound and facilitate advanced skill development.  Size should be reconsidered as well, especially for viola, cello and bass players.  If you’d like help navigating this process, please reach out to Mrs. Mour at smour@aisd.net

7. ORCH BOOSTER CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERSThe Orchestra Booster Club is looking for new members for general membership and to fill leadership positions for the 2022-2023 school year. The Booster club members work together to put on events for our orchestra students. Please contact Dr. Chapman at kchapman@aisd.net if you are interested in helping.