Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IMPORTANT: Symphony & Chamber Orchestra Newsletter

Dear Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Parents,

Thank you for your support at our recent Open House performance and parent booster meeting. The orchestra is now preparing for our second performance. Included in this letter is information you will need for this performance as well as some of the items discussed at the parent booster meeting.

Pasta Supper
Our annual Performing Arts Department Pasta Supper will take place on Wednesday, October 7.  The band will be hosting a silent auction starting at 5:30 with dinner being served starting at 6:00 p.m. Both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will be performing beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. Call time for both orchestras will be 4:00 p.m. The orchestra concerts will be followed by a performance by the GVHS Marching Band and the GVHS Choirs Fall Concert. The dinner of salad, rolls, pasta marinara, chicken parmigiana, and cake is being catered by Ventano’s Italian Restaurant. Tickets for the Pasta Supper may be purchased for $10.00 pre-sale and $12.00 at the door. In addition, students will receive $3.00 in their fund raising account for every pre-sale ticket sold. All students will need to be in uniform for this performance and all other formal concerts during the year. A reminder of concert uniform is below:
Girls                                                                Boys
Floor length GVHS black dress                      Black long sleeve dress shirt
Black stockings or tights                                 Black dress or tux pants
Black dress shoes                                            Black long tie
Black dress shoes and socks
Black jacket
We will have several fundraising activities throughout the school year. Students currently have the opportunity to sell add space for our concert programs. The deadline is past for the Pasta Supper program but there are three programs remaining. For every ad the student sells he/she earns 75% of the ad cost in their fundraising accounts. As a bonus for any ad that a family member purchases the student will earn 100% of the ad cost in their fundraising accounts. We will be starting a caramel apple fundraiser in a few weeks. Your students will be bringing an order form and will have about week to sell apples. The apples will be delivered October 28 in time for Halloween celebrations.

Monday Rehearsals
We will begin Monday full Symphony rehearsals on either October 19 or October 26.  I will confirm the start day in early October. Rehearsal time is from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Students will be given a full schedule at the first rehearsal but we rehearse pretty much every Monday afternoon and Tuesdays during Early Bird class (if the student does not have another Early Bird class). As this is our only time to play with the wind players it is extremely important that we have all students in attendance on a regular basis. Please do everything in your power to not schedule appointments or events for your students on Monday afternoons.

Winter Concert Raffle
The parent booster club will be holding a raffle at our Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 9. We are currently looking for prizes for this raffle. If you have connections with local businesses (restaurants, coffee houses, show tickets, etc) we would appreciate you seeking donations from them. We will also be providing a donation letter in a few weeks to use when soliciting donations.

Home Practice
The importance of home practice cannot be stressed enough.  Please encourage your student to set a regular practice time and to share with you what they are working on in their orchestra class. Our full Symphony music will be quite a challenge for most of our students so regular practice is a must!

Class Fees/ Handbook Paperwork
Please try to take care of any paperwork and/or class fees that have not been paid yet as soon as you can. All fees and paperwork were due in mid-September but we still have several students who have not taken care of these items. If you are having difficulties with the fee, please contact me to make arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support of the GVHS Orchestra program. I am extremely grateful to be teaching such outstanding students and I look forward to many wonderful performances with them.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have.  My email is sab564@interact.ccsd.net and my school phone number is 799-0950 ext. 4063.


Shelly Burger

Green Valley High School Orchestras

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