Saturday, September 15, 2018

Symphony & Chamber Orchestra Parents: Please Read

Dear Green Valley Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Parents,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! The Chamber and Symphony Orchestras have been hard at work preparing for our first concert. Listed below is information about this performance as well as other important items.

Orchestra Parent Booster Meeting
Our first parent booster meeting will be Monday, September 17 in the Orchestra Room. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and should be done no later than 7:00 p.m. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be discussing upcoming events, fund raising opportunities, ways to get involved to help the orchestra, and spring travel plans for all groups.

Pasta Supper
Our annual Performing Arts Department Pasta Supper will take place on Monday, September 24.  The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will be performing beginning at 5:30. Call time for both orchestras will be 4:00. 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

Orchestra Website
Helpful information about the GVHS Orchestra and our activities will always be posted on our orchestra website. Please consider subscribing to this valuable resource. The address is Once you get to the website it will be very easy to subscribe and start receiving email updates.

Our first fund raiser of the year is selling coupon books from Save Around.  The books are $25.00 and feature discounts from many local and national restaurants and businesses. For every book sold the student earn $10.00 in their account. Students will also have an opportunity to seek sponsors for the orchestra as a fund raiser. I will be providing a sponsor contract to students in the next few weeks. Students can seek donations from individuals or businesses and will earn 100 % of the donation amount in their fund raising account. The business or individual who donates will have their name or business listed in all of our concert programs this year and will be acknowledged on our orchestra website.
Home Practice/Equipment
The importance of consistent 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.  Violin and viola players should be taking their instruments home on a REGULAR basis and ALL cello and bass players should have playable instruments to practice on at home. If this is an issue, please contact me as soon as possible. If your child currently does not have their own instrument, please consider renting one from one of our local music stores. I can certainly make recommendations as to good places to rent for reasonable prices. The best situation for a student is to own or rent their own but if this is not possible, please contact me as soon as possible and I will find a school instrument to loan to your student. In addition to a working instrument at home, all violin and viola players need to have a shoulder rest to use in class daily. It would also be fantastic if every cello and bass player owned their own rock stop to use for concerts. I have shoulder rests available for purchase at school. Violin rests are $15.00 and Viola rests are $20.00. If your child will be using a school instrument at home you will also need to fill out a loan of musical equipment form.

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 and my school phone number is 799-0950 ext. 4063.


Shelly Burger

Green Valley High School Orchestras

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