One week from today - Tuesday, October 3 is our Fall Concert!
Because our program is growing, we can no longer fit all orchestra families in the auditorium at once. This is a good problem! There will be two concerts Tuesday evening. The first concert will be for Philharmonic, Concert and Sinfonietta. This concert will begin at 6:30 pm. The second concert will be for Symphony and Chamber. We will begin at 7:45 pm.
Directions for student arrival: Students are expected to report to the orchestra room at the designated time for their orchestra. Students are expected to arrive in their formal uniform. Arriving and changing will result in grade deduction. Additional directions about uniforms and concert expectations can be found in the ORHS Orchestra Handbook.
Arrival times by orchestra:
Philharmonic - 5:50 pm Symphony - 7:15 pm
Concert - 6:00 pm Chamber - 7:25 pm
Sinfonietta - 6:15 pm
Ladies: Ladies should be in their formal black dress with close toed black dress shoes. Open toed sandals and flip flops are not allowed. Women should wear black tights, pantyhose or knee-highs. These can be purchased at the grocery store for an inexpensive price. Nails should be short and pale, make-up should be tasteful and not distracting, jewelry should be minimal and hair should be styled away from the face.
Men: Men should wear their white dress shirt, black dress pants and black jacket. Men should wear black dress shoes and black dress socks. White socks are not acceptable. Bow ties and cumberbunds will be distributed in the orchestra room when attendance is taken.
Let’s help our community!!!
The ORHS Orchestra Program is doing their part to help with Hurricane Harvey relief! Students are asked to bring canned food and other non-perishable food items. Items will be directly given to people in need. The drive ends on Friday, October 6th!!
We hope that this week back to school has been smooth for everyone. It’s been great to see kids in the orchestra room and help them get back into the swing of things – music definitely helps make that happen! In an effort to keep everyone on the same page, we wanted share some dates and important information.
Monday, September 11 ORHS Open House/Parent Information Night
Look forward to seeing you there!!!
Week of 9/11-15 Formal Uniform distribution, Officer Elections
Please understand the uniform policy in the orchestra handbook.
Wed/Thurs, Sept. 13/14 Scale Exam for all classes
Scale assignments for each class are on the orchestra website.
Friday, September 15 Orchestra Social from 3:30 – 8:00 in ORHS Orchestra room
Fun time for all students – come one and all!!
Wed/Thurs, Sept 20/21 Chair Exam for all classes
Saturday, September 23 Region/All-State *FREE* Workshop
College Park High School from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Register with the link below by SEPTEMBER 18th at 5:00 pm. https://goo.gl/forms/LJJtppXlyeoPLZO33
This is led by members of the Houston Symphony.
Monday, October 2 Orchestra Fees due
Tuesday, October 3 Orchestra Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 4 Region Performance Exam for Symphony & Chamber
A note about the orchestra activity and maintenance fees: when the calendar was originally made – fees were to be due by September 15th. However, with the hardship of Hurricane Harvey, fees will now be due October 2nd. We hope that this helps alleviate some stress as families try to get back on their feet. As always, if there are any financial circumstances that make paying these fees difficult, please reach out to the directors. We are happy to help and find a solution, but we can’t help if we aren’t aware of a problem.
If you are new to Oak Ridge, student fees are able to be paid online through the school web store. Parents are able to log into the account for their student and pay any outstanding fees. Our finance office workers have to load fees for 4,500 students, so that is why the web store is not working yet. The hurricane also pushed us back on getting everything up and running online. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. As soon as the web store is current and working, we will happily let you know. They have an enormous job and we are thankful for their support of our program!! If you would rather pay with a check, please wait to send the check with your student to school until the finance office is ready to accept payment.
IMPORTANT: Checks need to have the student’s name and their six-digit ID number, as well as the parent’s driver license number. Please do NOT pay orchestra fees on Charms – but instead on the ORHS website. Fees paid in Charms will not go to the proper account and cannot be refunded.
Looking forward to meeting you all soon,
Mindy Florian Pedro Funez
Orchestra Director Assistant Orchestra Director