NCHS Orchestras

...creating lifelong purveyors of music

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Supporting Our Canada Trip Fundraisers

Information was provided to all Canada trip participants regarding upcoming fundraisers, but we thought that even people not going on the trip might be interested in supporting some of these opportunities (who doesn't go grocery shopping or love pancakes & pizza after all???).  

Pizza Ranch Dine To Donate - March 16th & 18th, 5-8 pm

Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser - March 21st, 8-10 am (see a trip participant to get your $5 tickets for all you can eat pancakes!!!)

HyVee Bagging for Tips - March 22nd & 29th (noon - 4 pm), April 25th (10 am - 2 pm), May 2nd (10 am - 2 pm)

IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest Volunteer Lists

The Normal Community High School Music Department is hosting the IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest again this year.  Not only is this a fantastic musical experience for our students, but it is also the largest fundraiser our department collaborates on every other year.  Money from this event helps us purchase investments we share as a department such as uniforms, music stands, pianos, etc.  As we will be moving over 1000 students through our building that day, we need over 120 volunteers to help provide both this musical and financial opportunity for our music students.  There are many different jobs available for both students and parents alike, and we really need to get the lists filled up quickly.  Please click on the links below and donate just a few hours of your time to our students - they are truly a worthy investment!!!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Winter Concert Info

There will be no dress rehearsal for any orchestra on Monday.  Information regarding the concert is as follows:

Date:            Tuesday Dec. 10
Call Time:    6 pm (performance begins at 7)
Dress:          Full concert uniform

Refreshments can be brought to the table in the atrium that night. We are still in need of a couple of people to assist with the refreshment table as well.  Please click here to sign up if you are able to help us out.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal & Cookie Sign Up

The dress rehearsal on the calendar scheduled for Monday Dec 9 (3:30-5:30) will be utilized only for orchestras that still need more rehearsal to prepare for the concert.  An announcement will be made at the end of the week if this applies to any of our orchestras.  Please encourage your student to make a hard push practicing this week!  We are also in need of refreshment donations for our reception after the concert.  Please click here to sign up to bring some holiday cheer and add to December festivities :-) 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Fundraiser Reminder

Don't forget that the cookie dough fundraiser is due on Monday, Nov. 18th.  Please make sure that all checks are made out to Unit 5 Music Parents Association and that everything on the form is filled out and complete.  Payment must be included with the order. Please include all materials in an envelope with the student's name on it. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Spaghetti Supper Concert & Rehearsal Info

Date: Mon. Nov. 11
Performance Time: 6:40 pm
Dress:  New orchestra t-shirt (the black one) and jeans.

We will be having a short rehearsal for each group prior to the event so that they can warm up and briefly practice with the other orchestra they will be performing with. 

5:00-5:20  Chamber & Intermezzo Orchestras
5:30-6:15  Sinfonia & Concert Orchestras
6:20-6:30  All orchestras for tuning
6:40-7:00  Performance

**We still have NCHS Orchestra spots on the volunteer list that need to be filled!!!  Please help us get these filled ASAP - having to run the Spaghetti Supper every 5 years, we know how nervous these unfilled lists are making our choir parents this close to the event...  Volunteering a little bit of your time will help us ensure that feeding 1300 people goes well and brings in money for our music programs!!!**

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Spaghetti & NOPA

Don't forget that all Spaghetti Supper tickets must be purchased by the end of class on Friday. If you and/or your family are planning to eat, please purchase your tickets through us.  It will cost you more at the door that night and with only 150 tickets available for purchase that night, you might leave hungry.  We also have several more spots that need to be filled on the volunteer list for that night.  The shift will not conflict with the orchestras' performances!

**Please note that the tentative NOPA meeting for next week has been cancelled**

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Trip Fundraiser Updates

Shop HyVee this weekend and share the love with the NCHS Orchestra & Choir Toronto trip!  Please feel free to share the flyer with all of your friends and get that Thanksgiving shopping done Saturday or Sunday at the HyVee on 1403 N Veterans.  The flier must accompany you at checkout for us to receive our share of the receipts, and we have more copies at school if you would like them.  Click here to sign up to bag for tips if you and/or a parent are going on the trip.

Cookie dough sales also kicked off yesterday - if your student didn't bring home the info, please see below:

Due Date:  Nov 18, 2019

Product Delivery:   Dec 16, 2019 (MUST arrange for product pick-up after school)

Checks Payable:   Unit 5 Music Parents Association

Payment:  Must be collected at time of order

ILMEA Update

Detailed ILMEA information for those students going to ONU on Nov. 16th will be available soon, but there are a couple of things that we need to take care of ASAP.  Students should bring in $9 cash for lunch that day.  They will have their fill of everything Olivet's cafeteria has to offer, and tickets must be purchased in advance.  The only other option for lunch would be to bring a sack lunch (and students without a ticket may not be allowed into the cafeteria). 

We will transport the students to the festival that day but are assuming that since this is a high-level honors concert, parents will be in attendance and will take students home.  If this is not the case for some reason and your student needs a ride after the concert, we need to know immediately so that we can plan.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hauntcert Thank You's!!!

Huge thank you's go out to the many volunteers (and alumni) who helped make our 25th Hauntcert celebration such a big success!!! It was a fantastic evening and everything from the music to the tech lined up to present a really polished show. We never could have done what we did without the help of so many people and everyone's efforts were so greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for everything you do to help support our student musicians!

Spaghetti Supper Ticket Orders and Volunteer List

If you, your family, or your student would like to eat dinner with us the night of the Spaghetti Supper (Mon. Nov. 11), please print, complete, and return this order form with your money by FRIDAY November, 1st.  A reminder, no one has to pay to hear any performances, only if they choose to eat.  Tickets are more expensive at the door and in a limited quantity.  Order by Friday to ensure you get food!

Our performance will begin at 6:40 pm and information will be posted soon regarding our rehearsal that afternoon after school.  

We are also responsible for providing volunteers to work a shift that evening - please click here and sign up to work the NCHS Orchestra shift from 4:45-6:00 pm.  This is the Unit 5 Music Parents Association's biggest fundraiser of the year and money comes directly back to our music organizations.  Your time is greatly appreciated!!!

Canada Update

Don't forget the deadline to sign up for the choir/orchestra trip to Toronto is Nov. 15th.  You can click here to go to the trip blog that contains all of the necessary information regarding how to sign up, the most updated itinerary, etc. Our first fundraiser (cookie dough) for the trip kicked off today and there are still several spots left for bagging for tips at HyVee this weekend, click here to sign up to help fund your trip!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Last Minute Hauntcert Details

Don't forget that call time is 6:00 pm tomorrow (concert begins at 7:00) and students are wearing their complete uniforms.  Any students staying after school to help with various jobs are more than welcome to hang their uniform in my office, stash some food in my fridge, etc.  We are still in need of more refreshment donations - please click here to let us know if you can help us out.  Refreshments can be dropped off at the tables outside of the auditorium. We would also love to have pictures of the event tomorrow.  Please consider tagging, sharing, etc. pictures that you take to our various orchestra social media sites!  If you have not been to a Hauntcert before please know that this concert is standing room only, if you want a seat you should plan to arrive early...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Hauntcert Refreshment Donations

Time to roll out the post-Hauntcert cookie parade!!!  We need over 65 dozen cookies for the big event. Please use this sign up to let us know if you can help us out with this momentous task of feeding hundreds. All items must be store bought and in their original packaging.  We are also in need of more parents to help us decorate during the Tuesday night dress rehearsal.  Please click here to let us know you're coming!