NCHS Orchestras

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Cake Roll Delivery This Friday!

Don't forget that cake roll delivery is this Friday, April 12 from 3:30-5:00 in the orchestra room. ALL orders must be picked up by the student or parent during that time frame as there is no cold storage available.  Doors J around the back of the building will be unlocked at 3:30 for your convenience. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Cake Roll Fundraiser Reminder

Don't forget that all cake roll orders are due on Monday, April 1st (no joke!).  All checks should be made payable to Unit 5 Music Parents and fundraiser materials should be brought to school in an envelope with the student's name on the front.  Please make sure that all columns on the order form have been tallied, the student's name is on the form, and a parent cell number is included on the form.  Cake roll delivery is Friday, April 12 and all orders must be picked up by the student or parent in the orchestra room from 3:30-5 pm.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Unit Orchestra Information



Here is the most current information regarding upcoming Unit Orchestra events.  Please remember that this concert involves all orchestras EXCEPT Chamber Orchestra.





Event:  Unit Rehearsal #1
Date:  Wed. Mar. 13
Time:  4-6 pm
Location:  NCHS cafeteria
Misc:  Students will need to be available immediately after school to help set up the event.  Please ensure that there is a ride waiting for students at 6:00. Any cellists who get a ride to school in the morning should plan on bringing their instruments.  ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BRING A FOLDING MUSIC STAND LABELED WITH THEIR NAME.

Event:  Unit Rehearsal #2
Date:  Mon. Mar. 18
Time:  4-6 pm
Location:  Normal Community WEST High School main gym
Misc:  Students will be dismissed from school 5 min early to avoid parking lot traffic at the end of the day and MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO WEST.  They should go straight there and need to have their instrument out and be in their seat ready to go before 4 pm.  Please make sure that they are picked up promptly at 6. All cellists should plan on having their own instruments for this rehearsal.  ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BRING A FOLDING MUSIC STAND LABELED WITH THEIR NAME.

Event:  Unit Orchestra Concert
Date:  Tues. Mar. 19
Call Time: 6:15 pm
Concert Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  Normal Community WEST High School main gym
Dress:  Concert uniform
Misc:  All cellists should plan on having their own instrument for this concert.  ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BRING A FOLDING MUSIC STAND LABELED WITH THEIR NAME.  The concert will feature 5th grade and high school and is always crowded.  Get your seats early!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Winter Concert Pictures

The yearbook staff has recently contacted us and would like to know if anyone has any pictures from the winter concert.  If you have any photos, please email Mrs. Siebenthal as soon as possible and we will figure out a way to get them shared/transferred.

Unit Orchestra Change

There has been an update to the calendar regarding the Unit Orchestra concert rehearsal schedule (this concert involves all orchestras EXCEPT Chamber orchestra).  The time scheduled for the rehearsal on Mar. 18th has changed.  Instead of rehearsing in the evening, the rehearsal will be from 4-6 pm.  Students will be released from class at 3:25 to get a jump on the parking lot traffic, but ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED TO SECURE A RIDE TO NORMAL WEST THAT AFTERNOON.  Please update your calendar and make sure that you start working on securing transportation that day.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Chipotle Fundraiser

Don't forget about the Chipotle fundraiser Tuesday night (Feb. 5) at the Chipotle at 1601 E. College from 5-9 pm.  Show the flyer on your phone or simply mention that you are there for the NCHS Orchestra program.  Let's pep up our Febuary with some burritos!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Concert and Rehearsal Update

There will be no dress rehearsal for any orchestra after school on Wednesday, Dec. 5th.  Please don't forget that students will be tested over their concert material the day after the concert!

Call time for the concert on Thursday, Dec. 6th will be 6:00 pm.  Students are expected to have their instruments out and be ready to tune at that time.  Dress for the concert is the uniform.  Please make sure that socks/nylons and shoes are ALL black.

The refreshment donation list still has some openings for people to assist with working the tables after the concert.  Please consider signing up and helping keep the cookies and punch flowing :-)

Please make sure that you have worked out a plan with your student for Butter Braid pick-up on Friday after school from 3:30-5:00 pm.  We need to know asap which students are planning to take fundraising materials on the bus with them so that we are able to make sure that they can pick their orders up quickly and not miss their bus.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dress Rehearsal Info and Concert Refreshment List

Wednesday's dress rehearsal (Dec. 5) will be utilized for any classes who need some additional time to be prepared for the Dec. 6th concert.  Students will be informed by Tuesday at the end of their class whether or not they will need to utilize that rehearsal.  If the rehearsal is needed, it will be from 3:30-5:00 pm.

The refreshment donation list is now available for our concert.  Please consider donating some items so that everyone can enjoy a little holiday cheer after our performance!

Don't forget that Butter Braid pick-up will be on Dec. 7th from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Students with smaller orders may pick up their product directly after school and ride home with it on the bus if deemed appropriate by their parent.  Students with larger orders must make arrangements to have their product picked up during the specified time - we have no storage options. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Best wishes to our 13 orchestra students participating in the ILMEA District 3 festival at Olivet Nazarene University this Saturday. Those students participating were given a handout at school today regarding the festival. Parents may click here for another copy of the information.  Please let us know immediately if a parent is unable to attend the concert and your student will need a ride home!

Monday, November 12, 2018

U5 Orchestra Spirit Wear

Unit 5 Orchestra spirit wear is now available in a variety of different styles (hoodies, t-shirts, flannel pants, etc.) and colors.  You can click here to be directed to the online order form.  ALL ORDERS ARE DUE BY SUN. NOV. 18th.  These would make great holiday gifts - just email Siebs if you want your order to be a surprise!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Butter Braid Fundraiser

The NCHS Orchestra Butter Braid sale has officially kicked off!!!  Information and order forms were sent home with students on Wednesday.  All orders and monies are due back by Nov. 26th.  All items sold MUST be picked up on Friday in the orchestra room between 3:30-5:00 PM.  Click here for more information. We are continuing to raise money to replenish orchestra funds after the purchase of our new uniforms and Butter Braid requires us to sell a minimum of 100 units in order to receive not only our profit bonus, but the ability to have all of our items shipped bundled together by individual student orders.  Offer your friends, family, and colleagues the opportunity to purchase some puffed pastry goodness for the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Great Opportunity for Students!!!

Bloomington-Normal orchestra students have just been presented with a great opportunity to hear some fantastic live music by two of Central Illinois' premier musicians. The fastest way to grow a musician is to listen to professionals, and there is NO substitute for hearing professionals in a live setting. 


The recital will be Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in The Music Shoppe's recital hall.  All are welcome and the recital is free of charge.

The program will feature the following works:  Sonata in G Major, K.301 by W. A. Mozart, Three Romances, Op. 22 by Clara Schumann, Five Madrigal Stanzas by Czechoslovakian composer Bohuslav Martinu, and Sonata No. 2 in G, Op. 13 by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Marcia Henry Liebenow, Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Bradley University.  She leads a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist.

As a pianist and collaborative artist, Andrea Molina has been an official accompanist for music organizations and ensembles across the country as well as serving as the principal pianist for the Peoria Ballet, Heartland Festival Orchestra and Peoria Symphony where she has appeared as guest soloist.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Updated Spaghetti Supper Information

Date: Mon. Nov. 12
Performance Time:  6:40 pm
Dress:  New orchestra t-shirt (the long sleeve 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          Performance

**All of our NCHS Orchestra spots for the volunteer list are full!!!  Thanks to all of our wonderful parent volunteers - you're awesome!!!  If you wanted to help out and didn't get the opportunity, our junior high orchestra friends at CJ and EJ could use some help filling their lists - feel free to grab an unfilled slot if you didn't get the chance to get on the NCHS list.**

DON'T FORGET OUR LAST NOPA MEETING BEFORE THE SPAGHETTI SUPPER WILL BE TUESDAY NOV 6TH IN THE ORCHESTRA ROOM @ 7PM - please consider joining us as we finish up all of the last minute details for the orchestra's turn at running the entire spaghetti supper (in addition to our volunteer slots).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Spaghetti Ticket and NOPA Reminders

Don't forget that Spaghetti Supper tickets must be purchased by THIS FRIDAY (tickets are more expensive at the door and there are only 150 total available at the door).  You can print off the order form here.

We also are in need of volunteers that night to help run our lines and serve food - please click here to sign up.  Volunteer time slots will not conflict with hearing your student perform! Don't forget there are also early time slots right after school to help prep some of the items as well.  If NCHS orchestra slots are full, please consider helping out our junior high feeders as they often struggle to find volunteers.

REMINDER:  Our next NOPA (NCHS Orchestra Parents Association) meeting will be this Tuesday Nov. 6th in the orchestra room (room 50). The doors labeled "J" around the back of the building will be open.  As it is the orchestra's responsibility to run the entire Spaghetti Supper this year, we would love to see parents turn out to help our president Melinda Breach in the final preparations for the event. Please consider joining us!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Spaghetti Supper Tickets

Spaghetti Supper tickets are now on sale, and must be purchased by Friday (tickets are more expensive at the door and there are only 150 total available at the door).  Please print off the order form (or have your student bring an order form home from school) and send your money to school before this Friday, Nov. 2.  This is the Unit 5 Music Parents Association's biggest fundraiser of the year, and money comes right back to the individual band, orchestra, and choir programs.  As always, there is never any charge to hear your student perform, just to eat.  However ALL individuals wishing to get dinner that night (including students) must have purchased a ticket.  

We also are in need of volunteers that night to help run our lines and serve food - please click here to sign up.  Volunteer time slots will not conflict with hearing your student perform!

Another big thank you to everyone who had a part in making Hauntcert 2018 great!  Everyone's time, donations, refreshments, etc added so much to our evening - with many young and impressionable audience members, you never know who might have been influenced to become a part of our ensemble in a few years.  Thanks again for all of your help!!!