NCHS Orchestras

...creating lifelong purveyors of music

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!!!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Orchestra Spirit Days


All orchestras are invited to participate in NCHS Orchestra spirit days this upcoming week!
Monday - pajama day
Tuesday - tie dye day
Wednesday - superhero day
Thursday - orchestra T-shirt or Hauntcert T-shirt day

Hauntcert Tech Week Schedule (Chamber, Intermezzo, Sinfonia Orchestras)


Monday (rehearsal with percussion)
Time: 3:30-6:00 pm
Notes:  Please bring music stands and cellos (non-bus riders); students should be picked up promptly at 6 (Sinfonia might be done a little early depending upon how rehearsal goes)

Tuesday (dress rehearsal with percussion, tech, vocalist, and emcee)
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Notes: cellos needed, but no stands needed (in "the business" we refer to the dress rehearsal as the rehearsal before the concert, students should NOT wear their uniform to this rehearsal :-)

Thursday (24th annual Hauntcert)
Time: 7:00 pm
Call Time for Students:  6:00 pm
Dress:  Uniform (tux and dresses - please refer to syllabus)
Misc: cellos needed, no stands needed, this concert is standing room only so parents wanting a good seat might be advised to arrive no later than 6:40ish

Miscellaneous
-We still have a few spots open on the volunteer list and on the refreshment list if you would be able to assist us
-Refreshments can be brought to the refreshment table in the atrium the night of the concert
-Thanks to all who have donated their time, donations, refreshments, etc to help make our show go!  And a special thanks to all of our parents who have attended our NOPA meetings this quarter - we couldn't do this without you!
-This is our busiest week of the year, don't forget to plan ahead, communicate with teachers, and stay on top of your studies!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cookies!!!

The Hauntcert refreshment donation list is now available as we will be feeding an army of 800+ people after the event.  You can click here to sign up to donate refreshments.  Please remember that all refreshments must be store bought and in their original packaging. 

**We are still looking for any available decorations that would fit our "flight" theme, but are also specifically seeking out a large stuffed lion (to go along with our tin man and scarecrow) and strands of Christmas tree lights (plain white ones) to help us create our runway.**

Would you be willing to help us wrangle our junior high ushers?  It's a super important volunteer position that can make or break our donation collections at the end of the show and we don't have anyone signed up for the position yet.  Please consider helping us and click here to sign up.

Don't forget about our next combined Hauntcert rehearsal (involving Chamber, Intermezzo, and Sinfonia orchestras) this Thursday.  Students are excused from class 4th-8th hours and should bring a sack lunch that day and a snack to share (chips, dessert, etc.).  Cellists who get a ride/drive to school should plan on bringing instruments to minimize the transportation of cellos on the bus. All students should bring their folding music stand. Please remind your student to plan ahead for this day, check with their teachers, etc. so that they stay on top of all work for their other classes. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

NCHS Orchestra Parents Association Meeting Oct. 15

A reminder that our next NOPA meeting will be on Monday, October 15th at 7pm in the orchestra room (rm 50).  Doors J around the back of the building will be open.  NOPA is for all of our NCHS orchestra parents and we would love to see you there.  We will finish up Hauntcert planning and continue to work on Spaghetti supper which is only two weeks after Hauntcert.  Please consider joining us!

Hauntcert Updates

Volunteers Still (Desperately) Needed
We are still short a number of volunteers to help make this year's Hauntcert "fly" (yes, pun intended).  Please consider volunteering as we still have some critical positions left to fill. You can click here for the Hauntcert Volunteer Sign-Up Genius list.  

Decorations
Please send anything we might be able to borrow to help us decorate for the show to school as soon as possible with your student.  Our theme is flight and can include everything from outer space, Star Wars & Star Trek, airport/airplane, and the Wizard of Oz (or other ideas if you have them!).  Make sure that your name is on it somewhere so that we can get it returned to you. 

Next Rehearsal - Thursday, Oct. 18
Our next combined Hauntcert rehearsal (involving Chamber, Intermezzo, and Sinfonia orchestras) will be during the school day this Thursday.  Students are excused from class 4th-8th hours. Students should bring a sack lunch that day and a snack to share (chips, dessert, etc.).  Cellists who get a ride/drive to school should plan on bringing instruments to minimize the transportation of cellos on the bus. All students should bring their folding music stand. Please remind your student to plan ahead for this day, check with their teachers, etc. so that they stay on top of all work for their other classes. 

Hauntcert Refreshments
The Sign Up Genius list for refreshments will be posted this week.  We will be feeding an army of over 800 people that night and will need lots of punch and cookies.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Upcoming Test Reminder

Another reminder that students will be having tests this week (some students were absent on Friday and didn't get the reminder in class).  Concert and Sinfonia will be tested on Wednesday when they return and Chamber and Intermezzo will be tested on Thursday.  Information has been posted on Google Classroom.