NCHS Orchestras

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hauntcert Volunteer List

The Hauntcert volunteer list is now available.  This is our biggest event of the year and requires so many volunteers - please consider donating a couple of hours of your time to help out our student musicians.  This is a great way to get involved and meet some other parents!!!  Click here to sign up to be a part of Hauntcert XXV.  

Hauntcert Decorations

Our Hauntcert decoration this year will be a blend of "Halloween party meets 25th Anniversary celebration". So we'd love donations of any left over decorations or items from a 25th anniversary celebration you might have laying around. Or any Halloween decor in black or silver, or anything you're willing to part with that you think can be spray painted silver for the occasion and don't necessarily want back (pumpkins, skeletons, bats, spiders, etc). We are also creating a fabric bunting for the front of the stage, so if you have any old fabrics that can be cut up for this use we'll take anything white, black or gray (old bed sheets, table cloths, etc) as well as any tulle in the same colors. Things thin enough to cut and long enough to create 2 ft strips are preferred.  If you would be able to lend/donate any of these items, please send them to school with your student as soon as you are able, labeling anything you would like returned.

Uniform Update

All uniforms have now been distributed, including the ones that were ordered for students.  Please check over your uniform and let us know by Monday if there are any repairs needed we didn't catch.  Tux jackets and shirts should also be looked over carefully for missing buttons.  Have your student let us know immediately if there are any missing, but make sure to let us know specifics (ie front jacket button, shirt cuff/collar button, etc.).  Replacements will be sent home next week.  Double check the hems on dresses and pants to make sure they fit correctly (dresses should be hemmed to pants length).  All hems need to be loosely stitched so that they may be removed in the future. 

Hauntcert Rehearsal Reminder - 9.24.19

Date:  Tuesday Sept. 24
Time:  3:30-6:00 pm
Location:  NCHS Auditorium
Personnel:  Chamber, Intermezzo, Sinfonia Orchestras (not Concert Orchestra)

Misc: Cellists who are able to secure a ride to school that day need to bring their cellos as we don't have nearly enough at school for all the students.  ALL students need to bring their folding music stands.  Students must be picked up promptly at 6:00 pm in the bus lane - they will not be permitted to go through the building unless they have driven and need access to the front lot.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Orchestra Uniforms

Orchestra uniforms should have come home with your student Monday night. We will be placing the order for additional items on WEDNESDAY, so it is critical that all students bring their uniform home and try it on for a parent to double check the size.  All women who still have a dress at home MUST try it on immediately so that we can get something ordered if the fit has changed. Please let me know asap if there is an issue with either the fit of the uniform or any damage that we didn't spot.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

NOPA Reminder

Don't forget that our NCHS Orchestra Parents Association will have their first meeting Monday night, Sept. 9 in the orchestra room (50).  Doors J around the back of the building will be open.  Come meet some new faces and help us as we begin brainstorming Hauntcert and fundraising ideas.  All orchestra parents are welcome!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ILMEA Workshop @ ILSTU

Here's another workshop opportunity closer to home for ILMEA students who are interested. Please let me know by the end of this week if your student is interested in attending this one or the one at WIU so that I can assist with carpools, make sure they get registered, answer questions, etc.

Our first NCHS Orchestra Parents Association (NOPA) meeting will be in the orchestra room (50) at 7:00 pm on Monday Sept. 9.  The doors J around the back of the building will be open.  We would love to see all of our orchestra parents there as we work to brainstorm Hauntcert ideas and fundraising activities for our Canada trip in June. Hope to see you there!

 Don't forget the syllabus signature sheet, blog verification, and uniform signature sheet/payment are due on Friday.  Your student also has another online survey due through Google Classroom by Friday as well.  **If your student has not sent in the blog verification homework and you received this update in your inbox, please print it off and send back to school with them** 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

ILMEA Audition Workshop

Here's a great opportunity for those auditioning for ILMEA.  See the attached document for information on a free workshop in September at Western IL University to prepare for auditions. While this is not an official orchestra sponsored trip and I cannot attend, I would be happy to help students arrange a carpool with one another.  Please have your student let me know asap if they are interested so we can facilitate rides. 

**If your student has not sent in the blog verification homework and you received this update in your inbox, please print it off and send back to school with them**

Monday, August 26, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome back to the NCHS Orchestra program! We're eagerly anticipating another exciting year of music making together. As we kick things off, a few "notes" for everyone ;-)

If you are receiving this update via email, please print the email as your student will need to turn that in as part of the assignments that are due for them next Friday (Sept. 6).

If you are interested in purchasing Hauntcert apparel you can click here to order online. All purchases are due by Sept 3 and will be delivered to NCHS when they come in. This is not mandatory, just a fun way to show team spirit!

Best wishes for a great year!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ice Cream Party

Our annual ice cream party in honor of our seniors will be held during class on Friday.  The orchestra will provide the ice cream, the students the toppings!  Please sign up on the spreadsheet on Google Classroom if you are able to supply any treats (no peanuts or tree nuts please). 

Live Music Opportunity

Great opportunity for students to get out and hear an evening of (FUN) live music!  Jeremy Green will be at the Music Shoppe Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 pm. Click here for samples from Jeremy's YouTube channel. Come out, support live music, and hear the world's coolest viola player!!!!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Nelson's Link

It appears that the Nelson's volunteer sign up link in the previous post wasn't working correctly when the email went out.  Please try this link to sign up for Wednesday the 15th to help with running meals.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Week of May 13th Updates

Our last sprint to the finish line begins this week!  There are many things we have left to do this week before we kick back and start to enjoy the carefree days of summer...

Monday May 13th Dress Rehearsal: there will be no rehearsal after school for any ensemble. Students should have instruments at home this weekend making that final push to the finish line!

Tuesday May 14th - Spring Concert (required event for all personnel)

Concert: 7:00 pm
Call Time:  6:00 pm
Dress:  Concert uniforms (senior girls ONLY may wear formal dresses; senior boys ONLY may wear orchestra tuxedo or suit and a white or colored shirt and colored tie).

Uniform Collection:
-ALL tuxedos must be turned in the night of the concert immediately following the performance (boys need to bring clothes to change into and turn in the complete uniform before leaving the building - completing this process is part of the concert grade.
-All SENIOR girls should bring their uniform dress (already laundered) to school on a hanger and turn in on Monday May 13th - completing this process is part of the concert grade.
-Any girl not signed up for orchestra next year must turn in their dress before leaving the building that night (bring clothes to change into) - completing this process is part of the concert grade
-All other girls who are signed up for orchestra next year should KEEP their dress, as it has been hemmed specifically for you.  You will be asked in the fall to try it back on and make sure it still fits.  If it does, you won't have to hem another one!

Concert Videographer
-We are in need of someone to push the play button on the school ipad to record our concert.  Please email Mrs. Siebenthal as soon as possible if you would be available to help us out with this.

Cookie Donations
-We are still in need of some more refreshment donations for our post concert celebration honoring our seniors.  You can click here for the Sign Up Genius link. 

Nelson's Dinner Volunteers
-We are also in need of student/parent volunteers to assist us with the Nelson's dinner fundraiser on Wed. May 15th.  Volunteers are needed from 4-6 pm to simply help collect tickets in the drive through and run meals out to the vehicles.  We really need to get this list filled in a hurry and would greatly appreciate your donation of a couple of hours of help! Click here to volunteer for a great cause.  Don't forget that if you ordered meals through the fundraiser that they can be picked up that day from 4-6 pm.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Spring Updates

The dress rehearsal on the calendar scheduled for Monday, May 6th (3:30-5:30 pm) will involve ALL orchestra seniors (regardless of what ensemble they are in) and ALL members of Chamber Orchestra.  

The sign up list for spring concert refreshments is now available.  In addition to those donations, we are also in need of people to help set up/work the table.  Best wishes to all students and parents as we come crashing into the end-of-the-year craziness!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Nelson's Fundraiser

Nelson dinner ticket orders are due this Tuesday, Apr. 30th.  Please make sure that the order form is clearly marked with the choice of each ticket sold, that all checks are made payable to Unit 5 Music Parents, and that everything is included in an envelope with the student's name.