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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. 

Rehearsal Reminder


Our next combined rehearsal will be this Wednesday, October 10th from 3:30-6:00 pm.  This rehearsal involves Chamber (4th hour), Intermezzo (6th hour), and Sinfonia (5th hour) orchestras.  All students should bring a folding music stand, and we need as many cellists as possible to bring their instruments.  If your student typically drives or gets a ride to school, we ask that you have them bring their cello in order to keep as many cellos off the bus as possible :-)  Please make sure that students are picked up PROMPTLY at 6:00 pm. 

Upcoming NOPA Meeting


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.  We would love to see a huge number of parents attend as we work to finalize Hauntcert plans and continue our preparations for running the upcoming Spaghetti Supper.

Hauntcert Needs

We are still in need of a number of volunteers to help fill up the Hauntcert volunteer list - please consider donating some of your time to help us with this huge production and click here for the Signup Genius list. There are some very important jobs still left that are needed to "make the show go".

We are in need of borrowed decoration items as soon as possible.  Our theme this year is "flight" and so we are looking to create different areas around the auditorium associated with that theme.  Some ideas for those areas include airport/runway, outer space, Wizard of Oz, and movie items from Star Wars, Star Trek, and Up. Please make sure that any items you would like returned have your name on them somewhere.  If there is anything really large or that you don't want at school for that long, just take a picture and send it to school.  We would like all items in by the end of the week so that we can continue planning at our NOPA meeting on the 15th.  Any costuming items would also be welcome, especially safety vests and those airport flashlight wands for our ushers.

Uniforms Distributed

All uniforms have now officially gone out - please verify that your student has brought it home and that the men have all pieces (pants, shirt, jacket, bow tie).  The Hauntcert is rapidly approaching, so please make sure that you have seen the uniform on your student and have taken the necessary steps to get it hemmed if needed.  Refer to the sheet that your student brought home with the uniform or to the same uniform page found in the orchestra syllabus regarding the hemming.  Dresses should be hemmed floor length (like a pair of dress pants).  Don't forget to measure for the hem with the shoes that will be worn with the dress!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rehearsal Reminder

Don't forget that our first combined Hauntcert rehearsal will be this Tues. Sept. 25th from 6-8:30.  Please make sure that students are picked up in the bus lane parking lot (they will not be allowed to travel through the building to the front doors) promptly at 8:30.  This rehearsal only involves Chamber, Intermezzo, and Sinfonia orchestras.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Our 1st NCHS Orchestra Parents Association meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 pm in the orchestra room (room 50).  Doors J around the back of the building will be open and you can enter the music hallway from that parking lot.  We would love to see a huge turnout as we begin planning for the Hauntcert and the Spaghetti Supper!

Hauntcert Volunteer List

It's that time of year, and we have our Hauntcert 2018 volunteer list ready to go.  Please consider donating a few hours of your time to help us out with this massive undertaking!  You can click here for the Sign Up Genius list

Uniform Reminder

Tuxes have been sent home with the men (or as many parts as we have available with the remaining ones on order).  Please make sure your son has tried it on for a parent and that any repair needs are brought to the director's attention by Friday (missing buttons, etc.). 

Hauntcert T-Shirts

Hauntcert T-shirts are now available for online purchase - orders close on Sept 15.  They are black, available in both long ($13.15) and short sleeve ($9.25), with ink choice colors of blue, orange, or yellow. Click on the following links if you would like to place an order:


Black w/Blue: https://www.customink.com/g/nmw0-00bh-w7n2 

Black w/Lime: https://www.customink.com/g/nmw0-00bh-w5bp

Black w/Orange: https://www.customink.com/g/nmw0-00bh-w6zr

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Uniforms and Concessions

Uniforms - Uniforms should be coming home tomorrow (Friday) with the men. Please double check the fit of all pieces and make note of any missing buttons or other problems. If you haven't seen the uniform by Monday, please remind him to bring it home...  New dresses will be ordered within the next day or so.  Please don't forget that they will all need to be hemmed when they arrive.

Football Game Concessions - Friday, September 7th the orchestra and band are responsible for manning the concession stand at the football game.  This is an easy fundraiser that typically contributes between $400-500 to our program.  We need to get the volunteers secured as quickly as possible for the event.  Please click here to sign up and donate a few hours to a great cause! 

Orchestra Homework - If your student has not completed the homework assignments due on Friday the 7th, you can print off this email that was sent to your inbox as verification of the blog subscription.  Assignments may be found on Google Classroom.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 NCHS Orchestra Program!


Welcome to another great year of music making together!!!  The students' first assignment has been posted to Google Classroom and they should print/complete the last three pages of the course syllabus with their parents.  This includes the syllabus verification page, the uniform fee and verification page, and the blog subscription verification.  If you are receiving this blog update as an email, please print the email out for your student as evidence of the blog subscription process. Looking forward to a great year of music making with everyone!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Information Regarding Spring Concert and Dress Rehearsal

The dress rehearsal scheduled for Monday, May 14th will involve CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ONLY.  There is still a small possibility that it may not be needed, but at this point we need all Chamber Orchestra members to plan on attending so that we can work with winds for the full orchestra.  If utilized, the rehearsal will last from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm (please note the change in time from the original). Information for the concert is as follows:



Concert Date:   Tues. May 15
Time:   7:00 pm
Call Time:   6:00 pm
Dress:   Concert uniform**

**Please note that as part of their concert grade, students are required to turn in their uniform immediately following the concert and MUST bring clothes to change into.  Equipment crew will coordinate the collection.

Concert Refreshments Needed!

Please consider helping us out and donating refreshments for our post-concert celebration.  You can click here for the SignUp Genius link to donate.  Thanks for your help!!!!

Ice Cream Party

Our annual ice cream party honoring our seniors will be Wed. May 16th.  Please help us out and have your student sign up through Google Classroom to bring something to add to the party.  The orchestra will provide bowls, spoons, and the ice cream.  Students should provide the toppings.  No products containing nuts please!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Avanti's Dine To Donate

Don't forget to plan next week's menu with the orchestras' Dine to Donate event at Avanti's in mind (Monday, April 9th, 11 am until closing).  The event is held at either Bloomington-Normal location, but participants must show a copy of this flyer in order for the orchestra to get credit (either a paper copy or a picture on your phone).  Mark your calendars now to treat yourself to a cooking-free meal!

Krispy Kreme Reminder

Don't forget that all Krispy Kreme orders and money are due BY CLASS ON FRIDAY (Apr 6th).  Please make sure that you have checked the following items before turning in:

1. All information is filled out in the green boxes
2. All orders have been added up and recorded in the total boxes at the bottom
3. All payments add up to the total numbers of orders and all checks have been made payable to NCHS Orchestras
4. Order form and payments are sealed in an envelope with student's name on the outside

Cards and certificates will be available for delivery next week!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Save the Date

The orchestras' Dine to Donate event at Avanti's will be Monday, April 9th, 11 am until closing.  The event is held at either Bloomington-Normal location, but participants must show a copy of this flyer in order for the orchestra to get credit (either a paper copy or a picture on your phone).  Mark your calendars now to treat yourself to a cooking-free meal!

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Krispy Kreme fundraiser order forms will be coming home on Wed. March 21st.  Students are selling BOGO cards for $20 (good for 10 free dozen) and $8 certificates good for a dozen doughnuts (sold for $8.99 in the store).  All orders and money need to be turned in by April 6th.  Checks should be made payable to NCHS Orchestras.

Prep Freeze Reminder

Don't forget that our Prep Freeze Cook fundraiser is this Thursday, March 22 at their facility on Oakland Avenue.  Stock up on some fast, delicious meals to get your family through the busy spring semester!  We will get a percentage of the profit from all items sold during their regular business hours.  See the attached flyer for more details.  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Incorrect Concert Date in Last Email

A correction to yesterday's updates:  while the post on the blog has been updated, the email sent to you had the incorrect date for the Unit Orchestra concert.  The concert is this Tuesday, March 20th!  Sorry for the typo!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Prep Freeze Cook fundraiser is this coming Thursday, March 22 at their facility on Oakland Avenue.  Stock up on some fast, delicious meals to get your family through the busy spring semester!  We will get a percentage of the profit from all items sold during their regular business hours.

Trip Update

Trip balance sheets have been sent home with students (Chamber Orchestra will receive theirs on Monday).  The final payment is due by April 30th.  However, we are asking that you hold off for a few weeks as we still have a couple more fundraisers in the works.  If you pay the final balance and then earn fundraising money, we will have to cut you a check for the balance of the over payment. 

Unit Orchestra Rehearsal and Concert


Information regarding Unit Orchestra commitments this week:

Mon. March 19 - rehearsal

  • Location: NCHS East Gym
  • Time:  6:45-8:45 pm (please note the 15 min difference from the original calendar!)
  • Misc: students will meet in the cafeteria for tuning prior to the rehearsal
Tues. March 20 - concert
  • Location:  NCHS East Gym
  • Call Time:  6:20 pm (meet in the cafeteria)
  • Performance: 7:00 pm
  • Dress: Concert uniform


**Equipment crew members should plan on staying a little later for both of these events to help tear down.

**Students need to bring a folding stand to both the rehearsal and the concert (clearly labeled with their name on both parts) in addition to their instrument and their pencil. 

**This rehearsal involves Concert, Sinfonia, and Intermezzo orchestras only

Monday, March 12, 2018

Update: Week of March 12th


A quick reminder regarding upcoming events this week:

1.  NOPA Meeting - Tues. March 12th; 7 pm; NCHS Orchestra room (50); doors J around the back will be open.

2. Unit Orchestra Rehearsal - Wed. March 14th; 4-6 pm; Normal Community WEST High School. This involves Intermezzo, Sinfonia, and Concert Orchestras only.  Make sure to bring a folding stand with your name on it.

**The orchestras' spring Prep Freeze Cook fundraiser will be held on March 22nd at their facility on Oakland Avenue.  The orchestras will receive a percentage of all items purchased that day, so mark you calendars to stock up on some great, easy meals to get your family through the crazy spring semester!**  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

NOPA Update


Our next NCHS Orchestra Parents (NOPA) meeting will be Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 pm in the orchestra room. Doors J around the back will be unlocked. We will be focusing on a few more fundraising efforts for the New York trip and/or new uniforms next year.  We will also be discussing the transfer of executive offices held by outgoing senior parents.  All parents are invited to attend - it's a great way to be involved with your student and their interests (without embarrassing them by chaperoning them at a school dance ;-).

Unit Orchestra Rehearsal Info


Don't forget that our first Unit Orchestra rehearsal will be next Wednesday, March 14th at Normal Community WEST High school from 4-6 pm.  Students will need to provide their own transportation over to WEST that afternoon and will be receiving a pass to leave 8th hour 5 minutes early that day to ensure that they are able to get out of the parking lot safely.  As guests in WEST's building, it is imperative that all students are picked up promptly at 6 pm.  Please make arrangements to car pool if you are unable to be there no later than 6.  Students need to bring a folding stand to the rehearsal (clearly labeled with their name on both parts) in addition to their instrument and their pencil. 

Solo & Ensemble Follow-Up

Huge thank-yous go out to all of the music students and parents who helped out with the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday! We had thousands of people come through our doors at NCHS, and everything worked seamlessly because of all of our volunteers' efforts.  Not only did we have a successful organizational day, but our orchestra program had a very successful musical day as well - THE NCHS ORCHESTRA PROGRAM PLACED 1st IN THE STATE FOR THE IHSA CLASS AA SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST!!!!  We are so proud of our orchestra musicians and the growth and dedication that they have shown over the last few weeks. Way to go, Iron Strings!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

S&E Contest Info and Volunteer Plea

The big day is almost here and we are still in desperate need of volunteers to help complete our lists!  Please consider giving up a few hours to help support the music department on Saturday in this massive endeavor that raises money for our department. As of Thursday morning we still have 11 morning spots unfilled and 17 in the afternoon.  You can click on the links below to volunteer.  Also, please refer to the links below if participating in the event. An information sheet is attached as well as the program of events again. 

Friday After-School Set-up (students only)
Saturday Concessions (adults only)
Saturday Morning Volunteer Shifts (students and adults)
Saturday Afternoon Volunteer Shifts (students and adults)

Program of Events 
Participant information sheet 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest Event Schedule & Volunteer Sign-Ups

The NCHS Music Department is once again hosting the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest on March 3rd and will be running over 1200 different events through our building on that day. We are in need of an army of both student and parent volunteers to assist us in this massive endeavor. Not only is it a service to our musicians and student musicians from around the area, but is a fundraiser for our department as well. Links can be found below to the many different opportunities and we would be extremely grateful for any assistance that you and your student can offer. A link is also included to a schedule of all of the NCHS events for the day if your student is participating. Please note that you are more than welcome to leave a volunteer post for a few minutes to hear your student perform! 

Friday After-School Set-up (students only)
Saturday Concessions (adults only)
Saturday Morning Volunteer Shifts (students and adults)
Saturday Afternoon Volunteer Shifts (students and adults)

Program of Events