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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