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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. 

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!!!