NCHS Orchestras

...creating lifelong purveyors of music

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Spring Concert Update


Date: Thurs, May 19

Call Time:  6:00 pm

Concert Time:  7:00 pm

Dress:  full orchestra uniforms (formal wear for SENIORS ONLY)


Uniform Collection:  ALL tuxedos must be turned in immediately following the concert and students with those uniforms should plan on bringing clothes to change into (the Green Room will be unlocked).  This is part of the concert grade.  Dresses need to be returned ONLY if the student in not enrolled in the program next year.  If a student with a dress is returning to orchestra next year, please launder the dress and keep over the summer.  This ensures that students who have had the dress hemmed don't have to do it again.

Friday, April 22, 2022

BCME Apparel

The Unit 5 Music program is excited to be recognized as one of our nation's 2022 Best Communities for Music Education, a designation awarded by the NAMM Foundation.  To commemorate this achievement, Unit 5 Music t shirts and hoodies are being made available.  If you would like to place an order, please do so no later than Friday, April 29 so that delivery can occur before the end of the school year.  Make sure that you include the name of your student's school for delivery purposes.  You may shop at  Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

NCHS Music Department Fundraiser

Come to Musical Mayhem this Friday night to support the NCHS music programs and see the wide range of talents from our musicians! There will be a variety of classical and modern from singers, strings, band instruments, and more! All proceeds will go to the NCHS music programs.  Please see flier for more details! 

Monday, March 7, 2022

U5 Board Meeting Reminder


Don't forget that the Unit 5 school board will be meeting this Wednesday to vote on cutting the 5th grade instrumental music program and the reductions in force of three music teachers.  The meeting will be held at Normal WEST High School at 6:30 pm in the auditorium if you would like to attend. 

Unit Orchestra Updates


See information below regarding the Unit orchestra rehearsal schedule and concert information.  Please note that the rehearsal this week has been shortened to ensure that all students and parents are available to attend the board meeting on Wednesday.  Reminder: personnel for this concert involves Concert, Sinfonia, and Intermezzo orchestras only.  Chamber orchestra is NOT involved in this concert.

Wed. March 9th  4:00-5:15 pm - rehearsal at NCHS (students will NOT be going home after school as it will be all hands on deck to set up for the event before West arrives)

Mon. March 14th  4:00-6:00 pm - rehearsal at WEST; students must provide their own transportation and will be given a pass to get out of 8th hour 5 min early to ensure that they can quickly and safely get out of the parking lot

Tues. March 15th  7:00 pm - Unit Orchestra concert at WEST; dress is concert uniform; call time is 6:15 pm

**All students must bring a folding music stand to each of these events.  Please make sure that both parts are labeled with the student's name. **

Friday, November 12, 2021

Musical Arts Extravaganza Final Wrap Up

Please see the following note from our Unit 5 Music Parents regarding the wrap up of the U5MAE fundraiser.  As always, thank you for your support of the NCHS orchestra program!

Dear parents,

    Thank you so much for your support of music in Unit 5!  I hope that you were able to attend and enjoy the recent performance. Thank you so much to those who have donated as part of this fundraising event!!  If you meant to donate, but it got lost in the shuffle, the site (link below) will be remaining open until this coming Monday, 11/15.
Thank you, and have a wonderful upcoming holiday season!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Musical Arts Extravaganza Update

A correction was just made to the last blog post - the Musical Arts Extravaganza is November 8th, NOT the 15th.  Sorry for the confusion!

Monday, November 1, 2021

Thank You!!!

Deepest and most sincere thank-yous for everything you did to make the 27th annual Hauntcert! There's just no way to put on such a big production without the help of a fantastic group of parents, and the NCHS orchestra parents were absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents with us!!!

U5 Musical Arts Extravaganza (formerly known as the Spaghetti Supper)

Due to COVID restrictions, the annual U5 Music Parents' Spaghetti Supper has changed, and has now become the U5 Musical Arts Extravaganza.  It will be run very much like the Spaghetti Supper, just without the meal. In lieu of purchasing food tickets, we are simply asking for donations this year.  What follows is all pertinent information for the evening:

Date:  Monday, Nov. 8th
Location:  NCHS Auditorium
Time:  5:30 performance (students will have rehearsal after school and should plan on staying after school until the performance)
Dress:  New grey orchestra t-shirt and jeans
Personnel:  Required event for all orchestras

Volunteers:  Even though we aren't serving food, we still need a number of volunteers throughout the evening.  We would be extremely grateful if you could help us out and work a shift.  Click here for the SignUpGenius.

Donations:  All proceeds that you donate and ear-mark for our group come directly to us.  We use funds like these to purchase new music, instruments, supplies, etc. for the ensemble.  Click here to donate to the NCHS Orchestra program.  Feel free to share this link with friends and relatives who might also be interested in donating.  Your generosity greatly appreciated - thank you!!!

Trip Fundraiser - Bagging for Tips

There are still a number of slots available for Nov. 7th trip fundraiser bagging for tips at Hy-Vee.  Click here for the SignUpGenius and instructions.  

Friday, October 22, 2021

Hauntcert Update & Volunteer Instructions


Please see below for some final information regarding next week:

Poinsettia Fundraiser $ and Order Forms Due

Don't forget that all poinsettia orders are due on Monday, Oct 25.  Please make sure that you have followed all instructions from the previous post and that everything is contained in an envelope with your student's name.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Upcoming Schedule

Please see the information below for details regarding the schedule for the upcoming two weeks:

Mon, Oct 18 - Combined Rehearsal (3:30-6:00)

Mon, Oct 25 - Combined Rehearsal w/ Percussion (3rd-6th hours)

Tues, Oct 26 - Dress Rehearsal (6:00-9:00 pm) **street clothes - no uniforms

Thurs, Oct 28 - 27th Annual Hauntcert (shows at 6:00 & 7:30 pm - CALL TIME 5 PM) **dress code is full uniform**

**Cellos please continue to bring instruments to events**

Batteries, Power Strips, & Extension Cords

As we bring all of our stand lights out of storage for the Hauntcert, we would appreciate any battery donations (AA, AAA, and C) that you could send to school for our battery powered lights and are looking to borrow power strips and extension cords for our electric lights.  Please make sure to label the power strips and extension cords so that we can get them back to you.  Items can be brought to school this week.  Thank you!

Hauntcert Fliers

We'd love to share our return to live music with as many people as possible!  All Unit 5 elementary students will be receiving a flier this week, but the Hauntcert is fun for all ages.  NCHS Orchestra students have access to the same paper fliers that they can bring home to be distributed.  So if you know of places around Bloomington-Normal that would be appropriate to hang them, please feel free to have your student grab some.  Also attached is a PDF of the flier if you have any electronic community bulletin boards you'd like to post it to.

We still have a few spots left on our volunteer list and a number of opportunities left for helpers to distribute candy to trick or treaters and candy donations for the activity.  Won't you please consider helping us as we strive to bring back the Hauntcert to the community for the first time since 2019?