NCHS Orchestras

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Hauntcert Volunteer List

The Hauntcert volunteer list is now available, and we would love to have it filled as quickly as possible. We need many volunteers to make the show happen and are hoping that you would consider volunteering a few hours of your time. There are many different jobs available and this show is a fun endeavor for both the students and the community. Simply clickhere for the SignupGenius link to help with Hauntcert 2022: Judgment Day. As always, please let me know if you have any questions - thank you in advance!

Orchestra Calendar Correction

Please note that there was an error in the calendar contained in the syllabus.  Our spring concert will be on THURSDAY May 18th (not Tuesday).  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Upcoming NOPA Meeting

Don't forget that our first NCHS Orchestra Parents Association's (NOPA) meeting will be this Thursday night in the orchestra room (room 50) at 7:00 pm.  Doors J around the back of the building will be unlocked.  This group is open to all NCHS orchestra parents and we would love to see you there!  We'll get the conversations rolling on Hauntcert, fundraising, and look to fill officer positions.  Come meet some other orchestra parents and play a part in helping us offer all of the little extras to our kids that only a strong parent group can!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Welcome Back!

Hope everyone's school year is off to a great start!  If you are receiving this blog post in your email, congratulations - you are successfully signed up for the orchestra blog :-)  So you might have received this information already via Infinite Campus.  But after the next week or two, this will be the only method of communication (without the redundancy).

Our first project of the semester will be a fundraiser in conjunction with choir and drama.  Here is the link of the concession stand slots that we need to help fill with students and parents for this Friday night's football game (Sept 2).  This is a great activity to work alongside of your student, please just make sure that you note there are two different shifts and are some slots that can only be worked by adults.  If we get down to crunch time, adults can fill student slots but NOT vice versa...

The Unit 5 music staff is placing another order for the Best Communities for Music Education apparel to commemorate last year's award that the district won.  So if you missed that order last year and would like to show the community your support of the program (and brag on us a little...) you can click here for the link.  Orders are due by Sept. 9.  Students also have the link in Google Classroom.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Congratulations IMEC Bound Chamber Orchestra!

Congratulations to the NCHS Chamber Orchestra on being selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in January of 2023!!!  The group began working on their audition recordings and submission materials this past January and have earned the honor of performing for a conference that involves over 12,000 students and educators throughout the state.  The orchestra program is deeply indebted to the senior class who helped us reach this goal - their leadership and dedication will be greatly missed, but will serve as a shining example to those who will carry the torch forward across the finish line.  Our orchestra is "state-bound" and we could not be more proud!!!  #ChooseExcellence 

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.