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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pratt Scholarship Applications

Although it might be hard to be thinking about anything other than our current situation at this time, the Pratt Scholarship is designed to provide students with financial difficulties lessons and music supplies for free.  This has been a wonderful boost to many of our students and some of NCHS's best string players have been products of this program.  Click on the yellow picture for all of the necessary information.  Applications are due by May 1st and require letters of recommendation (including one from myself) and all materials must be included by that date.  I wanted to make sure that you have time to complete this process as we have gotten no indication from the Pratt Foundation that this deadline is going to be extended. Please contact me if there is anything I can do to assist you or if you need a letter.  Thoughts and prayers that your family is safe and healthy during this time (and remains so!).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Unit Orchestra Concert Update

Please note the following message regarding the cancelling of the Unit Orchestra concert scheduled for next week.  The NCHS Orchestra program is currently investigating a way to still provide the students with some sort of performance venue that could culminate in a recording for parents to watch.  Information will be communicated as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the district's decision.

Dear Unit 5 Orchestra Students and Parents,
Today, Unit 5 district administration decided to cancel the Unit Orchestra concert scheduled for Tuesday March 17th at West. This concert features over 400 performers and draws a very large crowd, and public health officials have suggested events with large gatherings be avoided for the time being.
Due to the size of the ensembles we will also be cancelling the rehearsal that was scheduled for Monday March 16th also at West.
The Orchestra Directors appreciate all the work that students have put into the music and your continued support of our program.

Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Siebenthal, Ms. Boehm, Mrs. Fontana, Mr. Golick,  Mrs. Keeney, Mrs. Stalter and Ms. Szwajka
Unit 5 Orchestra Faculty

Unit 5 Orchestra Apparel Order

U5 Orchestra gear is now available. Click here to order your Unit 5 Orchestra spirit wear!!!  All orders are due by March 18th and will be delivered to school.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Solo & Ensemble Contest Wrap-Up

HUGE thank-yous to all of our volunteers from this weekend!!! There were so many positive comments from directors from all over the area about how well everything worked, and that is a direct result of the efforts of over 120 people!

Musically, the event was also a huge success for the bands, orchestras, and choirs. The orchestra program ended up tying for 1st place in the state for the Solo & Ensemble Class AA sweepstakes and we also took the "Best of Day" awards in two of the three string rooms. So proud of all of the students' hard work, effort, and growth over the last month!!!  GO IRON!!!!

Unit Orchestra Reminder

Just another reminder that all students attending the Unit Orchestra rehearsal this Wed. Mar. 11 (all orchestras except Chamber Orchestra) need to bring a FOLDING MUSIC STAND to rehearsal (and their cellos).  Please make sure that the stand is labeled with your name.  All students are to be picked up in the BUS LANE promptly at 6 pm. Don't forget the rehearsal is here at Normal Community.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Unit Orchestra Information

Unit Rehearsal #1

Date:   Wed. Mar. 11
Time:   4-6 pm
Location:   NCHS Cafeteria
Personnel:  All orchestras EXCEPT Chamber Orchestra

Unit Rehearsal #2

Date:   Mon. Mar. 16
Time:   4-6 pm
Location:   NCWHS Gym
Personnel:  All orchestras EXCEPT Chamber Orchestra

**Students will be given a pass to get out of school 5 min early, offering them plenty of time to beat the parking lot traffic and travel to NCWHS.  STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION!!!

Unit Concert

Date:   Tues. Mar. 17
Time:   7 pm
Call Time:  TBA
Location:   NCWHS Gym
Personnel:  All orchestras EXCEPT Chamber Orchestra
Dress:  Orchestra Uniforms