Dear Orchestra Parents: To ensure the most reliable communication link to each of you, we would like to have your most up-to-date contact information. Dr. Laux and the AHSOA manage student and parent data in the secure Charms system.
If you have not done so this year, please log into Charms as soon as possible (directions here) and update your information. This way we know that you will receive all of the important orchestra news and information.
Playing Check this Friday, September 23
Philharmonia – A minor scale, one octave (violins, play upper octave)
Chamber – D minor scale, two octaves with eighth notes slurred (EE Book 3, #165)
Sinfonia – Violin/Bass: 3 octave A minor scale & arpeggio; Cello/Viola: 3 octave D minor scale & arpeggio
Symphony – Spot check on Elgar Serenade, 1st movement. Specific measures to be announced in class on Thursday. For now, practice ALL of it.
T-Shirt Design Contest
Please see this flyer to learn more about and enter the AHSO t-shirt design contest. Entries are due no later than THURSDAY, September 22.
Tuxedos will be delivered to the school in the next few days.
Dresses have been delivered and we will be distributing them to any remaining students tomorrow.
Some students may need to have their dressed hemmed, so please be proactive in getting this taken care of. Please read below about ALTERATION/HEMMING of your dress.
One option for alterations is:
Mrs. Chung of Master Cleaners, on the corner of State Bridge and Kimball Bridge Rds, has offered a 20% discount off of hemming (normal price-$18). When you go to be measured, bring your dress and the shoes you will wear for the concert. She says that you can choose to have the hem shortened by cutting, then finishing (permanent) or, a semi-permanent hem which can be altered to be made longer at a future date (in case of growth).
It would be best to take the dress in as soon as is possible, so dresses are ready for the concert. Any other alterations needed would be an additional charge, they will let you know.
Another option is:
A Z Tailor Alterations
11765 Jones Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30005).
Cost is $15-$16 for hemming
Please bring appropriate shoes. Turn around time is approximately 2 days.
Our concert is just about a week away! Please join us for a night of great music on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.
Students should arrive at 6:00 PM for tuning and warm-up.
The AHSO will be accepting donations for the “Concert Cafe.” Please sign up to bring items or work a short shift.
Family Portrait Fundraiser
The AHSOA is excited to be partnering with Tanner Photography this fall for the AHSOA Family Portrait Event! Please join us for a family portrait session with your family at Mill Creek Pond (30000 Mill Creek Ave. Alpharetta, GA 30005)
- Saturday, October 15th from 9:30am-12:30pm
- Sunday, October 16th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
You will receive a sitting time and one 11 x 14 portrait of your family for only $25! ($120 Value Courtesy of Tanner Photography). Time slots/orders are pre-paid online and all proceeds go to the Alpharetta High School Orchestra Association.
Bring your whole family! Bring your pets! Great for Holiday cards! Please also feel free to share with your friends, family and neighbors so they can support us and take advantage of this phenomenal offer!
Time slots are filling up fast, so please reserve your spot now!
Not sure about family portraits? Watch this public service announcement created by the AHS Orchestra leadership team! 🙂
OneDrive Orchestra Shared Resources
Dr. Laux has shared a folder for all orchestra students on OneDrive that allows students to access a plethora of resource materials. Included in the folder are:
- Full conductors scores (to check bowings, markings, etc.)
- Rehearsal recordings
- Reference recordings
Students are expected to access these materials to listen to recordings, view the scores, and more.
To access the Orchestra Shared Resources folder on OneDrive, simply follow these directions.
- Log onto http://portal.office.com (bookmark this site)
- Enter your school email address (formatted as firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Enter your password
- Click on OneDrive
- On the left hand side, click on “Shared with Me”
- You will see a folder named: “Orchestra Shared Resources“
- The main folder contains resources for all orchestra students and there are folders for specific items for each of the orchestra classes.