AHSO Newsletter, 9-20-2016

Charms

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.

Concert Uniforms

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).
678-205-1910
Cost is $15-$16 for hemming
Please bring appropriate shoes. Turn around time is approximately 2 days.

Fall Concert

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.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4caeae2ea64-concert

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
  • Handouts

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.

  1. Log onto http://portal.office.com  (bookmark this site)
    • Enter your school email address (formatted as your_student_id_number@fcstu.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.

AHSO Newsletter, 9-10-2016

It is hard to believe that the fifth week of school has already passed!  Time is flying by however orchestra is going very well.  I am continuously amazed by our students and how much they continue to grow!  See below for the latest news…

Curriculum Night

I would like to invite each of you to the AHS curriculum night this Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM. Parents will follow their child’s schedule to meet teachers and get a glimpse of a day at school.  When you arrive to orchestra class, we will discuss classroom activities, grading, concerts, and more.  Don’t worry – you won’t have to play an instrument! I look forward to seeing you there!

Solo & Ensemble Performance Evaluation

Solo & Ensemble is an opportunity for students to perform as a small group or soloist.  The event is on November 12, 2016 at Inman Middle School.

This is an optional event and sponsored by GMEA. IMPORTANT: Students must notify Dr. Laux by Monday, September 12 if they wish to be included in the event.  No additional entries may be added after this day.

The entry fee for each ensemble or solo is $12.00 and should be paid via cash or check to AHSOA.

Family Portrait Fundraiser by Tanner Photography

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!

To sign up and reserve your sitting time, use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48aaad22a7f85-tanner

Performance Assessment (PA) / Playing Tests

This year students will perform regularly for formative feedback and as part of their orchestra grade. To save class time and allow students ample time to prepare their very best work, students will utilize their own technology (Surface Pro, cell phone, or other tablet) to record their performance video and will upload it to the cloud where Dr. Laux can view the video and assess each student.

While maintaining an accurate record of practice is a poThis method of assessment provides many benefits to the students and the orchestra program as a whole:

  • Encourages student practice outside of class and provides a musical goal.
  • Encourages individual student accountability in learning their part.
  • Encourages students to practice until they can submit their very best work.
  • Allows Dr. Laux to better assess students.
  • Provides each student with a digital portfolio of their work over time.

Performance Assessment Video #1

Philharmonia:  Korean Folk Song Variants

  • Violin I: 17-30
  • Violin II: 38-55
  • Viola: 9-24
  • Cello & Double Bass: 30-38 & 50-58

Chamber: English Fugue

  • Violin I & II: 38-54
  • Viola: 92-end
  • Cello: 75-93
  • Double Bass: 83-93

Sinfonia: Lullaby

  • Violin I: 73-83 (top)
  • Violin II: p.u. 67-83
  • Viola: 32-51
  • Cello: 19-35
  • Double Bass: 67-83

Symphony:  Mendelssohn Mvt. 1  (Half Note ~ 105 BPM)

  • Violin I: p.u. 103-120
  • Violin II: 100-120
  • Viola: 81-100
  • Cello & Double Bass: 134-155

Due to your OneDrive Folder: Sunday, September 11  (before you go to sleep.)  

Please contact Dr. Laux with questions or concerns.

Submitting Performance Assessment Videos

To upload your PA video, please follow these directions:

  1. Record your video.
    • Using your surface pro, open the Camera app.  Be sure that the video recording mode is enabled.  You may need to turn on the front facing camera.
    • IMPORTANT: Be sure that your shot captures your entire bow arm and left hand. See examples here.
    • Your video will be saved in the “Camera Roll” in your Pictures folder.
  2. Upload your video to OneDrive
    1. Log onto http://portal.office.com  (bookmark this site)
      • Enter your school email address (formatted as your_student_id_number@fcstu.org)
      • Enter your password
      • Click on OneDrive
      • On the left hand side, click on “Shared with Me”
      • You will see a folder named: “Orchestra_YourLastName_YourFirstName.” (This is your personal orchestra folder that Dr. Laux has shared with only you.)
      • Open your personal orchestra folder.  It should be empty.
      • At the top of the folder, click Upload, and select Files.
      • At this point you will then select the video file you recorded, then click open.  The file will then begin uploading.

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
  • Handouts

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.

  1. Log onto http://portal.office.com  (bookmark this site)
    • Enter your school email address (formatted as your_student_id_number@fcstu.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.

Uniforms!

Thank you to all of the students that purchased new orchestra dresses.  They are on their way!  Depending on the woman’s height, the dress may need to be hemmed prior to the concert date. Gentlemen who purchased tuxedos, the Tuxedo Wearhouse has said that they are about ready to be delivered.

If you are a returning student, please double check that your entire uniform is in order.  Gentlemen that includes the cummerbund, bow tie, and BLACK dress socks.

All-State Auditions

Applications have been finalized and sent into GMEA.  If you are one of the 39 students to sign up, please be sure that you have submitted your $20 entry fee, cash or check payable to AHSOA.  Auditions are coming  on October 15, 2016!

Fall Concert!

Please invite your friends and families to our first performance of the year on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7 PM.  Each orchestra will perform and I think you will be impressed with what they have been able to do in a short time! Students should plan on arriving between 5:45 PM and 6:00 PM.  Note: There will be no after school rehearsals on concert day. Students are encouraged to go home after school to complete home work and eat a good dinner.

Student Participation Fee

Thank you to the many parents who have already paid the Student Participation Fee (SPF) of $120. While the SPF is technically overdue, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Laux if you have special circumstances or if you need to make special payment arrangements.

KSU Violin Day

KSU offers wonderful outreach programs to the area string students.  Coming up soon is their inaugural Violin Day on Saturday, September 17.  For just $30 students get a t-shirt, lunch, and all-day instruction from two incredible violin teachers: Helen Kim and Kenn Wagner.  You can read more about them by clicking on their name above.

To register for Violin Day, simply use this link. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 15.

Upcoming String Days at KSU include:

  • Viola Day on Saturday, October 8
  • Cellobration & BassFest on Saturday, October 22

Take advantage of these GREAT opportunities!!