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Week of April 16th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/16 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 4th quarter.

Congratulations to those students in Cantabile string ensemble on a great concert this past Saturday!

7th and 8th graders will have a test over the E flat major scale on Monday, 4/16. Students may choose to play half notes, quarter notes, or eighth notes for their performance of the scale.

There is a half day Wednesday, 4/18. We will have even class periods, so 7th and 8th graders will not have Orchestra that day, but 6th graders will.

6th graders will have their Spring Concert Thursday, 4/19 at 7:30 in the LMS Gym. This concert will also feature the Beginning and Advanced Elementary Orchestras. Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 and go to room 806 for tuning. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable.

Students may get 100 extra credit points for staying to help set up for the concert on Thursday, 4/19 after school. We will begin at about 3:00 and should be done no later than 3:30; it is likely we will be done before that.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/16 (150 minutes.) The end of the grading period is Friday, 4/27. There will be one more practice slip turn in for this grading period after 4/16.

Congratulations to those students in Cantabile string ensemble and GPYO on a great concert this past Saturday! In particular, bravo to Nanette Erickson, Sunny Hu, and Dmitri Saberi on beautiful solo performances!

Spring trip: we will be going to the “Music in the Parks” festival at Silverwood on Thursday, 5/17. Tickets are $20 (quite a discount.) Fundraising money from our Butter Braid sale will go toward the cost of the ticket. For those who did not participate in the fundraiser, the $20 will need to be paid to Mrs. Lacy to participate in the trip. I will let students know how much money they owe for the trip in the coming weeks.

If any parents are willing to help chaperone and/or drive a vehicle with cellos and basses that would be much appreciated! Please let me know if you’re willing to help out.


Week of April 9th

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! We only have 10 more weeks of school left, and many performances to fit into that time. It’s going to be great!

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/9 (100 minutes.) This is the practice time from the week before Spring Break, the week of 3/26. Any practice done over Spring Break is extra credit. This is the last week of 3rd quarter, so this is the final practice slip of the quarter. All late practice slips must be turned in by Friday, 4/13.

6th graders who did the Spring Break Bingo challenge should turn in their cards on Monday, 4/9. Late cards will not be accepted (except for absences.) Note: parents must initial all of the completed squares in order for students to be eligible for prizes.

Extra credit concert:
Saturday, 4/14 Cantabile and Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras, 7:30 in the U of I Administration Auditorium. This concert is free, please come out and support our local youth orchestra program. Several of our PHS seniors are being featured on this concert! (This is not extra credit for those performing on the concert.)

6th graders have their Spring Concert with the Beginning and Advanced Elementary students Thursday, 4/19 at 7:30 in the LMS Gym. Students should be at LMS no later than 7:00 and go to the Orchestra room (room 806) for tuning and warm up. Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes. All black dresses are also acceptable.

Extra credit concert set up:

Thursday, 4/19 at 3:00 in the LMS Gym. Students who are able to stay and help set up for the Elementary and 6th grade Orchestra concert will receive 100 extra credit points (the equivalent of a practice slip.)

We will have a half day on Wednesday, 4/18 and will have even class periods. 6th graders will have Orchestra and 7th and 8th graders will not.

PHS Orchestras

I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! Only 10 weeks left of school (hard to believe.)

Practice slips are due Monday, 4/9 (150 minutes.) This is the practice time from the week before Spring Break (week of 3/26.) Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

Extra credit concert:
Saturday, 4/14 Cantabile and Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras, 7:30 in the U of I Administration Auditorium. This concert is free, please come out and support our local youth orchestra program. Several of our PHS seniors are being featured on this concert! (This is not extra credit for those performing on the concert.)

Students in Gray Orchestra will have their auditions for next year’s Blue Orchestra this week. The audition consists of 2 scales, a short exercise called “Turkish March” and a short sight reading excerpt. Students will have a minute to look over the sight reading music before performing it. We have been working on this music for over a month; I have every confidence that all students are well prepared!

 

 


Week of March 26th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 3/26 (100 minutes.) The practice time for this week will be turned in Monday, 4/9. Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

7th graders will have a test over Unit 30 on Monday, 3/26. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

8th graders will be signing up for classes at PHS this coming week. I hope to see everyone’s name on the list for Gray Orchestra next year! This is a great group of kids and I would love to continue to have them in class.

6th graders will receive an extra “Spring Break Bingo” card this week. This is completely optional, and is due the Monday after Spring Break, 4/9.

Extra credit concerts:

3/27: LMS Bands, 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons
4/14: Cantabile and GPYO Orchestras, 7:30 pm in the U of I Administration Auditorium
4/19: Elementary and 6th grade Orchestra concert, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym (not extra credit for 6th graders)

Extra credit concert set up:

4/19: set up in the Gym from 3:00-3:30 (at the latest.) This is worth 100 extra credit points (equivalent to a practice slip)

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/26 (150 minutes.) The practice time for this week will be turned in Monday, 4/9. Any practicing done over Spring Break is extra credit.

Congratulations to the Blue and Gray Orchestra students on being 2A Academic State Champions! Way to go!

Blue orchestra will have sectionals this week. Students need to be sure to bring their music and a pencil to their sectional.

Monday: All
Tuesday: Violins
Wednesday: Cellos & Basses
Thursday: Violas
Friday: All

1st period Gray Orchestra students may bring something to share for breakfast on Friday, 3/30 (e.g. doughnuts, pop tarts, Eggo Waffles, fruit, juice, etc.)

Extra credit concerts:

3/27: LMS Bands, 7:30 pm in the LMS Commons
4/14: Cantabile and GPYO Orchestras, 7:30 pm in the U of I Administration Auditorium (not extra credit for those who play in these ensembles.)
4/19: Elementary and 6th grade Orchestra concert, 7:30 pm in the LMS Gym

 


Week of March 19th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 3/19 (100 minutes.)

The 7th and 8th graders had quite a busy week last week! They performed for 5th grade visitations twice on Monday (great job with Star Wars!) and then performed for SEWMEA Large Ensemble on Thursday. They received Superior ratings from the judges. Way to go! They also were EXCELLENT ambassadors for LMS; their behavior was fantastic. I could not be more proud of the 7th and 8th graders!

Dr. Meredith Arksey was in and worked with all the middle school classes this past Tuesday. I wanted to share what she said in an email to me later that day: “I’m still smiling thinking about your wonderful students. I had a great time. I’m SO impressed with their intonation, counting, dynamics, and note-reading skills.” That is extremely high praise from Dr. Arksey!

Extra Credit Concerts:

3/19 PHS Choirs 7:00 pm in PHS Theatre
3/27 LMS Bands 7:30 pm in LMS Commons
4/14 Cantabile & Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras 7:30 pm in UI Admin. Auditorium

Practicing over Spring Break is extra credit.

6th graders have a concert coming up Thursday, 4/19. This concert will also feature the Beginning and Advanced Elementary Orchestras.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/19 (150 minutes.)

Practicing over Spring Break is extra credit.

Extra Credit Concerts:

3/19 PHS Choirs 7:00 pm in PHS Theatre
3/27 LMS Bands 7:30 pm in LMS Commons
4/14 Cantabile & Greater Palouse Youth Orchestras 7:30 pm in UI Admin. Auditorium

 

 


Week of March 12th

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LMS Orchestras

6th and 8th grade practice slips are due Tuesday, 3/13. 7th grade practice slips are due Monday, 3/12 (100 minutes.)

6th graders do not need to bring their instruments to school on Monday, as the 5th grade visitation will be going on during their class time. Students who are not on the math field trip at that time should just bring homework or a book to read during class time.

7th and 8th graders will participate in the 5th grade music visitations on Monday at 9:30 and 1:30. Students should wear either Star Wars themed clothing/costume or a black or white t-shirt and regular school clothes for pants. The same rules as we have for Halloween costumes apply: no scary or gory makeup and masks may only be worn for the performance, not all day.

7th and 8th graders will be going to Palouse MS/HS on Thursday for the SEWMEA large ensemble festival. Students should wear their concert black and white to school that day. Students will eat during 1st lunch on Thursday (the same time as the 6th graders) and then we will head to Palouse for the festival. Parents/grandparents/other friends and family are welcome to come and listen to us perform: the address of the school is 600 E Alder in Palouse. The strings perform at 1:15.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/12 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of the new grading period.

 

 


Week of March 5th

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CONGRATULATIONS to all students on an excellent concert this past Monday! I was so very proud of all of the ensembles, great job!

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/5 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out this week for those students who have a D or an F in any class.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 14 on Wednesday, 3/7. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

7th and 8th graders will perform for the 5th grade visitations during the school day on Monday, 3/12. We will do both a morning and an afternoon performance. Students decided they wanted to wear Star Wars themed clothing, e.g. costumes, a Star Wars t-shirt, etc. Students need to be sure that they can still play their instrument while wearing their Star Wars items. For those students who do not wish to wear the Star Wars theme, please do your best to wear a black or white t-shirt along with jeans, or whatever you might normally wear to school.

PHS Orchestras

CONGRATULATIONS to all students on a wonderful concert this past Monday! You all did a fantastic job, I am so proud of all of you!

Practice slips are due Monday, 3/5 (150 minutes.) The grading period ends Friday, 3/9.

Gray Orchestra students will have auditions for participation in Blue Orchestra next year the week we return from spring break in April. Each student will be required to play 2 scales as well as a short excerpt which they received Friday, 3/2 as well as a short sight reading exercise. The required scales are:
Violins: A manor and a minor
Violas: D major and d minor
Cellos: D major and e minor
Basses: F major and e minor

 


Week of February 26th

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Practice slips are due Monday, 2/26 (100 minutes.) Interims go out the week of 3/7 for those students earning a “D” or an “F” in any class.

Concert information:
This concert will be recorded, and CDs/DVDs will be on sale before the concert: CDs are $10 and DVDs are $20.

Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm on Monday, 2/26. The 6th graders will meet in the choir room and the 7th/8th graders will meet in the orchestra/band room. (I will have directional signs on the walls.) Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please no bare legs, hosiery needs to be worn.

The 6th grade class will perform first, then the 7th and 8th grade, then the Gray Orchestra (PHS) and finally the Blue Orchestra (PHS.) When students have finished performing, they are to go back to where they stored their cases, put instruments away, and then come into the auditorium (wait until in between pieces) to listen to the remainder of the concert. Students should not be hanging out in the classrooms or hallway areas. I would appreciate it if students would help with moving chairs and stands back to the classrooms after the concert is over.

7th and 8th grade important: students need a mute for our concert (I mentioned this several weeks ago and then haven’t said much lately.) A mute can be purchased at Keeney Bros. or Atom Heart. Here is a link showing you what you need: https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Violin-Practice-Tourte-Silencer/dp/B06Y2DSTY2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518735658&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=tourte+mute&psc=1 This is for a 3-pack, which you wouldn’t need, one is plenty, unless you want to go in with two other people and get them together. There are also viola, cello, and bass mutes. If you aren’t able to get the mute in time for the concert, please do your best to have it for Large Ensemble Festival which is March 15th. I have several violin/viola mutes that students could borrow if unable to get one for the concert, and I have a cello/bass mute for each cello and bass player to use.

Cello players need to plan on either playing their own cellos for the concert or borrowing a PHS cello to use. I am not going to transport LMS cellos over to PHS for the concert. For Bass players, I will speak to each of you individually regarding your plans for an instrument to use at PHS.

There is a half day this Wednesday, 2/28. We will have odd class periods at LMS, so 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra, and 6th graders will not.

PHS Orchestras
Practice slips are due Monday, 2/26 (150 minutes.) The end of the current grading period is Friday, 3/9.

Students should be at PHS by 7:00 pm on Monday, 2/26. The PHS students can gather in the commons area until the concert has started and the LMS students have vacated the classroom spaces. Once the classrooms are accessible, the Gray Orchestra can meet in the choir room and the Blue Orchestra can meet in the orchestra/band room for tuning and warm up. The 6th grade Orchestra will play first, then the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra, then the Gray Orchestra, and then the Blue Orchestra. I would appreciate it if students would help with moving chairs and stands back to the classrooms after the concert is over.

Please remember to wear concert clothing: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. Please no bare legs, hosiery needs to be worn.

This concert will be recorded, and CDs/DVDs will be on sale before the concert: CDs are $10 and DVDs are $20.

0 period students: we will not have Orchestra Tuesday, 2/27, and we will have breakfast Wednesday, 2/28.

1st period students: we will have breakfast during class Tuesday, 2/27. Please bring something to share. The following students volunteered to bring:

AJ: Plates and syrup
Laura: plastic forks/knives
Felicia: napkins

Summer music camps can be a great activity for students during the summer break. I have listed some options below. (Not an all-inclusive list.) Check them out!

Cougar String Camp: https://music.wsu.edu/area-information/strings/cougar-string-camp/

U of I Lionel Hampton Music Camp: https://www.uidaho.edu/class/music/events/summer-camp.aspx

Montana State University Summer Music Conservatory: http://www.montana.edu/music/msusmc/

The Evergreen Music Festival (Tacoma Youth Symphony): https://www.tysamusic.org

Lake Samish Music Camp: http://lakesamishmusiccamp.org

Interlochen Music Camps: http://camp.interlochen.org/music-summer-programs?utm_campaign=iac_music&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2snUBRDfARIsAIGfpqHScfQJYMCKYkuQVn1WU3gXjU42GUNAWs2Psyt2VHwT9ktoQC2Mmy8aAg7uEALw_wcB

Icicle Creek Summer Symphony: https://icicle.org/arts-education/summer-camps/summer-symphony/


Week of February 20th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 2/20 (100 minutes.) Interim reports go out in just a few weeks, they will go out after March 7th.

Concert information:

Students should be at PHS no later than 7:00 pm on Monday, 2/26. The 6th graders will meet in the choir room and the 7th/8th graders will meet in the orchestra/band room. (I will have directional signs on the walls.) Students should wear their concert black and white clothing: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, white shirt or blouse. All black dresses are also acceptable. Please no bare legs, hosiery needs to be worn.

The 6th grade class will perform first, then the 7th and 8th grade, then the Gray Orchestra (PHS) and finally the Blue Orchestra (PHS.) When students have finished performing, they are to go back to where they stored their cases, put instruments away, and then come into the auditorium (wait until in between pieces) to listen to the remainder of the concert. Students should not be hanging out in the classrooms or hallway areas. I would appreciate it if students would help with moving chairs and stands back to the classrooms after the concert is over.

7th and 8th grade important: students need a mute for our concert (I mentioned this several weeks ago and then haven’t said much lately.) A mute can be purchased at Keeney Bros. or Atom Heart. Here is a link showing you what you need: https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Violin-Practice-Tourte-Silencer/dp/B06Y2DSTY2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518735658&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=tourte+mute&psc=1 This is for a 3-pack, which you wouldn’t need, one is plenty, unless you want to go in with two other people and get them together. There are also viola, cello, and bass mutes. If you aren’t able to get the mute in time for the concert, please do your best to have it for Large Ensemble Festival which is March 15th. I have several violin/viola mutes that students could borrow if unable to get one for the concert, and I have a cello/bass mute for each cello and bass player to use.

Cello players need to plan on either playing their own cellos for the concert or borrowing a PHS cello to use. I am not going to transport LMS cellos over to PHS for the concert. For Bass players, I will speak to each of you individually regarding your plans for an instrument to use at PHS.

Upcoming half day: There is a half day Wednesday, 2/28. We will have odd class periods, so 6th graders will not have Orchestra that day but 7th and 8th graders will have Orchestra classes.

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to drive instruments and chaperone for our trip to the Large Ensemble Festival on March 15. We are probably fine for transporting instruments but if anyone else would like to just chaperone (ride the bus and help shepherd kids) let me know. It actually is fun, these are great students. I promise! I will get information sent out about the schedule as soon as the festival host puts that out; hopefully by the end of February.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Tuesday, 2/20 (150 minutes.)

The students were fortunate to have the string faculty from WSU as guest teachers in the past week. The Blue Orchestra worked with Dr. Meredith Arksey on Friday, February 9th and both the Blue and Gray Orchestras worked with Dr. Ruth Boden on Thursday, February 15th. Both professors were highly complimentary of the students and had some great suggestions for improvement.

Congratulations to Nanette Erickson, Rebekah Heo, and Sunny Hu, who played with the Washington All-State Symphony Orchestra this past weekend in Yakima. The ensemble sounded fantastic! Great job representing PHS at the state level, ladies!

Concert information:

Students should be at PHS by 7:00 pm on Monday, 2/26. The PHS students can gather in the commons area until the concert has started and the LMS students have vacated the classroom spaces. Once the classrooms are accessible, the Gray Orchestra can meet in the choir room and the Blue Orchestra can meet in the orchestra/band room for tuning and warm up. The 6th grade Orchestra will play first, then the 7th and 8th grade Orchestra, then the Gray Orchestra, and then the Blue Orchestra. I would appreciate it if students would help with moving chairs and stands back to the classrooms after the concert is over.

Please remember to wear concert clothing: Black pants or skirt, black hosiery, black shoes, black shirt or blouse. Please no bare legs, hosiery needs to be worn.

 


Week of February 12th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/12 (100 minutes.)

6th graders will finish their tests over Unit 12 on Monday. Students who haven’t already taken their tests may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

Chaperones/drivers needed: the 7th and 8th graders will participate in the SEWMEA large ensemble festival Thursday, March 15th in Palouse, WA. I would really appreciate it if 2 or 3 parents would be able to transport cellos and basses to and from the event. (Mrs. Lee has already volunteered, thank you!) We have 5 basses and 7 cellos to move. Parents who transport instruments could also serve as chaperones (if they wish) but it is very helpful to have some parents who stay at the festival and help monitor students. Parents can chaperone but not transport instruments if they wish. Please let me know if you’re able to help. I don’t have a time frame yet but will get that information out as soon it is available.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/12 (150 minutes.)

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!


Week of February 5th

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LMS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/5 (100 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 3rd quarter.

Solo/Ensemble: congratulations to the students who performed and were adjudicated this past Saturday! I wasn’t able to sit in on all of the performances, as I was also running the festival, but I heard great feedback from Giselle Hillyer, our adjudicator. It was fun to hear her work with the students, she is a gifted teacher and musician.

Many thanks to the students and parents who volunteered their time to help run the festival on Friday and Saturday. Students, be sure to put the time you spent volunteering on your practice slip that you turn in this Monday.

6th graders will have a test over Unit 12 this Thursday. Students may choose to play lines 1 and 2 or lines 3 and 4.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

Chaperones/drivers needed: the 7th and 8th graders will participate in the SEWMEA large ensemble festival Thursday, March 15th in Palouse, WA. I would really appreciate it if 2 or 3 parents would be able to transport cellos and basses to and from the event. We have 5 basses and 7 cellos to move. Parents who transport instruments could also serve as chaperones (if they wish) but it is very helpful to have some parents who stay at the festival and help monitor students. Please let me know if you’re able to help. I don’t have a time frame yet but will get that information out as soon it is available.

PHS Orchestras

Practice slips are due Monday, 2/5 (150 minutes.)

T-shirts/sweatshirts have arrived. I handed them out to Gray Orchestra Friday during class and will hand them out to Blue Orchestra Monday during class. They look great!

Dr. Meredith Arksey, violin and viola professor at WSU, will work with the Blue Orchestra this Friday, 2/9. I will be gone that day due to my husband having surgery. Ms. Crowe will be my sub, but it will be nice to have Dr. Arksey in to work with the students.

Upcoming concert: Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. This concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade Orchestras as well as both PHS Orchestras. I’m sure it will be a great evening of music!

 


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