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    Week of March 26th

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    LMS Orchestras

    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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    LMS Orchestras

    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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    LMS Orchestras

    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!

     


    Week of January 29th

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    LMS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 1/29 (100 minutes) This is the final practice slip of 2nd quarter/1st semester.

    6th graders will have a test over measures 36-40 in Classic Sinfonia this Wednesday, 1/31.

    7th and 8th graders may sign up to help with solo and ensemble this Monday. I will need helpers both Friday after school from 3:00-4:00 (or so) and also on Saturday starting at 8:30 and going until approximately 2:00. Students do not have to commit to the entire time period on Saturday, they may work a “shift” of 2-3 hours if they wish. I could also use the help of perhaps one more parent if anyone is available. (Thank you Mrs. Dreewes for already volunteering!)

    For those students who are performing in Solo/Ensemble, I will give you your performance time Monday or Tuesday this week. Important note: your warm up time is 10 minutes prior to your performance time. Strings will warm up in the Channel 3 studio and perform in the library at LMS. There will be no piano available in the warm up room; please bring a tuner. Please do not be late! Students should dress nicely, and if performing in an ensemble, students should wear matching clothing such as black and white clothing. (Students do not have to wear black and white, this is just an example.)

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 1/29 (150 minutes.) This is the first practice slip of 2nd semester.

    T-shirts/Hoodies from the CustomInk order will be here approximately February 6th.

    Update regarding Blue Orchestra trip: we have too many students, particularly first violins, who are unable to attend the W-ASTA/WWU festival, so we will not be going on the trip March 16-18. I will work on an alternative trip, such as going to Eastern Washington University, Whitworth, and/or Gonzaga for a clinic and then going to a performance of the Spokane Symphony or the like. I will send out information about this as soon as I have something worked out.

    For those students who are performing in Solo/Ensemble, I will give you your performance time Monday or Tuesday this week. Important note: your warm up time is 10 minutes prior to your performance time. Strings will warm up in the Channel 3 studio and perform in the library at LMS. There will be no piano available in the warm up room; please bring a tuner. Please do not be late! Students should dress nicely, and if performing in an ensemble, students should wear matching clothing such as black and white clothing. (Students do not have to wear black and white, this is just an example.)

     

     

     


    Week of January 22nd

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    LMS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 1/22 (100 minutes.) Students have one more practice slip due after this week before the semester ends on Friday, 2/2.

    The week of 1/29 (the last week of the semester) all late practice slips and extra credit concert programs/reviews will be due by Wednesday, 1/31. No late practice slips will be accepted after that date. Extra credit turned in after the 31st will be counted on third quarter’s grade.

    6th graders will have a short test in the piece “Classic Sinfonia” on Wednesday, 1/31 (measures 36-40.)

    Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Orchestras Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre. Please be sure this date is on your calendar!

    On a personal note, my father passed away this past Friday. I will be gone from school most of this week. I ask that the students work hard and treat their guest teachers in a respectful manner. I look forward to seeing the students again soon.

    PHS Orchestras

    Practice slips are due Monday, 1/22 (150 minutes.) This is the last week of the semester. All late practice slips and any extra credit concert programs are due by Wednesday, 1/31.

    I extended the t-shirt/sweatshirt order deadline to Monday since some people were still wanting to order. The link is: https://www.customink.com/g/bue0-00b9-msxg

    Gray Orchestra students should be using their study guides to study for their final which will be this Wednesday, 1/24.

    We are right on the cusp of having almost too many people who cannot attend the WWU/WASTA State Orchestra Festival trip. We really need to have a representative group in order to participate. Please let me know by next Monday if you are unable to attend. If we don’t have enough people who can go on this trip, we could take a trip to Eastern Washington University and do a clinic with some of their string faculty there and perhaps go to a Spokane Symphony concert. The date for this could be a bit more flexible to hopefully have more people who could participate.

    Upcoming concert: 6th grade through 12th grade Orchestras Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm in the PHS Theatre.

    On a personal note, my father passed away this past Friday. I will be gone from school most of this week. I ask that the students work hard and treat their guest teachers in a respectful manner. I look forward to seeing the students again soon.

     

     


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