February 5, 2020 - MN Trip Info

Hi all,


This message is for MN Trip participants only.


THIS FOLDER contains 2 forms for your student:

  1. The first is permission and emergency contact information.  Also at the bottom is a YES or NO on your student taking meds on the trip.

  2. If you checked NO, you are done after the first form and your student cannot take or be given any type of prescription or OTC medication on the trip.  If you checked YES, then you need to fill out the second form as well, completing the appropriate sections and getting any necessary signatures.


We need to have all forms signed and returned by FRIDAY 2/14.  You can sign a paper copy and return it or send it back electronically.





January 3, 2020 - Solo & Ensemble Registration and a few other details

Hello, and welcome to 2020!


Solo & Ensemble will take place at MHS on Saturday, February 22.  Registration has already started and will end next week on TUESDAY 1/7.  We are doing all registration online this year, having students fill out a Google Form and charging all fees through FeePay.




These links are also available on the BOPA web page, along with other S&E info.


  • FeePay will be charged before the end of the semester and payment is due by the end of January.

  • Changes can be made to registrations up until January 24, when all entries have to be entered into the state's computer system.  Once we upload to the state, there can be no refunds.

  • Each event for a student needs its own Google Form entry.  For some students, this will be 2: a solo and an ensemble.  FOr others, it might be more.

  • Check your calendars: if 2/22 does not work for your family, there are several other nearby festivals on alternate dates.  Talk to me and to a student's chamber group members before going this route.

  • Special time requests are possible, but only in extreme cases.  "We are going out of town and leaving at 11am" is an extreme case, while "I want to sleep late on Saturday" is not.

  • BOPA covers the cost of most accompanists.  If you have an accompanists you like to work with or that the private teacher uses, then you need to make those arrangements and payments on your own.  If you are feeling generous, you can choose to help support BOPA by covering the cost of the accompanist yourself--thank you in advance for this!

  • Volunteers will be needed for the date and more information about that will be come at the every end of January.


2 last notes:

  • The Concert-Aria Competition is next Tuesday 1/7 from 6-9:30pm in the MHS PAC.  We do not advertise far and wide, but all auditions are open to the public.  Stop by and listen while you read a book or newspaper, catch up on email, or relax.

  • Reminder: the final concert of the year for Cardinal & Sinfonia is on THURSDAY 5/7, not the next week.  This is a change from the original event calendar.


Email or call with questions!


December 16, 2019 - Twin Cities, Nuts & More

Hi Orchestra Families!


Wrapping up for the calendar year--concerts are done and Winter Teas are complete.  What is coming up?


  1. Did not yet get your nuts from the Fruit Sale?  We have them here--come and get them this week.  Email me to make arrangements. 

  2. Philimusica has just 2 more rehearsals until its Winter Festival on Monday 1/13/20. 

  3. The Symphony Orchestra will appear on NBC15 on 12/24 at 10pm and 12/25 at 6am.  Tune in! 

  4. The MHS Concerto-Aria competition is on Tuesday 1/7/20 6-10ish in the PAC.  Applications are due by the end of this week. 

  5. Jazz Cabaret comes up on Friday 1/11/20 at the Marriott.  More info and tickets at the MHS BOPA web page.  They are searching for 2-3 orchestra students to serve as coat check people.  Dinner, 5 service hours, and tips.  Let me know! 

  6. The Music Dept is joining up to take a weekend cultural tour to the Twin Cities in March.  All bands, choirs, and orchestras are going together on this non-performance tour.  More information can be found HERE and registration is online HERE.  Sign up deadline is this coming Friday 12/20!


Enough for now--I hope everyone's break is restful and all of us come back ready to complete the semester!


November 25, 2019 - Fruit Delivery Day Reminder

Hello Students and Parents. 


This is a friendly reminder that the fruit will be delivered on Saturday 12/7 to MHS. We had a very successful Fruit Sale this year--Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work!

Volunteers Needed:

  1.  We are looking for more adult volunteers to help out with Delivery Day.  Even if you can’t stay the entire shift, please consider helping out and just note in the comments on the Sign Up Genius when you can be there. Keep in mind that we will take turns with supervising loading orders outside so people can warm up so do let signing up for that position discourage you. Please visit the BOPA FRUIT SALE WEB PAGE and click on the "Delivery Day Volunteer Sign-Up" button.

  2. Students should look for a sign up outside the band and orchestra rooms to sign up--coming very beginning of next week. Students over the years have really enjoyed this teamwork experience so please sign up as we will need as many people as possible.


Fruit Pickup:

  1. Please arrive between 8:30 am - 11:30 am unless your order is over $800, then please come no earlier than 10:00 am

  2. Bring ONE check for the grand total of all your orders made out to ‘MHS BOPA’. 

  3. Park on the street (NOT in the bus lane!!).

  4. Come through Door 4 (front of MHS) to pay for your order and get your original order form(s).

  5. After your order is filled, get your card & park in the bus lane

  6. We’ll help you load your car!

  7. Important: Products need to be refrigerated if you are not delivering right away. Products cannot be stored in vehicles or garages during cold weather!

  8. Deliver your orders and remember to tell them thank you!


If you are truly unavailable to pick up your fruit on 12/7, please try to arrange for a friend to pick it up for you (we have limited space to store unclaimed orders at MHS and the temperature control is less than desirable for fruit).  Please remember to send along a check with them as well.  If you are unable to make other arrangements, please let a member of the fruit committee or one of the MHS music teachers know ahead of time.

Thank you for your support.

The 2019 Fruit Sale Committee, BOPA & MHS Teachers

November 17, 2019 - Orchestra Updates

Hello, Orchestra families!


It is concert week for all of us, so here are some details.


  • Sun 11/17: Some Cardinal and Sinfonia members are performing at Attic Angels today.

    • Arrive for 2:45 rehearsal

    • Bring music and music stand

    • Wear all black or white top/black bottom

    • Concert starts at 3:30 (lasts about 45 minutes)

  • Mon 11/18, Tues 11/19, and Thurs 11/21: Some orchestra musicians are assisting with the MS concerts. 

    • They have signed up to help and should know when to arrive.

    • Wear red orchestra shirts!


    • Dress per THESE guidelines.

    • Arrive no later than 6:50 pm for tuning and warm-up.

    • Concert starts 7:30 pm

      • Cardinals start on stage

      • Sinfonia and Symphony start in the audience

    • All students stay for the full concert to support their colleagues

      • Leave the cell phone off and away, please

    • Parents: please sign up HERE to help with the reception and bring food


One last note: Winter Teas are coming up in December.  Details and permission slips coming soon:

  • Philomusica at West Middleton on Thurs 12/12

  • Symphony Orchestra on Fri 12/13


See you all later this week!


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