October 19, 2017 Campus Messenger - Important Orchestra Information

Hi, Orchestra Families! There are several items in today's note.  Please read thoroughly and contact me with any questions you may have. Items include:

  1. Whole Note Newsletter

  2. Cardinal Orchestra Concert

  3. Tour Update

  4. Soiree on 11/3

  5. Orchestra Spirit Wear

  6. Annual T-shirts!

  7. Taxes

1) Whole Note The Whole Note, the newsletter of the Band and Orchestra Parent Association, is attached and ready for you to read.  There is lots of really great information and some important reminders, so please be in the habit of reading this each issue.  Thanks to Laura Guse for putting it together! 2) Cardinal Orchestra Concert The Cardinal Orchestra will be joining forces with the Cardinal Band and Cardinal Chorale for the Cardinal Showcase this coming Tuesday 10/24.  The concert starts at 7:30 pm in the PAC.  Students should arrive in concert clothes by 6:45 pm for warming up and tuning.  The entire performance will take about 1 hour. Men: White dress shirt, long tie or bow tie (red is nice, others OK), Black dress pants (no black jeans or cords--Dockers are OK), black socks, black dress shoes (no black tennies or the like) Women: Black dress pants (no skirts or dresses), appropriate black top (either long or short sleeve) with covered shoulders, optional splash of red, dark hose of some sort is preferred, black closed-toe dress shoes with no more than 1” heel (no flip-flops/sandals) 3) Tour Update The Spain/Portugal sign up is progressing, and we have extended the sign-up deadline until NOVEMBER 1.  You can still sign up after that date, but the $200 early discount will expire after Oct.31.  HERE is the folder with information about the trip.  Email with questions! 4) On Friday 11/3, the Orchestra will hold its 3rd annual SOIREE.  All orchestra students are invited and encouraged to come.  The fun starts with a semi-required/strongly encouraged rehearsal on stage in the PAC from 4-5pm.  After that, we move on to inflatable fun: hoppy horses, a gladiator joust, and the velcro wall!  We are also collecting dishes to pass and donated pizza, so watch for a request for your assistance in this.  We are also looking for some parents to help supervise the evening (and yes, adults get to play with the inflatables, too!).  We will also have rooms for movies and board gaming.  It is fun every year! 5) Spirit Wear Thanks to graphic artist Sarah Ripp Donovan (Orch CLas of 2006), we now have an official orchestra logo, and we have decided to put it to use on Orchestra Spirit Wear.  Shirts, jackets, hats, sweatpants, and even a fleece onesie are available for purchase at the new BOPA WEBSITE STORE.  While you are there, browse the rest of the site--and thanks to Danielle Boorstein for her work as the web administrator.  Show your Orchestra Pride--orders will be taken until 11/17! 6) Annual T-Shirt Separate from spirit wear, we have also created a new Annual T-Shirt for all orchestra musicians grades 4-12.  Each year, a new design will appear on a shirt that will be used for concert events (Spring Supper, Fine Arts Week, middle school concerts, the Cardinal Creation Demonstration in March, etc.) and can also be worn to advertise orchestra events.  Every student has been charged $6 in FeePay for the shirts, which will arrive in early November.  Please go in and take care of that in the system.  Younger students will eventually have a collection of the shirts, each with a different design, and that can become a reminder of the progress each student makes from beginner to high school musician (can you say "t-shirt quilt?...).  Building community! 7) Tax preparation Thanks for sticking with this rather lengthy note.  Last item! BOPA is looking for a new person to do the tax preparation after a retirement for our last one.  Taxes need to be completed by the end of February.  If you have the desire and skill to do this pro bono or at a reduced rate, or if you know somebody who would, please pass their contact info on to one of the MHS music teachers right away.  Thanks! As always, I would love to hear from you! Steve Kurr 829-9870

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