Friday, March 2, 2018

LGPE Information

LGPE will be hosted at McEachern HS on March 12th and 13th

2018 LGPE Itinerary for the day of your evaluation 

Homeroom: Bring instrument and Formal Uniform to school (and lunch if not ordering CFA). (Remember to label)

 7th Grade: Monday, March 12
10:30am Depart Durham
11:00 Unload
11:30 Eat Lunch/Change
12:40 Unpack and Tune
1:00 Warm Up
1:30 Perform
2:00 Sight-reading
2:30 Depart McEachern
3:15 Arrival at Durham

8th Grade: Tuesday, March 13
11:00am Depart Durham
11:30am Unload, eat lunch
11:40 Eat Lunch/Change
1:35 Unpack/Tune
2:00 Warm Up
2:45 Perform
3:15 Sight-reading
3:45 Pack and Listen to 2 groups
5:00 Depart McEachern
5:30 Arrival at Durham

Things to consider:
1.  Students should get a good night of sleep the night before evaluations.
2.  Make sure instrument cases and uniforms/garment bags are labeled. Keep a record of your instrument’s serial number (located on the inside of the instrument).

3.  Encourage your child to practice at home!  We are counting on every member of the orchestra to do his or her part in being prepared for our evaluation. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

7th and 8th Grade Updates

Hello 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

Our Pre-LGPE concert is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm. Please have your child at Durham by 6:30pm for sign-in and tuning. 8th Grade will perform first. 7th grade Parents, you will find this concert to be very informative and helpful in understanding the LGPE process. :)

Also, McEachern's Orchestra is doing an awesome thing in helping provide lunch the day of LGPE. Your child should bring in $8 BY THE END OF THIS WEEK to the safe if they would like to purchase a Chick Fil A lunch, which includes a CFA sandwich, chips, cookie, and water bottle. If your child does not want to order a CFA lunch, they should bring a lunch the day of LGPE. (March 12 for 7th Grade, March 13th for 8th Grade). Tomorrow night's program will have detailed information on those specific dates and times. 

We also need chaperones for March 12 (7th Grade) and March 13 (8th Grade). If you can chaperone, please email me back and let me know! 

Thank you all for your support!! 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8th Grade Annoucements

Dear 8th grade parents,

Your child will be receiving their playing test assignment today as we prepare for LGPE. Your child's playing test is on specified measures of "M to the Third Power," which is the most challenging piece on their program. Please make sure they are practicing this at home or coming in for early morning practice to work on this! They will record this test on Charms, due Friday, February 16 (right before Feb break!). 

Students auditioning for Honor Orchestra: don't forget that auditions are this Saturday at Dodgen!

The final Disney payment was actually due last week (oops!). It is only $25. Please check your accounts to ensure that you have paid $725 if your child is going to Disney. We are so looking forward to their trip.

Please also make sure you have Tuesday, February 27th on your calendar, which is their Pre-LGPE concert at Durham at 7pm. The dress is casual for this preview concert and 8th grade will perform first.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

The ASO field trip is tomorrow!  Students will wear Durham White Polo shirts and school appropriate pants (preferably jeans, NO shorts) and closed toe/heel shoes.  

Students will report to theater at the first period bell and we will depart at 10:00.  We will watch the concert and arrive back at the school at approximately 1:00 PM. Students will eat Chick Fil A (if they ordered it), change clothes and then go to their classes.  

Chaperone need to meet in the theater for a meeting at 9:00 am. 

Please make sure that they bring a beverage to eat with their Chick Fil A. 

Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey and Selena Sanchez

Monday, January 29, 2018

Practice Logs and 6th ASO Trip

Dear Parents,

If you have a 7th or 8th Grade student, your child should have hopefully brought their instrument home over the weekend OR are planning to come in for early morning practice, as they have a practice log due on Thursday. I handed this out to them this past Thursday. There is a section of this practice log where they are asked to write down any feedback from family or friends, so encourage your child to practice a little bit in front of you. :) You should initial next to the amount of minutes they practice each day, and if they practice 4 times for at least 20 minutes, they will receive a 100. (15 points off for each day less than 4.) They have received ALL the music for performance evaluations (LGPE) upcoming in March, so they have a LOT to work on! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let me know...and keep encouraging them to take their instrument home!

6th Grade Parents: If your child is planning on attending the ASO trip, it is this Friday! More details will come later, but please make sure your child eats a good breakfast on Friday, since they won't have lunch until around 1:30pm Friday. The 6th Grade students do not participate in LGPE, so they are working on learning more notes on their instrument to be ready for our awesome West Cobb Jamboree concert in late March! They are doing an AWESOME job!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Playing Tests and Upcoming Concerts!

We are busy preparing for our concerts! Every grade level has a current playing test to work on. 

8th Grade Playing Test (due Thurs Dec 7)1st Violins on Trepak- measures (mm) 57-end
1st Violins on African Bell Carol- mm. 89-end
Violas- African Bell Carol mm. 41-56
Cellos and Basses- Trepak mm. 17-30

7th Grade Playing Test (due Fri Dec 8)1st Violins on Santa Plays the Viola- mm. 12-27
1st Violins on Holly Jolly Medley- Letter C to 4 measures before E
Violas- Santa Plays the Viola mm. 32-43 (include pickup notes)
Cellos- Santa mm. 24-29
Basses- Hanukkah Song mm. 21-28

6th Grade Playing Test (due Mon Dec 11)All students play measures from Snowflakes
Violins- mm. 9-24
Violas and Cellos- mm. 25-32
Basses- mm. 17-32

All playing tests will be recorded on the Charms app. Here's how to log in:

School Code: DurhamOrch (caps do matter!)password/id: first 5 letters of their last name, followed by the first 5 letters of their first name. ex. Bailey Johnson would be johnsbaile

After they log in the first time, it will prompt them to change their password to something they will remember. After they change their password, they tap on the three lines in the top right hand corner and tap "Recording Studio" then tap the sheet of paper icon on the bottom and tap on the assignment to record. When they are finished recording, they can listen to what they have played and then submit it by pressing the checkmark. If they want to re-record it, they can exit out of that recording and redo it!

Here are all the details on our upcoming concerts:

6th Grade, Fiddlers, and Cello Choir Concert
Wednesday, December 13
Durham Theater
Students arrive by 6:30pm in the Orchestra room for tuning, Concert Starts at 7pm
Uniforms: 6th Grade- White Durham polo, black dress pants, black dress shoes (no tennis shoes or black jeans please!)
Cello Choir and Fiddlers wear their small group t-shirts and jeans

7th and 8th Grade Concert
Thursday, December 14th
Durham Theater
Students arrive by 6:30pm in the Orchestra room for tuning, concert starts at 7pm
All students wear their formal uniform (Girls black dresses, boys tux shirt, black tie, black pants) with black dress shoes (NO TENNIS SHOES!!!)

I will need parent volunteers for both concerts and will send out a sign-up for that soon. 

Thank you all SO much for your support of the Orchestra Program!! I'm looking forward to their concerts! :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Concert Cancelled

Tonight's concert at Allatoona is cancelled and will be rescheduled. I will let you know as soon as I know a rescheduled date. Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey