Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekly Updates - August 12

Dear Parents,

If you have not already, please fill out this form on the link below so I can get all students into our new management system for playing tests.

Here are updates for each grade level:

Small Groups: Our first Fiddlers rehearsal for both new and returning members is this Thursday at 8am. NO audition is required! The only requirement for Fiddlers is that students must have at least one year of experience on their instrument and have a willingness to learn and memorize fiddle tunes! Come join in on the fun! The fee for joining Fiddlers this year is $20, which includes their t-shirt. (All Fiddlers will receive new shirts this year.)

Chamber Orchestra is a new group starting here at Durham, with auditions being held Monday, August 19. Here are the audition requirements:
1. 2 one octave major scales with arpeggios (such as D Major, G Major, etc) OR 1 two or three octave scale. (More points awarded for two and three octaves)
2. A short excerpt of music of their choice (only 30 seconds or so)
3. Sight-reading (they will be given 30 seconds to sight-read an 8-10 measure excerpt)

I will post results from the audition by Tuesday, August 20 at dismissal, and we will conduct our first rehearsal on Monday, August 26. The fee for students who are accepted into Chamber Orchestra will be $20, which includes a t-shirt.

8th Grade: All students should have their binders in class tomorrow. They are doing great work in shifting (playing higher up their instrument) in 3rd and 4th position and have started a new piece called, "Night Shift." Their first playing test will be exercise #10 from the worksheet given to them in class, and they will do this playing test in class on Thursday, August 29th. They have plenty of time to practice. :) They really are doing great work!

7th Grade: All students should have Essential Elements book 2 for their instrument, along with their binder, on Monday. We are almost complete with our review exercises in the book, and will soon be working on learning new notes and rhythms. I will hand out "Somewhere Out There" for their fall concert to 7th grade sometime this week!

6th Grade: All 6th grade students will be receiving information about the materials needed for class this week. We will be learning about the parts of the instrument, setting up lockers and cubbies, and learning some basic music literacy/music theory this week as we wait for everyone to get their instruments and supplies. All instruments and supplies are due in class by Monday, August 19.

Should you have any questions, please let us know!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Welcome back!

Dear Durham Orchestra,

Welcome Back! We are so excited to start our 2019-2020 school year! Students will need their instruments on the 2nd day of school, with a materials due date of August 8th. The Equipment and Materials list is on the right hand side of the blog and is also in the Handbook. A physical copy of the equipment list will be handed out on the first day.

Please fill out the following form to access the handbook and for us to gather important information:

We are SO excited to welcome you all back and look forward to a fabulous year in Orchestra! :)

Jennifer Aikey and Bobby Crosby

Monday, May 13, 2019

Small Group Celebration

Dear Parents,

Our Fiddler and Cello Choir celebration breakfast is tomorrow morning starting at 8am! I am bringing Chick-Fil-a chicken minis and cookies, but could use some help with drinks and other things. Please sign up with this link if your child can bring something!

Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Monday, May 6, 2019

Weekly Updates IMPORTANT May 6-10

Dear Parents,

As we are approaching the last few days of school, there are some things we need to do to wrap up the year in Orchestra. 

FINAL CONCERT for 6th Grade, Fiddlers, and Cello Choir is tomorrow night at Durham! All students should arrive in their uniform at 6:30pm, the concert will start promptly at 7pm. Fiddlers and Cello Choir are allowed to leave as soon as they are finished performing. 

Summer Checkouts - If your 6th or 7th grade child needs to check out a school instrument over the summer, please have them let me know so I can indicate on my summer forms that they will have it. I will use the same contract as this school year, so there are no additional forms that need to be filled out by you. 

ALL 6th and 7th Grade Students (and 8th graders not attending Universal) should take home their instruments tomorrow unless they are doing the Smartmusic competition for Olympics. Ms. Sanchez and I will be with the 8th graders on their Universal trip this Wednesday through Friday, we have Olympics during connections all week next week, then it's the last three days of school, where we will be cleaning out lockers/cubbies and doing other activities. 

8th Grade Students attending Universal: All Universal students should arrive at Durham by 6:15am Wednesday morning to be prepared to load the buses promptly at 7. We need time for students to exchange info with chaperones, change into their first trip shirt, and receive bags and lanyards. Please being a case of water if you can!

Don't forget to have a look at the Summer Camps email I sent out a few weeks ago, as most discount deadlines for these camps are May 15!

Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Weekly Updates April 24 (copied from e-blast)

Dear Parents,

Spring time is definitely here, which means a busy time for many of us! Orchestra is no exception, with final concerts and the 8th Grade Spring Trip to Universal soon approaching!

Final Concert Dates:

7th and 8th Grade Orchestra: 
Thursday, May 2 at Durham MS
Students arrive at 6:30pm, concert start at 7pm
Wear Formal Uniforms

6th Grade, Fiddlers, and Cello Choir
Tuesday, May 7 at Durham MS
Students arrive at 6:30pm, concert start at 7pm
Wear Formal Uniforms or small group uniform

Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Monday, April 22, 2019

Updated 8th Grade Announcement

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Our rehearsal Wednesday morning is cancelled due to a meeting that I am now required to attend. I am so sorry for any inconvenience. 

This is also a reminder that our required parent meeting for Universal is Tuesday night at 7pm in the theater (6pm in the chorus room for chaperones). Please make arrangements to be there. If you cannot be there, please let me know right away. Thank you,

Jennifer Aikey

Student- Parent Info Form