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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Concert and Fiddlers Performance

For ALL Orchestra Students:

The 10th Annual TV/Movie Fall Concert!
When:  Thursday, 10/26/17.  Students report at 7:00 PM.  Concert starts at 7:30PM.
Where:  Allatoona High School GymWho:  All members of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestras.  Plus AHS orchestras!
What:  Our first concert of the year! We will perform themes from TV and the Movies.
Costume:  To fit the theme of the concert, orchestra members are invited to wear a costume (a favorite TV or movie character, or something just plain fun).  Otherwise, regular casual school outfits will be fine for this concert.
*Please avoid costumes that might be considered offensive, unpatriotic, or otherwise scary for children in the audience!Arrival:  Middle school students should be at Allatoona at 7:00 PM, in order to tune and be set up.
Music Stand:  If you have your own portable music stand, please bring it to the concert.



Fiddlers Performance this weekend, for 7th and 8th Grade FIDDLERS ONLY:

Saturday, October 21st at the McKenna Farms Festival in Dallas, GA. McKenna Farms is an amazing therapy center that helps children with disabilities. (More info available here: http://www.mckennafarms.org/)
There is NO entry fee or parking fee for students who are performing or for their parents; just let them know at the front gate that your child is performing. If you and your family wish to stay and participate in the festival and games after the performance, you would need to pay the $10 entry fee then.
We need Fiddlers to arrive by 1:15pm on Saturday, Oct 21 for tuning and set-up, wearing their Fiddlers shirts and jeans. The performance starts promptly at 2pm. The performance should last about 30 minutes. If your child is unable to come and perform due to a prior commitment, please let me know so we can make arrangements. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Updates

Hello Durham Orchestra Families,

Tomorrow, your child will receive a practice log. This practice log is due on Friday, October 21. They should practice for 20 minutes 5 times between tomorrow and next Friday in order to receive a 100. The Orchestra room is open for Early Morning Practice every day from 8:15-8:50 if they need to practice at school.

The first concert of the year for all grade levels is the TV/Movie Music Concert on Thursday, October 26th at Allatoona High School in the gym. This is a fun combined concert with all grade levels from 6th-12th grade and all the levels of Orchestra at Durham and AHS! Each Orchestra will play 1-2 pieces each. All students should arrive by 7pm, with the concert starting at 7:30pm. Students are encouraged to wear costumes. If they do not have a costume, school clothes are fine for them to wear. We hope to see you there!

All 8th Graders attending the Disney trip and chaperones should have already paid $300 up to this point, between the $100 deposit and the $200 payment due last week. Please let me know if you have any questions about payment!

Thank you all again for your contributions to the Yankee Candle fundraiser! We will let you know as soon as we find out when the items will ship. We will need a lot of volunteer help the day of the fundraiser delivery.

Here's what each grade level is working on:

8th: We are rehearsing Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, The National Anthem, and Somewhere Out There. The 8th Graders are doing very well! We are working on polishing our music and "thinking outside the box" to make the music more exciting!

7th: We are rehearsing Beauty and the Beast and Somewhere Out There. The 7th graders are making great progress, and we are working on improving our tone/sound and our intonation (playing in tune). They have awesome, positive attitudes!

6th: I'm sure 6th grade parents know now that we have taken out the bows and we are really working on getting a good sound on our instruments! They are learning Jaws and Middle School Story for their upcoming concert. Hopefully, you should be hearing them play some songs out of their book as well, as they have already played quite a few! (Hot Cross Buns, Twinkle, Jingle Bells, etc) They have been very eager and excited about Orchestra! Yay!

The Fiddlers have their first concert on October 21. If your child is in Fiddlers and you did not receive an email with information, PLEASE let me know immediately!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Thank you!

Mrs. Aikey and Mrs. Sanchez