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  • Writer's pictureRaine Allen

Orchestra Newsletter Thursday, October 26, 2023

Hello, Orchestra Students & Families!


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

I would like to start by congratulating each and every one of our students on an amazing first concert! They have made tremendous progress since the first week of school, and I feel that their artistic accomplishments showed through at our first performance of the school year! Thank you so much to every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, sibling, a family friend or other loved one who attended our concert- truly, just being present supports our program and helps create a vibrant arts community for everyone to enjoy!


On a small personal note, my last name will be changing from "Allen" to "Hollingsworth". I will be signing newsletters and emails with my new last name, so I wanted to notify everyone of the change to help eliminate confusion.

  • While my name change request waits to be processed by OCPS, my email address will still be raine.allen@ocps.net

  • Once it is completed, my email address will change automatically to raine.hollingsworth@ocps.net seamlessly and still deliver your messages to the same inbox :)

I'd also love to share some photos from Premiere's masterclass with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! Students had the opportunity to work with three musicians from this world-class ensemble while they were in residency at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. We were one of only two high schools in OCPS who had this incredible opportunity!


As always, please call, email, or message with any questions or concerns!


Sincerely, Ms. Raine Hollingsworth


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • FAIR SHARE: We ask that remaining Fair Share payments be completed by Tuesday, October 31st. Fair Share payments can be made here: https://www.drphillipsorchestras.com/make-a-payment

    • Fair Share for the 23-24 school year is $100. Parents can make a $50 or $100 payment on SchoolPay at the link above.

    • Fair Share for the 22-23 school year was $60. Parents can make that payment at the same link above.

    • Please send the SchoolPay receipt(s) to raine.allen@ocps.net in order to have your Fair Share payment confirmed with our records.

  • NATIONALS 3rd INSTALLMENT: The 3rd installment for our trip to Nationals is due Monday, October 30th. If you have not already done so, please visit the website https://www.grouptravelplanners.com/tripportal and enter the trip ID 10859 in order to set up your child's account and make the necessary payments. You can email me with any questions or difficulties with the website.

    • WE STILL NEED THREE MORE CHAPERONES TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! Thank you to Mrs. Caputo, Mrs. Anderson, and Mr. McNarney for agreeing to chaperone for this trip! If you would like to apply to chaperone, please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/jZdWuGuuXtNJkhW4A

REMAINING DATES FOR THE 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR

  • Tuesday, December 5th, 7pm- Winter Orchestra Concert

  • Thursday, February 22nd, 7pm-

  • Thursday, February 29th-Saturday, March 2nd (one of these dates)- Music Performance Assessment

  • Friday, April 26th, 7pm- Spring Concert

VPA MAGNET RECITALS

  • Magnet Students are required to wear their VPA Polos all day on recital days in order to receive full recital credit. This year, being in uniform and attending recitals will be a grade for VPA Magnet students. Being tardy or out of uniform will result in a lower grade. Missing the recital without first submitting an "Excused Absence Application" form will result in a F for that recital grade.

  • Remaining VPA Recital Dates for this year (also available digitally at Calendar):

    • Wednesday, November 8th- 1:30pm

    • Wednesday, January 17th- 1:30pm

    • Wednesday, February 7th- 1:30pm

    • Wednesday, March 13th- 1:30pm

    • Monday, May 6th- 2:30pm (Seniors only, dress rehearsal)

    • Tuesday, May 7th- 7:00pm

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