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  • Writer's pictureRaine Allen

Orchestra Newsletter- Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Updated: Jan 22

Hello, Orchestra Students & Families!

Message from the Director

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Happy Tuesday! I hope this newsletter finds you well-rested and rejuvenated from the Thanksgiving break, and I also sincerely hope you were all able to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones this past Thanksgiving Day. The holiday season is truly a magical time of year, and there's no better time to reflect on our growth and progress, our goals for the future, and to count our many blessings in life.

I count each and every one of your children as a special blessing in my life. It is truly a privilege to go to work everyday with such talented, dedicated, and joyous individuals. Please accept my continued thanks for the opportunity to work with your children- I truly believe they are changing the world through their music, their hard work, and their kindness.

Please read on to learn about ticket sales for our Winter Concert, which is coming up this Tuesday, December 5th, at 7pm in our DPHS Performing Arts Center! We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for this showcase of our students' hard work and dedication.

There is also more information below on Fair Share, ASTA Nationals for Premiere Orchestra, and ORCHESTRA HOODIES AND T-SHIRTS!

Sincerely- Ms. Raine Hollingsworth

Winter Concert & Ticket Sales

Our Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm in our Performing Arts Center on south campus. We will be charging admission- ALL TICKET SALES MUST BE PLACED ONLINE, either prior to the concert or at the door. No cash payments will be accepted.

Fair Share

FAIR SHARE: At this time, any student who has not paid their Fair Share will have the amount added to their obligations. Fair Share payments can still be made here: 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 in order to have your Fair Share payment confirmed with our records.


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:

Forgot to order your 23-24 Orchestra shirt or hoodie???

No worries! Place your order here by December 1st!

DPHS Orchestra shirts and hoodies make the perfect holiday present!

Remaining Dates for the 23-24 School Year

Tuesday, December 5th, 7pm- Winter Orchestra Concert Thursday, February 22nd, 7pm- Pre-MPA Concert Thursday, February 29th-Saturday, March 2nd (one of these dates)- Music Performance Assessment

Spring Break- Orchestra Nationals Friday, April 26th, 7pm- Spring Concert

Remaining VPA Recitals & Excused Absence Form

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, 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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