Week of August 10th

Welcome back! I hope that everyone is staying healthy and having fun this summer, even though your summer likely looks very different from usual!

We have some great plans going to start off the year all online with some new and fun ways to play our instruments and collaborate virtually! As the year continues on, whether your student is online or in person, we have ways to collaborate as musicians together and we will have a great year!

More information will be coming soon on returning uniforms and/or school instruments from last year as well as checking out new school instruments as plans are finalized through the district.

I put a list of supplies for orchestra below. This list is very similar to what they have needed in years past, so your student likely has some or all of this list already. Please double check to make sure though (especially rosin, rock stop, shoulder rest). It will be important for your student to have a tuner at home this year. We do have an online resource we will share in Canvas, but many students find it more convenient to use a tuning app or clip on tuner (see below for more details).  

If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Martin                                        Don Sibley

jmarti12@aisd.net                                        dsibley@aisd.net

SUPPLIES

  1. Instrument Most Violin/Viola/Cello students need to rent an instrument from a local music store. (Junior High is a great time to change from the beginner level instrument to the “step up” level.) Stores have a variety of rental plans to make this affordable. If renting an instrument is not possible, we will do our best to check out a school instrument. Bass players will usually be able to use a school instrument.                          
  1. Instruments MUST be traditional wood- no painted/colored instruments. Please do not purchase your instrument at a pawnshop, grocery store, or over the internet. These instruments are often of poor quality and not set up correctly and make it very hard for the student to be successful. A good rule of thumb is: if the establishment will not let you take the instrument on a trial period to show your orchestra teacher – it is probably not worth spending your money on.
  1. Kun Shoulder Rest (Violin & Viola) (or generic Kun style) All violin/viola players must use a shoulder rest daily.    
  2. Rock Stop (Cello & Bass players) *Xeros (or generic) anchors with strap are preferred        
  3. Extra Strings – please have extra strings on hand in case of a string breaking before a performance etc.  FYI- Strings should be replaced about once a year, or anytime the string covering unwinds, or becomes “false” (no longer holds pitch accurately)
  4. Rosin   Each student should have their own rosin at school.  Bass players need to use rosin made for the bass.
  5. Tuning Device For tuning at home. (Tonal Energy or other Tuning App, or a clip-on tuner  Fender FT-004 is one good, inexpensive tuner).  
  6. Music Stand (folding stand) at home to practice, and possible use as some concerts. (propping music on furniture, or looking down at music is not sufficient)
  7. Binder – 1/2 or 1 inch hardback binder
  8. Pencil – students need a pencil at their stand in class every day

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer Martin
Orchestra Director
Email: jmarti12@aisd.net

Class Schedule

1st Period - 8:55 to 9:45 - Conference

2nd Period - 9:49 to 10:41 - Philharmonic

3rd Period - 10:45 to 11:35 - Symphony

4th Period - 11:39 to 12:29- Concert

B Lunch 12:29 to 12:59

5th Period - 1:03 to 1:53 - Elementary - Off Campus

6th Period - 1:57 to 2:47 - Elementary - Off Campus

Advisory - 2:47 to 3:17

7th Period - 3:21 to 4:10 - Elementary - Off Campus

Violin from Clip Art Panda

www.clipartpanda.com

Don Sibley
Don Sibley
Assistant Orchestra Director
Email: dsibley@aisd.net

Class Schedule

1st Period - 8:55 to 9:45 - Conference

2nd Period - 9:49 to 10:41 - Philharmonic

3rd Period - 10:45 to 11:35 - Symphony

4th Period - 11:39 to 12:29 - Concert

B Lunch 12:29 to 12:59

5th Period - 1:03 to 1:53 - Elementary - Off Campus

6th Period - 1:57 to 2:47 - Elementary - Off Campus

Advisory - 2:47 to 3:17

7th Period - 3:21 to 4:10 - Elementary - Off Campus

Trophy

Congratulations Boles Orchestras for
Superior Performances at UIL! Symphony Orchestra - SWEEPSTAKES AWARD
(29 years in a row!) 2020
Philharmonic Orchestra - SWEEPSTAKES AWARD 2020 (10 years in a row)
Concert Orchestra - Receives a Plaque

Boles Orchestra Calendar

https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/parents.asp?username=BolesJHOrch

Click "Public Calendar"

 

Upcoming Orchestra Dates

Tuesday, October 17th: Orchestra Fall Concert 7 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church *required for all orchestra students

Saturday, November 11th: Region Orchestra Auditions

Orchestra Families: Log in to access the Orchestra Handbook, handouts, and other information.

The password is your Student ID Number. You may change your password after logging in. (If you changed your password last year, use that password).  If you are having trouble logging in, email Mrs. Martin or Mr. Sibley to reset your password to the student id.

Please log in and update your email address and phone number if they change throughout the year.

Text Messages

Please sign up to receive important text messages with reminders/announcements. You must send a text to sign up in order to receive text messages.

Orchestra Notes

Charms Login Info:

www.charmsoffice.com (use parents/students/member login) or use free app: Charms Blue

**FYI- we have everyone set their passwords as follows:

schoolcode: bolesjhorch

password: first letter of last name followed by student ID # (example: m111111)

Remind Texts

If you (or your student) have not signed up for orchestra remind texts yet, please take a minute to do so:

  • Symphony (3rd period): text @bolessym to 81010
  • Philharmonic (2nd period): text @bolesphil to 81010
  • Concert (4th period): text @bolescon to 81010

Pre-UIL- Friday, February 21stAll Orchestra will perform at Pre- UIL Concert on Friday, February 21st at Martin HS. This is a required performance for all orchestra students. This concert is set up a little differently than our normal concerts. It is run on a schedule to mimic the actual UIL contest. Each orchestra will have an official warm-up time and performance time. The schedule is not ready yet, but once it is published, we will send it out.

Symphony Orchestra - Cluster Concert Performance- Saturday, February 22nd

  • 10:55 am Rehearse in Martin HS Orchestra Room
  • 12:15 pm Lunch (provided by Martin Orch Booster Club)
  • 1:00 pm CONCERT (approx. 1 hour)

Attire: Orchestra Shirt and Jeans

This is a required performance!

Movie Party! Saturday, February 29th 7-9 PM

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info and sign up link. Parent Chaperones will be needed.

UIL Concert & Sightreading Assessment

Philharmonic & Concert will go to UIL on either March 2nd or 3rd at Martin HS.

Symphony will go either March 4th or 5th at IM Terrell.

Once the schedule is published for UIL (usually a few weeks in advance), we will send it out. UIL Performances are usually scheduled between 8 am - 5 pm. We will take a bus to and from Boles for UIL. We LOVE to have parents come to UIL if you can arrange your schedule. It is much nicer to have an audience larger than the 3 judges to play for- and the judges are always very impressed by the parent support Boles Orchestra has at UIL!

To subscribe:

Symphony

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To: (469) 270-5576

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Philharmonic

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Concert

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Or

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