Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Spring Concert @ 7pm May 30th in MAIN GYM

Join Us Wednesday May 30th
for the final concert of the school year

Spring Concert at 7pm in the Main Gym. 

 This will be a concert combined with the choir, it's going to be fantastic! 


Here are the call times for orchestra students - when they need to arrive: 

Chamber - 5pm
Symphonic - 5:30pm
Concert/Cadet - 6pm

These are the times when students will need to be here at Stuart to change into their formal attire. Please remember to bring your black socks and shoes! 

IMMEDIATELY following the concert the choir will have their short senior recognition ceremony in the Main Gym and the orchestra students and families will move to the auditorium for a brief awards ceremony. Books Awards, Certificates and Senior Recognition will take place. 

After the awards ceremony ALL students (choir and orchestra) will help breaking down the set-up in the Main Gym. Every orchestra student is responsible for taking care of their own chair and stand and getting it racked and stacked and moved back into the orchestra room. The Main Gym needs to be clear for Thursday morning.

REMINDER: All orchestra students will have a mandatory rehearsal Tuesday May 29th with the choir students after school in the main gym. The rehearsal starts at 3:10 and will end at 4:30pm. Please be prompt and have all necessary items. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Spring Concert After School Rehearsals

It is important to have some after-school rehearsals for our Spring Concert, as there are several pieces that are combined with the choir or other orchestras. The dates and times of those rehearsals are listed below. It is extremely important to have everyone there to help with a smooth running of the Spring Concert on May 30th. 

After School Rehearsals:
Tuesday May 22nd
Wednesday May 23rd
Tuesday May 29th from 3:15 - 4:30pm. 
Attendance will be taken. 

Meet in the orchestra room and be ready with your instrument tuned and music prepared no later than 3:15.

This is a BIG undertaking for the Spring Concert and it is vital that everyone is there so that everyone is aware of what is happening. SO please clear your afternoons for these dates. These are not a surprise :) They have been on the board for a few weeks and we have also discussed them numerous times in class. 

If you have any questions please let me know. I am excited for the spring concert - it is going to be a great one!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Since FCPS is closed today March 2nd (Friday), there are NO ASSESSMENTS FOR CONCERT AND SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA STUDENTS at Annandale .

They might try to add groups to tomorrow's schedule but we will have to wait and see.

 Chamber orchestra members are on schedule for tomorrow March 3rd,
 Ms, Haynes will be at Stuart tomorrow (Saturday) at noon if you need to get any uniforms, music or instruments. 
Please plan to be there if you need to pick anything up. 

    March 3rd (Saturday) - ASSESSMENT FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
              * Chamber orchestra students will need to arrive at Annandale High School NO LATER than 2pm. Students will need to have gotten their instrument, music and uniform from the orchestra room on Saturday and come dressed in the uniform. 

                  - Performance: 3:30pm. Students are expected to be finished around 4:15pm. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Upcoming Pre-Assessment Concerts and Assessment Times

Please keep in mind that there are three orchestras, so double check that the information you are recording is for your child's orchestra. 

  February 14th (today) - there will be an after school rehearsal for Chamber orchestra students from 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room. 

    February 15th (Thursday) - there will be an after school rehearsal for Symphonic Orchestra from 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room. 

    February 20th (Tuesday) - there will be an after school rehearsal for Concert Orchestra from 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room. 

    February 21st (Wednesday) - there will be an after school rehearsal for Concert Orchestra rom 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room. 

    February 22nd (Thursday) - Pre-Assessment Concert #1. This concert will involve the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra students. The concert is at 7pm and will also include Glasgow Chamber students and a combined group with 22 elementary students from area elementary schools. For many of the "little ones" this will be their first concert on a "real stage", so that is exciting. 
          *Chamber students arrive at 5:45 to tune. Change afterwards. 
          * Symphonic students arrive at 5:45 to change. Tune at 6:15. 

    February 27th (Tuesday) - Pre-Assessment Concert #2. This concert will involve the Concert Orchestra students. The concert is at 7pm and will also include the Glasgow Concert and Glasgow Symphonic Orchestras. 
          * Concert students arrive at 6pm to change. Tune at 6:15pm. 

    March 2nd (Friday) - ASSESSMENT FOR CONCERT AND SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
            * Concert orchestra students will board a bus and leave at 3:45 pm to travel to Annandale High School. Any symphonic members that will need a ride to assessment will also need to take this bus. 
              - Performance: 5:40pm. Students expect to be back at Stuart around 6:45pm. 

            * Symphonic orchestra students will need to arrive at Annandale High School NO LATER than 6pm. Please come earlier if possible to watch the concert orchestra performance and support them. There is no bus transportation provided. Students will need to come dressed in their performance uniform. 

                  - Performance: 7:40. Students are expected to be finished around 8:15pm. 

    March 3rd (Saturday) - ASSESSMENT FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
              * Chamber orchestra students will need to arrive at Annandale High School NO LATER than 2pm. Students will need to have gotten their instrument, music and uniform from the orchestra room on Friday and come dressed in the uniform. 

                  - Performance: 3:30pm. Students are expected to be finished around 4:15pm. 


This is a lot of information. The students were given paper packets in school with this information and a permission slip to be signed for the Assessment trip to Annandale. Please sign these and have your student return them no later than February 20th. There are many moving parts when organizing large events such as this, so your timeliness on this matter is appreciated.

Friday, January 5, 2018

District Honors Orchestra Event Update; Note Rehearsal and Concert Time Changes

This posting pertains to the students who are involved in the District Honors Orchestra Event. As you know, FCPS is closed today, Friday January 5, so the rehearsal is cancelled as well. 

If FCPS activities are  NOT cancelled for Saturday, the DHO event proceeds at South County HS. The rehearsal will start at 8am on Saturday January 6th with the concert at 4:30pm instead of 3pm. 

Many of you may have left your uniform at Stuart. Ms. Haynes will try to get the uniforms if possible. If the school is not open, plan on wearing all black. Look for a post on Google Classroom in reference to the uniforms.

Please email me at crhaynes@fcps.edu if you have any questions - and keep on practicing! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2107 Winter Concert

Thursday, December 7th @ 7pm

The Stuart High School Orchestra Department
is pleased to offer its
Annual Winter Concert!

The students have worked extremely hard on the music literature that they will be presenting to the public. The concert is free and all are invited to attend! There will be a small reception after the concert in the Little Theater.

       The following are “call times” for the students. Please arrive at SHS no later than your selected time. Bring black socks/tights and black shoes to wear.
§  Symphonic Orchestra – 5:30pm
§  Concert Orchestra – 5:30pm
§  Chamber Orchestra – 6:00pm

       The concert counts as a summative grade for the class. All students are required to attend.

We are asking for food and drink donations from students for the reception immediately following the concert.  Drop off items at the Little Theater on your way into the school. If your last name begins with: 
  A to T – please bring a dozen cookies or cupcakes or other "holiday"  dessert item to share
 S to Z – please bring individual drinks such as bottled water, juice boxes (eg. Capri Sun) or cans of soda

Thank you for your tireless support. We may not say it often enough but your continued commitment to orchestra is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.




Monday, November 13, 2017

District Honors Orchestra Auditions Tuesday Nov. 14th

District Honors Orchestra Auditions are Tuesday, November 14th @ Francis C. Hammond MS. 

ALL orchestra students have been given excerpts and scales back in September 
to prepare for this audition and all orchestra students are encouraged to do so. 

      Francis C. Hammond MS
      4646 Seminary Road
      Alexandria, VA 22304

Registration is 3:30 - 6:30pm, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

DO NOT SHOW UP BEFORE 3:30 because of the school buses. 

Unless you absolutely need an early number DO NOT to show up right at 3:30 as the audition line will be extremely long at that time. If your schedule permits, show up around 4:30 or so. Or even later. Just make sure that you are there before 6:30. 

It is $5 to audition and please have exact change. 

    Auditions are usually done by 8pm - and even earlier for many instruments. Violins tend to go longer as there are more students auditioning on violin. No results will be posted that evening. 

    Students who are selected will be participating in the 
District Honors Orchestra Event at South County HS January 4th - 6th. 

    Good luck to all students auditioning and please do not hesitate to email Ms. Haynes with questions.