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. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

FALL CONCERT - note start time @ 6:30pm

Stuart High School Fall Concert

under the direction of Cassandra Haynes

October 5th, Thursday @ 6:30pm 

in the Stuart Auditorium

A joint concert with Glasgow Middle School Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra's
 under the direction of Stephen Shook. 


Call Times:

  • Chamber Orchestra - 5pm to tune. Then go and help Glasgow MS tune. 
  • Symphonic Orchestra - 5:30pm to tune. Then go help make sure the stage is set correctly. 
  • Concert Orchestra - 6pm to tune. Then go into the auditorium to sit for the start of the concert. 
 Please note: all orchestra students will need to be seated in the auditorium with their instrument and music no later than 6:25pm. The concert itself will not be that long as each group performs one piece. We are excited to showcase the new groups at both Glasgow MS and Stuart HS and share pizza with one another. 

Join us after the concert for a pizza reception provided by the Stuart Orchestra boosters.
 We need your help with drinks and desserts. 
We ask students with last names A-L to bring drinks, 
and those with last names M-Z to bring dessert or other food item.  
 Please drop off donations in the Little Theater when your student arrives at call time. 

In addition, we are looking for several volunteers to help with set-up. 
If you're able to lend a hand, please email Kathy Havey at khavey1@gmail.com.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

TAG DAY 2017: Parent Volunteers Needed

Please mark your calendars for TAG DAY, Saturday September 16th. It is the most important fundraiser for the Stuart music department in that it benefits all students in Orchestra, Band and Chorus. It is an annual September event in which music students canvas the neighborhoods to request donations for Stuart’s fantastic music ensembles. Every year the students raise over $30k in one day of fundraising. The funds are then divided between the 3 music disciplines depending on the hours of participation from the students/parents in that music discipline.

TAG Day is a long-standing tradition of Stuart High School. Groups of four or six will depart with a volunteer parent driver to go door-to-door in pairs, visiting homes in the Stuart neighborhoods. All neighbors are given a calendar of Stuart music performances, and donors to Stuart receive a tax-deductible receipt for their records.

Orchestra parent volunteers are needed to make this fundraiser a success. We need parents to act as drivers for the day. Each parent driver takes 4 students in their vehicle and drives a designated route through the community. Parents' hours are also included in the division of the funds so please volunteer for this very important event. Please volunteer at this link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949a9ac29a02-stuart3

All orchestra students are expected to participate Saturday September 16th from 8a to ~3:30p. This fundraiser provides the money for yearly expense of uniforms, instrument purchase and repair, transportation to festivals and performances, scholarships, guest clinicians, and participation fees in competitions and festivals.  Please wear comfortable shoes, nice jeans, and your orchestra t-shirt.
The Orchestral Department thanks you in advance for your support of this very important fundraiser!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony


Thursday, June 8th at 7pm in the Stuart Auditorium


Please join us for the final concert of the 2017 school year!


Call times:
Chamber Orchestra @ 5:45pm (tune)
Symphonic Orchestra @ 5:45pm (dress) 6:10p (tune)
Concert Orchestra @ 6:00pm (dress) 6:20p (tune)

Best of luck to the Seniors!
Many thanks to all of those who contributed their time and effort to a fantastic year for the Stuart Orchestras. Have a great summer and we'll see you next year.




Monday, April 17, 2017

Chicago Spring Trip 2017

Tuesday April 18th 
Mandatory Parents' Meeting 
for all music students going to Chicago
7pm @ Stuart Auditorium

  • Students will need to bring their suitcase to this meeting. They will drop it off after the meeting and it will be secured overnight in the school. Students will NOT have access to their suitcase again until Thursday evening so please do not pack anything that you might need before then (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.). These items will need to be placed in their "carry-on bag" that they will bring Wednesday evening. 
  • Parents -- if you signed the luggage search form stating that you will check the luggage yourself and verify that nothing has been placed in there that is illegal, or against school policy (medications, etc.) you will need to drop off the luggage yourself Tuesday evening. If you signed the luggage form stating that we can search the luggage prior to securing it, the student can wait in line to drop off the luggage. Luggage is searched in a private area. Please have the student's name on the luggage and do not lock the luggage. 
  • After the meeting there will be rehearsals with each of the music groups. Choir will rehearse right away while orchestra and band check their luggage. Orchestra and band will then have a rehearsal while choir checks their luggage. This will help with the flow of traffic. 
  • Water and Snack Donations Needed! We would like to have water on each of the three buses for the students and also snacks. In the past - chips, cookies, fruit snacks, crackers, trail mixes have been donated (usually from a store like Costco, etc.) If you would like to donate either water or food please bring the donation with you Tuesday night for the parent meeting and we can store it until the next day when we leave. 

More information PLUS itinerary available  on the Spring Trip 2017 Tab

Thursday, March 2, 2017

VBODA Assessments Friday March 10th: Falls Church High School

Concert Orchestra

Performance @ 4pm

Students will leave early from Stuart High School @ 2pm

Estimated time back at Stuart 7:15pm


Symphonic Orchestra

Performance @ 5:35pm

Students will leave early from Stuart High School @ 2pm

Estimated time back at Stuart 7:15pm



Chamber Orchestra

Performance @ 8:10pm

Students will drive themselves or carpool to Falls Church High School.

No bus will be provided.

Students should arrive at Falls Church NO LATER than 7PM


Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, 22042

These performances are open to the public. 
Feel free to  attend the concerts and support Stuarts' fantastic orchestras!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pre-assessment Concerts

These concerts are designed for the students to perform their VBODA Assessment pieces
in front of an audience and other orchestra directors for feedback 
before they perform at the actual assessments. 

Thursday February 23rd @ 7pm, Stuart Auditorium

JEB Stuart Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra, along with Glasgow Chamber Orchestra
JEB Stuart musicians report to the school at 6pm

Wednesday March 1st @ 7pm, Stuart Auditorium

JEB Stuart Concert Orchestra, along with Glasgow Orchestras
JEB Stuart musicians report to the school at 6pm