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:

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