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VICTORIA ISD 

EAST/WEST HIGH SCHOOL

ORCHESTRA

2018-2019

 

Welcome to Victoria ISD Orchestra! You will find that learning an instrument will be one of the most rewarding experiences that you will have in a lifetime.  It requires work and dedication, but the rewards are worth it.  You will make lifelong friends from this group and may find that being in a musical group is much like being part of a big family.

 

VISDO was established in January 2009. What started as a program for fifth graders has now fully expanded into middle school and high school. Each middle school now offers a beginner and advanced class, while the high schools have a varsity and junior varsity ensemble.

 

This handbook is designed to inform you of all aspects of VISD Orchestra. Parents and students will need to read the entire handbook and become familiar with the rules and procedures for this class. Please take a close look at the calendar that was provided to you by your director. Know when your attendance is required.

 

Orchestra is not just another class; it is a performing group. By joining this group, you have taken on a big responsibility. Every member of the orchestra is important, and each person must do his or her part to create a strong group. With a little hard work and a lot of determination, you can be proud of what you will accomplish as a musician in one year.

 

We look forward to a great year and a great orchestra with you as part of it!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Justin Balli

Head Orchestra Director, West HS / Patti Welder & Cade Middle Schools

 

Karen Orser

Assistant Orchestra Director, Stroman & Howell Middle Schools / East HS

 

Melissa Balli

Assistant Orchestra Director, East HS / West HS / Cade & Howell Middle Schools

 

SUPPLIES & ORCHESTRA DUES

 

  •       Correct size instrument in good working condition.
  •       Pencil EVERY day in class
  •       Cleaning cloth kept in your case. (A piece of an old t-shirt works great!)
  •       Black, one inch, 3 ring binder to store theory and rhythm handouts
  •       Rosin
  •       Shoulder rest (for Violins and Violas)
  •       Rock stop/straps (for Cellos and Basses)

 

You may purchase or rent an instrument and purchase music supplies at any reputable music vendor.  Consult your teacher if you are not sure.  The two local music stores are:

 

Collins Music Store

3112 N Navarro St 

Victoria, TX 77901

(361) 582-0357

 

Tee’s House of Music

906 E Red River St 

Victoria, TX 77901

(361) 575-0204

 

OR YOU CAN PURCHASE ONLINE AT OUR RECOMMENDED MUSIC STORE

 

Shar Music

Sharmusic.com

1 (800) 248-7427

 

Orchestra Dues:

We are a part of an extremely supportive school district, but they don’t cover everything we feel our students need to be successful. Beginning the 2018-2019 school year, we will be collecting an orchestra due of $40. This fee will be used to cover orchestra t-shirts, instrument repairs and supplies, and competition entry fees.

 

 

High School Orchestra:

The East High School Orchestras are comprised of two distinct ensembles: The Varsity Orchestra and the Junior Varsity (JV) Orchestra.

 

East Varsity Orchestra

The Varsity Orchestra is an AUDITIONING group. This means that for a student to be in this orchestra, he/she must audition. Please be aware that an audition does not guarantee automatic admission. The student must be able to perform the audition material proper technique and tone as well as musicality and expression. At East, the Varsity Orchestra meets during 4th period and the class takes place in the East Choir Room C109. At West, the Varsity Orchestra meets during1st period in the West small band hall. The students in the Varsity Orchestra are required to audition for the Region XIV Orchestra, participate in UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Concert and Sight Reading, perform four concerts and participate in any other event related to the orchestra.

 

Junior Varsity Orchestra

The JV orchestra is not an auditioning group, but students must have at least one year of playing experience to join. At East, this orchestra meets during 7th period in the East Guitar/Mariachi room C115. At West, this orchestra meets during 2nd period in the West small band hall. Students in this orchestra have the option to audition for the Region XIV Orchestra and Solo and Ensemble. All students passing must participate in UIL Concert and Sight-Reading, perform four concerts and participate in any other event related to the orchestra. If a student chooses to audition for the Region XIV Orchestra or participate in Solo and Ensemble, he/she MUST attend before or after school rehearsals and demonstrate commitment to individual practice.

 

CONCERT ATTENDANCE AND UNIFORMS

 

Concert Attendance

Orchestra is a performing class. Class time is used for rehearsal for these performances and it is of utmost importance that the orchestra performs with the same number of musicians as it rehearses with. You will be given plenty of notice for scheduled concerts. It is your responsibility to arrive at the concert site on time. Any unexcused absence from a performance will result in a “0” for that performance event. The only acceptable excused absences are the following:

 

  1.      illness with a doctor’s excuse
  2.      funeral/death in the family
  3.      emergency situations as deemed valid by the director
  4.      prior commitments (A prior commitment is defined as a date already committed to another event when the scheduled event is announced. Students who work are expected to request that their work schedules be arranged to accommodate all rehearsals and concerts. Employers should be informed that this is part of the student’s requirement for a class and not an extracurricular activity.)
  5.      “I did not have a ride” is not an excuse.

 

All excused absences must be in writing, specifically describing the reason for your absence, signed by a parent or guardian, and turned into the director within three school days. When possible, in the case of no.2, advanced notice should be given. In the case of no.4, advanced notice is mandatory. If you miss a performance or rehearsal due to any of the above four reasons, you must see the director for appropriate make‐up work, so you do not receive a “0” for a performance/rehearsal attendance grade. Make-up work will not be given for an unexcused absence.

 

Concert Attire and Uniforms

It is important for our orchestras look professional while on stage. Students are expected to follow the attire/uniform guidelines as listed below. No variations will be allowed. A student may be asked to sit the concert out if not properly dressed.

 

Sunday’s Best (Professional)

  • Student will wear professional and presentable attire in compliance with VISD dress code.
  • NO JEANS
  • NO TENNIS SHOES
  • Ex. Dress with dress shoes*
  • Ex. Dress top with slacks/skirt and dress shoes*
  • Ex. Buttoned down shirt with slacks and dress shoes*
  • Jewelry must be kept to a minimum.

*A dress or skirt must fall below the knee when sitting and standing. Shirts must be tucked in and belted.

 

Concert Black: Orchestra tuxedos and dresses will be provided. The uniforms are provided on a first come first served basis. Please be aware we will try our best to provide the student with the best size match based on availability. If exact size is not available, we will provide the next best fit available.

  • White tuxedo shirt                 
  • Black bow tie
  • Black tuxedo coat
  • Black tuxedo pants
  • Black socks
  • Black dress shoes

OR

  • Black dress
  • Black dress shoes
  • Black socks/stockings
  • Jewelry must be kept to a minimum.
 
 

   EAST ORCHESTRA ATTIRE BREAKDOWN

Date

Concert

Attire

October 20

Region Auditions

Regular school clothes

October 23 

East Fall Concert

Sunday’s Best (Professional)

November 2

Region Orchestra Rehearsal

Orchestra t-shirt plus slacks.

November 3

Region Orchestra Rehearsal

Regular school clothes

December 10

East Winter Concert

Sunday’s Best (Professional)

February 2

UIL Solo & Ensemble

Sunday’s Best (Professional)

February 26

East Pre-UIL Concert

Concert Black

March 7 

UIL Concert and Competition

Concert Black

May 15

East Spring Concert

Sunday’s Best (Professional)

TBA

Miscellaneous performance

Sunday’s Best

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES, DAILY EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES

Rules

  1. Respect all students, teachers and property. Derogatory and negative comments will not be tolerated.
  2. Be in your seat with all materials (instrument, music, and pencil) by the time the tardy bell rings.
  3. Electronic devices will not be allowed in class unless permitted by teacher for assignment. Cell phones must be placed in designated slot and music players/headphones must be stored away. If a student is caught with an electronic device, it will be confiscated.
  4. Stay in your seat during class and refrain from distracting others.
  5. Be attentive and ready to work with musically focused participation. (If the student is too ill to participate in orchestra activities, he or she should study and follow with the group.)
  6. Long fingernails are NOT permitted. Proper finger placement is only possible with trimmed nails. Students will be asked to trim nails with provided clipper if nails are too long.
  7. NO GUM, CANDY, FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.

Daily Routine/What to Expect:

  •       Students will walk into classroom and set backpacks and electronic devices in designated area.
  •       Students will retrieve all classroom material needed for class (instrument, music, pencil)
  •       Student will tune with clip on tuner. If in need of help, student will raise hand and wait for a teacher to help. Student should visually review music during this waiting period.
  •       Student will shadow bow difficult passages in music until teacher arrives to podium.
  •       Once teacher is at podium, all students must stop playing/talking and prepare their music for warm-up/techniques.
  •       Concert master will stand and provide a 440A. Students will play open strings to assure correct tuning.
  •       Teacher (and eventually concertmaster) will lead orchestra in daily warm-ups/technique building exercises.
  •       After warming up, concert music will be rehearsed and an emphasis on musicality and interpretation will be placed.
  •       Announcements will be made 5 min. before the bell.
  •       Students pack up 3 min. before the bell.

Consequences

Consequences for not meeting daily expectations will be handled on a situation to situation basis and assigned at the teacher’s discretion.

*If a student forgets their instrument, an alternate assignment will be given and must be turned in at the end of class to receive credit.

 

Demerit Policy

Any violation of classroom or school expectations can result in a demerit.

  •        4 Demerits = Lunch Detention

 

Tardy Policy

Class starts when the bell rings. Classroom doors will be locked. Students must get a tardy slip to enter classroom.

1st offense:

  •        Report to closest AP suite
  •        Offense documented
  •        Student will return to class with ticket
  •        NO CONSEQUENCE

2nd offense and all other offenses:

  •        Report to closest AP suite
  •        Offense documented
  •        Student will return to class with ticket
  •        LUNCH DETENTION ASSIGNED

 

Titan Ticket: Hallway Pass

Student:

  •       Must have ID badge at all times with Titan Ticket on back
  •       Will not be allowed to leave class without an ID badge
  •       Will be issued a total of 24 hallway passes each 9 weeks for all 7 classes combined
  •       Will not be allowed to leave class first 10 minutes
  •       Will not be allowed to leave class last 10 minutes
  •       Should utilize passing periods efficiently

 

GRADES

 

30% = Daily Performance:

  1. Properly maintained equipment and possession of necessary materials 10%
  •         If a student forgets their instrument, an alternate assignment will be given and must be turned in at the end of class to receive credit.
  1. Basic position and posture 10%
  2. Quality of performance and knowledge of music 10%

 

Student can earn 100 points a week. If student does not have instrument or proper materials, 20 points will be deducted per day. If student is not maintaining proper posture and technique, points will be deducted by 5-point increments. If a student cannot play through their music, points will be deducted by 5-point increments.

 

30% = Individual Performance

  1. Performance evaluations (playing tests) 10%
  2. Written assignments 10%

 

  • There will be a playing test every week beginning the second week of school. Playing tests will cover material from sheet music, technique books, and/or scales and arpeggios and will usually be a short 2-4 measure section. Playing tests will be performed in front of fellow classmates.
  • Chair tests will be done at the beginning of every 9-week grading period. Chair tests will cover material from sheet music, technique books, and/or scales and arpeggios. It will be an 8-12 measure excerpt. Chair tests will be performed in front of fellow classmates. They will also serve as a violin section placement.
  • Written assignments will cover various components of music theory and music history covered in class.

 

10% = Victoria Symphony Orchestra Concert

  1. Student must attend one VSO concert Fall semester 5%
  2. Student must attend one VSO concert in Spring semester 5%

As proof of attendance, student must show autographed concert program by Daryl One, the conductor of the Victoria Symphony Concert.

 

30% = Concert Performance:

  1. Stage performance 15%
  2. Audience Etiquette 15%

 

Concerts count for two test grades – one for stage performance and one for audience etiquette.

 

Late Work:

The student will have the opportunity to submit work up to three days after the due date with a penalty of 10 points per day.

 

Extra Credit: Extra credit can be earned by attending other local VISD/Victoria College concerts. For every concert attended, 10 points will be added to lowest grading category. Student must present signed program as proof.

 

Failed Assignments or Tests:

The student must redo an assignment or retake a test within five school days of receiving the failing grade.

The student will be allowed to redo an assignment or retake a test for which they received a failing grade in order to receive a maximum grade of 70 points. The teacher will record the higher of the two grades; maximum of a 70.

 

 

“CHEATING / PLAGIARISM / ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Copying another person’s work, such as homework, class work, or a test, is a form of cheating. The use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, in the classroom and in testing situations may cause suspicion of cheating. (See Electronic Devices and Technology Resources) Plagiarism, which is the use of another person’s original ideas or writing as one’s own without giving credit to the true author, will also be considered cheating and the student will be subject to academic disciplinary action that may include loss of credit for the work in question. Teachers who have reason to believe that a student has engaged in cheating or other academic dishonesty will assess the academic penalty to be imposed. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary consequences as well, according to the Student Code of Conduct. [For more information, see Honor Code Regulation EIA found at www.visd.net. VISD Student Handbook

 

 INSTRUMENT POLICY

 

Care of your instrument

  1. Keep your hands washed and clean before handling.
  2. Wipe your instrument down with your cloth after every use.
  3. Be careful self-tuning your instrument. Do not use pegs unless taught how to use them.
  4. NEVER ALLOW OTHERS TO PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENT.
  5. Never attempt to repair your instrument by yourself.

 

Care of your bow

  1. Do not touch the hair of the bow.
  2. Tighten the bow before use. Loosen the bow after use.
  3. Wipe the stick of the bow to avoid rosin build-up.

 

District Owned Instruments

The district owns a limited number of violins, violas, cellos and basses for student rental. There is an annual VISD instrument fee of $75 for high school. This money is used to help cover repair expenses caused by normal wear and tear. It is not designed to cover cost from damage or loss of the instrument due to theft/misplacement or neglect. This type of repair is the responsibility of the student who is using the instrument.

 

Please ask your director for the Instrument Loan Agreement Form if you are needing to use a district instrument.

 

Violins/Violas/Cellos

It is recommended that you purchase or rent your own instrument from one of the music stores listed on page 4. Having your own instrument, either renting or owning guarantees that you will not have to share a district owned instrument with another member of the orchestra.

 

Basses

Bass students are generally not expected to rent an instrument from a music store. Whenever possible, we try to provide a school instrument. However, you are more than welcome to rent or purchase your own.

 

ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

 

UIL & Eligibility

Students who participate in orchestra will be expected to maintain passing grades in all subjects. This is extremely important to our ensemble. Activities such as (UIL) contests and other competitions are considered extra-curricular. A student cannot participate unless he or she has passed all classes. These are “NO PASS/NO PLAY” events. We WANT you to have the opportunity to participate. There are multiple ways you can obtain help on campus if you are struggling in a class.

Titan Time

Monday

4:30 - 5:30

Tuesday

7:20 - 8:20 & 4:30 - 5:30

Wednesday

4:30 - 8:00

Thursday

7:20 - 8:20

Thursday

4:30 - 8:00

 

  •       Titan Time/West Homework Center (see schedule à)
  •       Saturday School 8:00-12:00pm
  •       Ask fellow classmates!
  •       You can always come to me for help!

 

West Homework Center

Monday

7:30 - 8:30 & 4:30 - 6:00

Tuesday

7:30 - 8:30 & 4:30 - 8:00

Wednesday

7:30 - 8:30

Thursday

7:30 - 8:30  & 4:30 - 8:00

Thursday

7:30 - 8:30

 

Don’t let grades bring you down.

We are here to help you!

 

Educational School Trips

Students will have the opportunity to participate in various educational field trips and local performances.  These trips are designed to enhance the student’s music learning experience and to help build our string orchestra program through community exposure.   Students must satisfy all requirements within this handbook to participate in any trip.

 

Fundraising

Your fundraising efforts will help support:

 

  • Guest clinicians
  • Accompanists
  • Scholarships
  • Social activities
  • Assistance for students financially in need
  • Group travel expenses

 

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is one of the key elements to a successful performing ensemble. Throughout the year, the orchestra program will need parental assistance in various capacities. As I know you want only the best for your child, please get involved early in the school year with some of the routine duties of the planning and implementation of the program by attending the East or West HS Orchestra Program Annual Fall Booster Meeting & Potluck.

All parents of students enrolled in the orchestra program automatically become members of the East or West High School Orchestra Booster Club. Parental involvement is expected throughout the year. During the school year, Booster Club meetings are held as called for by the Booster Club President and/or director as needed, usually in the orchestra room of each high school. Of course, to show how much you support your child’s hard work in orchestra, all parents are expected to attend each concert given by the orchestra and its ensembles throughout the year.

 

LETTERMAN QUALIFICATIONS

To receive an orchestra letterman, students must meet the following requirements:

 

  1.      Enroll 3 total semesters as a member of either orchestra.
  2.      Have sustained an “A” average grade in orchestra classes for all three semesters.
  3.      Have achieved total 20 points for extracurricular orchestra activities.

 

Points can be earned with the following:

2 points for Region Orchestra audition

5 points for Region Orchestra participation

2 points for All-State Orchestra audition

6 points for All-State Orchestra participation

1 point for participating in Solo & Ensemble

1 point for 1st division on a class 3 solo or ensemble

2 points for 1st division on a class 2 solo or ensemble

3 points for 1st division on a class 1 solo or ensemble

2 points for State Solo & Ensemble participation

4 points for 1st division on State Solo or ensemble

2 points for participating in orchestra fundraisers (4 points maximum per school year)

1 point for participating regularly in outside school performing ensembles: Crossroads Strings, District Musical, summer music camps. (4 points maximum per school year)

1 point for being a section leader/principle. (4 points maximum per school year)

1 point for attending approved concerts (Victoria Symphony, Crossroads Strings, middle school or high school. Bring back the concert program. 4 points maximum per school year).

1 point for participating in set-up crew for concerts and other orchestra events (2 points maximum per school year)

 

 EAST HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA ACTIVITIES CALENDAR

 

Fall 2018

Date

Event

Time

Place

September 22

Region Super Saturday

12:30-3:00

West Choir Rm.

September 29

Region Super Saturday

12:30-3:00

West Choir Rm.

October 20

Region Auditions

TBA

Laredo

October 23

Fall Cluster Concert

6:30

VFAC

November 2

Region Rehearsal

TBA

VFAC

November 3

Region Rehearsal

TBA

VFAC

November 3

Region Concert

TBA

VFAC

November 19-23

FALL BREAK

 

 

December 10

Winter Concert

7:00

East Auditorium

December 21

WINTER BREAK

 

 

 

Spring 2019

Date

Event

Time

Place

January 7

Back to School

 

 

February 2

Solo and Ensemble

TBA

East HS

February 26

Pre-UIL Concert

7:30

FAC

March 7

UIL Concert & Sight-Reading

TBA

Corpus Christi

March 11-15

SPRING BREAK

 

 

May 15

Spring Concert

7:30

East HS Auditorium

May 23

Last Class Day

HAPPY

SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

ORCHESTRA CONCERTS IN VICTORIA &

APPROVED CONCERTS FOR LETTERMAN POINTS

 

Date

Event

Time

Place

September 15

Victoria Symphony Orchestra

7:30

VFAC NOT FREE

October 8

Crossroads Strings

7:30

Welder Center

October 23

East Fall Concert

6:30

East Auditorium

October 25

West Cluster Fall Concert

6:30

West Auditorium

October 25

VSO Spooktacular

6:30

VFAC

October 27

Victoria Symphony Orchestra

7:30

VFAC

November 12

Victoria College Department Recital

4:30

Johnson Symposium

December 3

Crossroads Strings

7:30

East Auditorium

December 10

East Winter Concert

7:00

East Auditorium

December 11

West HS Winter Concert

7:00

West Auditorium

December 13

Patti Welder/Cade Winter Concert

7:00

West Auditorium

December 17

Stroman MS Winter Concert

6:00

East Auditorium

December 17

Howell MS Winter Concert

7:15

East Auditorium

January 26

Victoria Symphony Orchestra

7:30

VFAC NOT FREE

February 23

Victoria Symphony Orchestra

7:30

VFAC

February 26

Pre-UIL Concert

West 6:30 East 7:30

VFAC

March 4

Crossroads Strings

7:30

Welder Center

March 5

Patti/Cade First Year Orchestra

6:30

Cade Cafetorium

April 15

Victoria College Department Recital

4:30

Johnson Symposium

April 25

Downtown Rhythms

5:30

Downtown Plaza

April 27

Victoria Symphony Orchestra

7:30

VFAC

April 29

Crossroads Strings

7:30

Welder Center

May 7

Patti Welder/Cade Spring Concert

7:00

West Auditorium

May 8

Stroman Spring Concert

 

East Auditorium

May 8

Howell Spring Concert

7:15

East Auditorium

May 13

West HS Spring Concert

7:00

West Auditorium

May 15

East HS Spring Concert

7:30

East Auditorium