Bradley Middle School Orchestra

Thanks for visiting the Bradley MS Orchestra website! This website is designed to provide information about the orchestra program for students, parents, and our "groupies." Bradley Middle School, part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, is located in beautiful Huntersville, North Carolina.

Orchestra Headlines
Western Region Junior Honors Orchestra Auditions (2/16/2019):
The WR-Junior Honors Orchestra is an ensemble made up of the best string players from the Western side of North Carolina. This audition is open to all middle school orchestra students. The audition process calls for the students to play a solo - the same solo that was required for the CMS Honors Orchestra Audition, scales/arpeggios - similar to those required for the CMS audition, and sight read a short piece of music. Each of these elements is part of the 7th & 8th grade curriculum, however, 6th grade students that have played a year or more before and are currently taking private lessons are encouraged to consider auditioning for this prestigious event. All audition materials are available in the shared Google Drive folder called Orchestra Student Access. Students that are selected through the audition process and accept their placement, then will travel to Mallard Creek High School on Friday and Saturday - April 5th & 6th, 2019 to participate in rehearsals and the concert.

Congratulations goes to our 8th grade bass player Britton Stopnik! Britton became the first student in at least 5 years to earn a chair in WR Jr. Honors Orchestra from Bradley MS. Way to go Britton!!

Western Region Solo & Ensemble MPA:
Due to scheduling issues, we cannot participate in Solo & Ensemble on 1/31/2019. The response to the event was overwhelming and resulted in students being assigned times before the school day had ended (all events were suppose to be in the evening 6-8:30 PM). We are currently working with the event officials to see if we can be granted another day for the event to include our students. I apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to work to make sure that our young musicians get the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.  

7th & 8th Grade Orchestra Trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!
The Bradley Orchestra Patrons (BOP) are working on the details for the trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This trip will allow these fine young musicians to participate in a National Level Music Festival, enjoy a day at the Dollywood amusement park, and visit Wonderworks. For more information please see the commitment form at: tinyurl.com/2019FBMSTripCommit. The first deposit for this trip is due on Friday 12/7/2018 (subsequent payments are due on 1/7, 2/7, and 3/7). This event is sure to be one that creates memories that last a lifetime.

CMS Honors Orchestra Audition Results!
The CMS Honors Orchestra auditions are scheduled each year for the weekend preceding the Thanksgiving break. This year the auditions took place on November 17th at East Mecklenburg HS. I would like to congratulate the following students that have earned an offer to perform as part of the CMS Honors Orchestra weekend: 

Violins: Ross Dorfman (Symph. 2nd Vn.), Shannon Hunt (Phil. 1st Vn.), Gabe Lehman (Phil. 1st Vn.), Annie Pape (Phil. 2nd Vn.)

Violas: Nolan Donaghy (Symph. Va.), Caleb Keeler (Symph. Va.), Jack Kish (Phil. Va.), Leo Saraceni (Phil. Va.), Kennedy Solomon (1st Alternate Va.)

Cellos: Caleb Betts (Symph. Ce.), Gabby Welfare (2nd Alternate Ce.)

To this courageous young artist we salute you! This is the all time highest number of string players to earn seats in the CMS Honors Orchestra! There will be acceptance forms coming out soon, however, you can find more information about this event by checking out the orchestra calendar below (January 24, 2019 & February 8-9, 2019 - double click the dates.)

Acceptance Information: tinyurl.com/2019CMSHonAccept

Orchestra Curriculum Night / Fall Family Meeting / Bradley Orchestra Patrons (BOP)
The annual Orchestra Curriculum Night / Fall Family Night was held on September 18, 2018 in the Francis Bradley Media Center. Several things were discussed. Below you will find the Slide Presentation with links added that provide more details about was was discussed and voted on / approved: tinyurl.com/FBOP-18CurricNight

More from Curriculum Night

I have included a form that all parents should complete regarding the performance items the BOP orders for your child (Polo "Performance" Shirt, "Spirit" T-Shirt, Tuners, Music Binder/Sleeves, Method Book, and SmartMusic fees. This form need to be completed by all parents and payment should have already been sent in. Parents may pay using Zelle through their bank. Here's the form: tinyurl.com/FBOP-18OrderForm. All payments are due no later than 9/27/2018!

Free Concert Tickets (valued at over $300):
The Charlotte Concert Association has just granted me access to free tickets for my students/chaperons to attend each of this year's concerts! There are 5 of them throughout the school year. You don't have to attend all of them, but you could!! Please use this form to learn more about the concerts, to request tickets and plan your calendar for the year: https://tinyurl.com/2018-19CharConcerts

Blazin' Bow Invitations and Contracts
Blazin' Bows is an auditioned ensemble that performs classic rock, pop, and jazz. This "Rock Orchestra" frequently uses electric instruments and plays for events that are lighter in nature. An email was sent out on 10/3/2018 to students that are being invited to play in this ensemble. Make sure you check your email and respond as soon as possible.

All Students/Parents should complete these forms/Sign up for these services:

* Student/Parent Information Form: https://tinyurl.com/2018-19FBMSS-PInfo

* Remind text messages
Send the appropriate message below to 81010
6th Grade - myers2025b,
7th Grade - myers2024b,
8th Grade - myers2023b,
Blazin' Bows - bradleybb9

* YouTube Playlists:
Click on the appropriate link and then click on Subscribe.
Upcoming Performances
How to add this calendar to your calendar:
If you use an Apple Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/AddACalendarToYourAppleCal 
(iCal URL: http://tinyurl.com/FBMSOrchCal) 

NOTE: By double clicking on your child's class in the calendar, you should be able to see an attachment that contains announcements, lesson plans, written assignment, and concert details. 

CMS Schools - Academic Calendar

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website