December Happenings


  • Monday November 26th-Monday December 10th: World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser
    • We are selling World’s Finest Chocolate to offset the costs of some trip meals as well as to pay for orchestra supplies and music. Students must have parent permission to sell chocolate. The form is attached below.


  • Saturday, December 1st: Trip Registration/$85 deposit deadline
    • Only a few students have registered for the trip so far. If we don’t have enough students participate, we may have to cancel the trip. Also, we need at least 45 participants in order to keep the cost and activities the same as outlined in the itinerary. See below for a way to raise money for your trip.
    • How to register:
      • 1. Visit our website at: https://www.etadventures.com/
      • Click the green button in the top right hand corner "Log in to myETA"
      • Trip Code: cedarridgeorch19
      • Password: dfwtrip19
      • 2. Click on the Red Button that says "Make a new reservation"
      • 3. Complete the information and continue to follow the instructions to complete your registration.
      • 4. Once you have completed your reservation, you will come to a page with tabs at the top, click on the "Passengers" tab.
      • 5. On the Passengers tab, click on the "Waiver Incomplete View/Edit" button.
      • 6. Completed all required information in the Waiver. You can log out and log back in to finish the waiver at a later date using the reservation information emailed to you.
      • Each student participant must also turn in the “Student Travel-Letter of Agency” document to Mrs. Rightler (attached below).
    • Fundraising Opportunity: The Cedar Ridge Orchestra Booster Club is having a fundraiser to help send the kids to the Spring Trip. They are selling Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins Cards for $25.00 each and they come in a holiday card. $10.00 from each one sold will go towards that student's trip or banquet ticket (no cash returned). They make great Christmas gifts, appreciation gifts, or employee bonuses. The card is $100.00 in value and never expires. Attached is an order form. Orders can be emailed to Kathy-casillas@sbcglobal.net by each Monday and cards will be sent home each Wednesday. Money collected upfront is encouraged and turned in to Ms. Rightler each week. All Money needs to be turned in by December 21st. Please email Kathy-casillas@sbcglobal.net if you will be participating in this fundraiser.


  • Thursday, December 6th: Performance at Double Creek Assisted Living
    • This is a volunteer performance for students who want to participate. Students who want to participate need to make sure they get their music from Ms. Rightler. Students who are participating will meet in the orchestra room after school to rehearse the music. Students need to wear their orchestra shirt and bring a folding music stand if they have one. I also need a few cellists to volunteer to bring their home cello to play.
    • Parents: we need volunteer drivers for this event. We will need to drive large instruments over, and if there is inclement weather, the students will need rides. Double Creek Assisted Living is located right behind the school at 2300 Louis Henna Blvd Round Rock, TX 78664. The performance starts at 6:00. We will need volunteers to drive equipment/students over at 5:30 and then to take equipment/students back after our performance is over around 6:30. Please sign up to help here: Double Creek Drivers


  • CANCELLED: Friday, December 7th: Performances at Christmas Family Night in Downtown Round Rock

This is a volunteer event for students who want to perform. We will have a hot chocolate booth set up where students can play individually or in a group. We will have a designated spot on Main Street and will send more information on the location once we have it. Students have signed up for a time slot to play between 6:30-9:30. Students are encouraged to wear festive wear and need to bring their home instruments, a folding music stand, something to sit on (cellists) and a stand light if you have one. Mrs. Rightler will have a few stands and lights available. All students are responsible for their instrument the entire time they are at the event.

The Booster Club is in need of volunteers for our hot chocolate booth at this event. Volunteers will help serve hot chocolate, collect donations, and assist our students by keeping a close eye on their instruments and equipment when they are not in use. We need a lot of help and it is a lot of fun, so please consider volunteering! Adult volunteers should sign up here: Family Christmas Night. High school student volunteers may also accompany adults and earn service hours for their participation. We also need donations of mini candy canes. If you can donate candy canes, please have your student bring them in to Mrs. Rightler as soon as possible.


  • Wednesday, December 12th: Winter Concert at CRHS Auditorium, 7:30 PM
    • This is a mandatory performance for all orchestra students.
    • We will have group pictures of each orchestra on the stage before the concert. Students need to be in their formal concert uniform and have their instrument for the pictures.
      • 4:45 Symphony Orchestra
      • 5:00 Philharmonic Orchestra
      • 5:15 Concert Orchestra
      • 5:30 Camerata Orchestra
      • 5:45 Pizza is served in Orchestra room
      • 7:15 All students report back to auditorium with instrument and music
      • 7:30 Concert begins
    • We are hosting two groups this same evening. Voigt Strings will perform in the lobby at 5:30 PM and Ridgeview MS Orchestra will perform in the auditorium at 6:00 PM.
    • Volunteer needs--please sign up here: Winter Concert Volunteers
      • Monitor orchestra room and let students in from auditorium: I will be providing a pizza dinner for all CRHS orchestra students to eat that night. I will need parents to monitor the orchestra room and to let students back in from the auditorium, as I will be with the students on the stage. The time slots are from 5:45-6:30 and 6:30-7:15.
      • Ushers in auditorium: Parent ushers are needed to enforce no food or drink in the auditorium. I will need one parent at each auditorium entrance, as well as two parents to monitor the inside of the auditorium. Ridgeview MS Orchestra will have their Winter Concert in the auditorium at 6:00, so we will have additional slots to sign up for. The time slots are from 5:45-6:15, 6:15-6:45, 6:45-7:15, 7:15-7:45, 7:45-8:15, 8:15-8:45.
      • Donate water: You may send bottled water as a donation for the students.
      • Donate fabric ribbon and tissue paper for bouquets: The booster club will be selling bouquets, and they are asking for donations of festive fabric ribbon and tissue paper.


  • Friday, December 14th: Performance at C.D. Fulkes Orchestra Winter Concert
    • This is a volunteer event open to all students who went to C.D. Fulkes.
    • Students who want to participate need to make sure they get their music from Ms. Rightler. Students will wear their formal orchestra uniforms, bring their home instruments and arrive at C.D. Fulkes at 6:00 for rehearsal. The concert begins at 6:30.


  • Friday, December 14th: Deadline to register for Solo and Ensemble
    • This is an optional event for students.
    • Each student is responsible for selecting and purchasing his or her own music for solo and ensemble. Any solo or ensemble piece you choose must be on the UIL Prescribed Music List: UIL PML.
    • Any solo or ensemble piece with a piano part must be played with a piano accompanist. Each student is responsible for scheduling rehearsals and performance times with their accompanist as well as paying their accompanist.
    • Participation fees are $10 per person, per event. Fees will not be refunded.
    • Forms (attached), recommended accompanist list (attached), and more info: https://sites.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/cedar-ridge-hs-orchestra/solo-ensemble

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CRHS Orchestra Fall Concert

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

CRHS Auditorium


Parents: I am in need of volunteers to help the evening run smoothly. If you are able to help out, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4BA8AB29A6F49-volunteers2 Thank you in advance!

1. Monitor orchestra room and let students in from auditorium: I will be providing a pizza dinner for all of the students to eat that night. I will need parents to monitor the orchestra room and to let students back in from the auditorium, as I will be with the students on the stage. The time slots are from 4:20-5:30 and 5:30-6:45.

2. Ushers in auditorium: Parent ushers are needed to enforce no food or drink in the auditorium. I will need one parent at each auditorium entrance, as well as two parents to monitor the inside of the auditorium. The time slots are from 6:45-7:15, 7:15-7:45, and 7:45-8:15.

3. Donate water and snacks: You may send any other snacks or bottled water as a donation for the students.

4. Donate fabric ribbon and tissue paper for bouquets: The booster club will be selling bouquets, and they are asking for donations of fabric ribbon (purple, silver and white) and tissue paper (purple and black).


All Students:

You will wear your formal orchestra attire for this concert

All cases stay in the orchestra room (violin/viola please leave them in your locker)


Camerata Orchestra:

9:05-10:35 Rehearse in auditorium during class

4:20-6:45 PM Eat and change into your formal orchestra uniform (you may leave and come back)

6:50 PM Report to the auditorium stage

7:00 PM Concert begins


Concert Orchestra:

4:20-5:45 PM Eat and change into your formal orchestra uniform

5:45 PM Walk to auditorium

6:00-6:45 PM Rehearse on stage

7:00 PM Concert begins


Philharmonic Orchestra:

1:02-2:30 PM Rehearse in auditorium during class

4:20-6:45 PM Eat and change into your formal orchestra uniform (you may leave and come back)

6:45 PM Walk to auditorium

7:00 PM Concert begins


Symphony Orchestra:

5:00-5:45 PM Rehearse on stage

5:45-6:45 PM Eat and change into your formal orchestra uniform

6:45 PM Walk to auditorium

7:00 PM Concert begins

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8/23/18

6th Period Only: Our sectional rehearsals will begin next week (the week of 8/27). Here is the schedule:

Violins: Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:10

Violas: Tuesday mornings from 8:20-9:00

Cello/Bass: Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:10

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8/15/18

Hello CRHS Orchestra Family,

It was great to see so many faces this week at our Parent Meeting! I look forward to seeing everybody Thursday and Friday when school starts.

I want to go over several items that need to be taken care of this first week of school. If you made it to our Parent Meeting, you probably took care of most of the items, but please look over the list to double-check. If you are not sure, please email me!


  • Bring instruments first day of orchestra class! We will be playing!
    • Students can drop off their instrument in my room starting at 8:30 AM. Please label your stuff.
    • If you have a district instrument at home, please also bring it in so I can look over it and check it back out to you for the school year.
    • As we start the new school year, this is a great time to replace the strings on your personal instrument. Strings should be changed every year or two in order to ensure proper tuning and tone production on your instrument. If you bring me the strings, I am happy to put them on the instrument. I recommend D’Addario Helicore strings for their quality and affordability.
    • Are you interested in upgrading your instrument, but can’t afford to rent or buy one from a string shop? Please talk to me about renting a district-owned instrument! See more info below under “Instrument Forms and Fees”.


  • Handbook: Please read through it for important items such as performance calendar, grading policy, and classroom expectations.


  • Orchestra forms: Please complete all forms and return them with your orchestra fee the first day of school.


  • Orchestra Fee: $75. Please pay by check (made out to CRHS) or cash only, and I will give a receipt to your student. If your student is on free or reduced lunch, this fee is waived.


  • Instrument Usage Form and Fees:
    • Link to complete the Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/xMJCV46Y5iZZesk33
    • All cello and bass players must fill out a form for the instrument which is used in class. The fee for this instrument is $25. It is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.
    • If you are also checking out a cello or bass for home use, you must fill out a second form for that instrument. You will pay $50 for both instruments. The fee is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.
    • If you are checking out a violin or viola, it is $50. The fee is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.


  • Private Lessons (IMIP):
    • If you are interested in private lessons for your student, please complete the Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/GnYX7giCPscnEhvM2
    • Lessons can take place during class, before school or after school, depending on teacher availability.


  • Mark your Calendars: Chipotle Spirit Night Monday, September 20th, 4-8PM
    • Join us for a fundraiser to support our Booster Club! Come in to Chipotle at 2424 FM 685 Ste 300 in Pflugerville on Monday, September 20th between 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.
    • Bring in the flyer (attached), show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Ridge High School Orchestra Booster Club.


  • Mark your Calendars: Orchestra Booster and Parent Meeting Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 PM
    • We will go over goals and activities for the year, including fundraisers and social events.
    • If you are interested in joining the Booster Club, please fill out the attached form and pay $25 by cash or check (made out to CROBC).


Please let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to a great school year!

Thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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7/25/18

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all have enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating summer! As you prepare for the start of school, please mark the following dates on your calendar:

Monday, August 13th: Mandatory Orchestra Parent Meeting, 6:30 PM, CRHS Orchestra Room. We will go over the orchestra handbook as well as discuss topics such as instrument usage and private lessons. This will also be when you pay your orchestra fees.

Monday, August 20th: Chipotle Spirit Night, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, 2424 FM 685 Ste 300, Pflugerville, TX 78660. Please bring your family and friends to get dinner at Chipotle this evening--proceeds will benefit the CRHS Orchestra Booster Club!

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns: kaitlin_rightler@roundrockisd.org

Thanks, and see you all soon!

Kaitlin Rightler

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Orchestra Spring Concert

Monday, May 14th, 2018

CRHS Auditorium

Parents: I am in need of volunteers to help the evening run smoothly. If you are able to help out, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4BA8AB29A6F49-volunteers1 Thank you in advance!

    1. Monitor orchestra room and let students in from auditorium: I will be providing a pizza dinner for all of the students to eat that night. I will need parents to monitor the orchestra room and to let students back in from the auditorium, as I will be with the students on the stage. The time slots are from 4:20-5:30 and 5:30-6:45.
    2. Ushers in auditorium: Parent ushers are needed to enforce no food or drink in the auditorium. I will need one parent at each auditorium entrance, as well as two parents to monitor the inside of the auditorium. The time slots are from 6:45-7:15, 7:15-7:45, and 7:45-8:15.
    3. Donate water/snacks: You may send any other snacks or bottled water as a donation for the students.
    4. Donate ribbon for bouquets: The booster club will be selling bouquets, and they are asking for donations of fabric ribbon in any of these colors: green, pink, purple, and silver

Concert Orchestra:

    • 4:20-5:45 PM Eat and change into your orchestra shirt
    • 5:45 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 6:00-6:45 PM Rehearse on stage
    • 7:00 PM Concert begins

Philharmonic Orchestra:

    • 1:02-2:30 PM Rehearse in auditorium during class
    • 4:20-6:45 PM Eat and change into your orchestra shirt
    • 6:45 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 7:00 PM Concert begins

Symphonic Orchestra:

    • 5:00-5:45 PM Rehearse on stage
    • 5:45-6:45 PM Eat and change into your orchestra shirt
    • 6:45 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 7:00 PM Concert begins

Please let me know if you have any questions!

thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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Philharmonic Orchestra

String Orchestra UIL Performance

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    • 8:30 AM Come to orchestra room dressed in formal orchestra uniform
    • 9:30 AM Depart CRHS for Georgetown High School, 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
    • 10:20 AM Warm-up
    • 11:00 AM Performance on stage
    • 11:30 AM Sight-reading
    • 11:50 PM Depart GHS for CRHS
    • When we arrive back at CRHS, go to 3rd period (orchestra). You will either go to ‘A’ lunch or ‘B’ lunch. During 3rd period you will be in the lecture hall with the sub so that Symphony can get ready in the orchestra room.

Symphony Orchestra

String Orchestra UIL Performance

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    • 12:17 PM Eat ‘A’ Lunch
    • 1:02 PM Come to orchestra room,change into formal orchestra uniform, begin warming up
    • 2:00 PM Depart CRHS for Georgetown High School, 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
    • 2:50 PM Warm-up
    • 3:35 PM Performance on stage
    • 4:10 PM Sight-reading
    • 4:30 PM Depart GHS for CRHS

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String Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert

Wednesday, April 4th

CRHS Auditorium

Below is the schedule for our next concert on Wednesday, April 4th at the CRHS Auditorium. Mrs. Mary Fairlie, who is the Orchestra Director at Temple College, will be our clinician for this concert. She will work with each orchestra after their performance, so this will be a clinic as well as a concert.

Parents: I am in need of volunteers to help the evening run smoothly. If you are able to help out, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4BA8AB29A6F49-parent Thank you in advance!

    1. Monitor orchestra room and let students in from auditorium: I will be providing a pizza dinner for all of the students to eat that night. I will need parents to monitor the orchestra room and to let students back in from the auditorium, as I will be with the students on the stage. The time slots are from 4:20-5:30 and 5:30-6:45.
    2. Donate water/snacks: You may send any other snacks or bottled water as a donation for the students.
    3. Ushers in auditorium: Parent ushers are needed to enforce no food or drink in the auditorium. I will need one parent at each auditorium entrance, as well as two parents to monitor the inside of the auditorium. The time slots are from 5:45-6:15, 6:15-6:45, and 6:45-7:15.

Concert Orchestra:

    • 4:20-5:00 PM Eat and change into your concert uniform
    • 5:05 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 5:15-5:45 PM Rehearse on stage
    • 6:00 PM Performance/Clinic

Philharmonic Orchestra:

    • 1:02-2:30 PM Rehearse in auditorium during class
    • 4:20-6:15 PM Eat and change into your concert uniform
    • 6:20 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 6:30 PM Performance/Clinic

Symphonic Orchestra:

    • 4:30-5:15 PM Rehearse on stage
    • 5:15-6:45 PM Eat and change into your concert uniform
    • 6:50 PM Walk to auditorium
    • 7:00 PM Performance/Clinic

Please let me know if you have any questions!

thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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Spring 2018 Events!

  • Tuesday, March 6th (6th Period--mandatory): Full Orchestra UIL, RRISD PAC, (see schedule below)
  • Thursday, March 8th (3rd Period--mandatory): VPA Spring Swing Fling, CRHS Courtyard, after-school/evening (more info soon)
  • Wednesday, April 4th (all classes--mandatory): String Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, CRHS Auditorium, after-school/evening
  • Tuesday, April 17th-Wednesday, April 18th (3rd and 6th Periods--mandatory): String Orchestra UIL, Georgetown HS, during school/after-school
  • Friday, April 20th-Saturday, April 21st (students who have paid): Spring Trip to Corpus Christi (see info on side bar)
  • Thursday, April 26th (all students welcome): Orchestra Banquet, Courtyard Marriott Pflugerville, 6:00 PM
  • Monday, May 14th (all students--mandatory): Spring Concert, CRHS Auditorium, after-school/evening
  • Friday, May 25th (6th period--mandatory): Full Orchestra performance at Graduation, HEB Center at Cedar Park, schedule TBA
  • Saturday, May 26th-Monday, May 28th (students who qualify from Region Solo/Ens): Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, University of Texas, schedule TBA

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Full Orchestra UIL

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 (6th Period Only)

Drop uniform off in orchestra room before school

All students attend 5th and 6th period as usual

12:17 PM: go to “A” Lunch

1:02 PM: Report to the orchestra room to change and to warm-up

2:15 PM: We depart CRHS for the RRISD PAC, 5800 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78729

2:50 PM: Warm-up

3:45 PM: Stage Performance

4:30 PM: Sight-Reading

5:00-5:30 PM: Depart the PAC for CRHS

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6th Period only: Full Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert

Thursday, February 22nd

CRHS Auditorium

After-school rehearsals/performances

4:30-6:00 CRHS Full Orch Rehearsal

6:30 CDFMS Performance

7:00 SPHS Performance

7:30 CRHS Performance

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Cedar Ridge HS Orchestra


Fundraiser

What’s Going On?

We are requesting everyone’s participation in selling World’s Finest Chocolate bars. We earn 50% profit.

The profit you earn will be used towards your Spring Trip costs, as well as orchestra music and supplies.

How Does It Work?

It is really easy! Students/Parents get a box of chocolate bars to sell.

There are 60 bars in each box including 5 delicious varieties. They all sell for $1.00 each.

Sell the chocolate, turn in your $60.00 and get another box. Do this as often as you can!

Please do not return any chocolate. We cannot take back any chocolate.

Fundraiser starts: 1/31/18 and ends 2/14/18

Make checks payable to: CRHS Orchestra

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11/17/17

The Orchestra Winter Concert is coming up on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 PM in the CRHS Auditorium. Please read through all of the information below and let me know if you have any questions.

Ways to Help

Parents: we are in need of volunteers and donations in order to make this concert a success! Please consider helping by signing up to do the following at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4BA8AB29A6F49-volunteers

    • Drop off pizza in the orchestra room between 5:00-6:00 PM the night of the concert
    • Send uniform supplies (Safety pins/black garment tape/needle and black thread/bobby pins) anytime between now and the day of the concert
    • Send bouquet-making supplies (Green tissue paper, red/green/silver ribbon) anytime between now and the day of the concert
    • Monitor orchestra room while students eat pizza/change/warmup. Each student only receives 2 pieces so that everyone can eat! Remind students to get to their rehearsal on time. Help clean-up trash
    • Sign up to be an usher at entrances to the auditorium to ensure that no food or drink is in the auditorium

Student Rehearsal Schedule

*Everyone needs to be dressed before their rehearsal begins because we will be taking group photos on the stage for the yearbook*

    • 4:45-5:15 PM Symphonic Orchestra
    • 5:15-5:45 PM Philharmonic Orchestra
    • 5:45-6:15 PM Concert Orchestra
    • 6:15-6:45 PM Concert Orchestra + All 9th graders + 8th graders (the 8th graders from CD Fulkes MS and Ridgeview MS have been invited to play with us for this concert)
    • 6:45 PM All students report to auditorium
    • 7:00 PM Concert begins

Bouquets and Student Portraits

The booster club will have bouquets for sale again, so be sure to get a bouquet for your student before they sell out! We are also working on bringing in a photographer to take portraits of students with their instruments the night of the concert….more information to come about that soon!

Thanks!

Kaitlin Rightler

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10/24/17

Our wonderful orchestra officers have organized a Fall Social for all CRHS Orchestra students. It is on Friday, November 3rd from 4:20-6:00 in the orchestra room. Students are encouraged to bring games as well as sign up to bring food or drinks.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here by November 1st: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showRSVPSignUp/409094FA4AA22A7FB6-orchestra

Also please sign up for the food or drink you plan to bring by November 1st: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/409094FA4AA22A7FB6-social

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10/20/17

In order to help families pay for the Spring trip, I will apply profits made from selling the World's Finest Chocolate bars in our Fall fundraiser towards a student's trip payment. However, I will still need each student to pay the $75 deposit and turn in the two trip forms by November 17th if they intend to go on the trip.

Once I receive all trip deposits, I will go through and apply chocolate sales to each student's remaining balance of $225. For each box sold, we keep $30, so I will deduct $30 for each box sold from the student's balance.

I still have several boxes of chocolate left, so it's not too late to check out a box and start selling towards your trip! Our fundraiser ends Wednesday, November 1st.

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Reminder: Booster Club Meeting this Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 PM. See you there!

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CRHS Orchestra Fall Concert

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Our Fall Concert is two weeks from today! Below are the details for the concert on Thursday, October 12th at Cedar Ridge HS. I am in need of some parents to volunteer to bring pizza as well as some parents to help monitor the orchestra room. Please consider signing up to help at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ba8ab29a6f49-pizza3

*This concert is mandatory and is a Performance grade for all orchestra students*

*Our concert will either be in the CRHS Auditorium or in the CRHS Cafeteria*

Symphonic Orchestra

    • 4:30-5:00 Rehearsal on stage
    • 5:00-5:50 Change into formal concert uniform and eat
    • 6:00 Report to concert location
    • 6:30 Concert begins

Philharmonic Orchestra

    • 4:30-4:50 Change into formal concert uniform
    • 5:00-5:30 Rehearsal on stage
    • 5:30-5:50 Eat
    • 6:00 Report to concert location
    • 6:30 Concert begins

Concert Orchestra

    • 4:30-5:20 Change into formal concert uniform and eat
    • 5:30-6:15 Rehearsal on stage. Remain on the stage until the start of the concert
    • 6:30 Concert begins

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9/15/17

**Concert Orchestra (1st and 8th periods) Only**

Our Fall Concert (Thursday, October 12th) is quickly approaching, so I have scheduled mandatory after-school rehearsals for it. Concert Orchestra is divided into two classes, so we need these rehearsals in order to prepare for the concert as a whole group. The dates are:

  • Thursday, September 28th, 4:30-5:30 (in the orchestra room)
  • Monday, October 2nd, 4:30-5:30 (in the orchestra room)
  • Thursday, October 12th, 4:30-5:00 (in the auditorium)

If you have any known conflicts, please communicate with me ASAP so that we can find a solution.

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9/13/17

I have begun planning this year’s orchestra trip and wanted to make you aware of the plan so far. I am working with Director’s Choice, which is the company who put last year’s trip together. This year I am looking at taking an overnight trip to Corpus Christi from April 20th-April 21st. The students would have a performance as well as have fun/free time. Below is the preliminary itinerary:

Friday, April 20th

8:00 AM Motorcoach arrives at Cedar Ridge High School

8:30 AM Depart via motorcoach for Corpus Christi

Lunch on your own en route

2:10 PM Cedar Ridge High School String Orchestra 1 warm-up and performance begins on stage at TAMU-CC Performing Arts Center (On-stage performance review immediately following performance) (Hall requires an average minimum of 30 paying students/ensemble.)

3:30 PM Depart via motorcoach for hotel

4:00 PM Arrive and check-in at hotel

6:45 PM Depart via motorcoach for Joe's Crabshack

7:15 PM Arrive at Joe's Crabshack

7:30 PM Dinner at Joe's Crabshack

Includes choice of Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries; Chicken Caesar Salad; Blackened Mahi Tacos with Tortilla Chips; Crab Cake Sandwich with Fries; Homestyle Chicken Tenders with Fries; Popcorn Shrimp with Fries, all served with Side Salad, Drink and Dessert.

8:45 PM Depart via motorcoach for hotel

9:15 PM Arrive at hotel

10:00 PM Room check and lights out

Sat, Apr 21

8:00 AM Breakfast at hotel

10:30 AM Check out of hotel, load and depart via motorcoach for Schlitterbahn Waterpark

10:55 AM Arrive at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi

11:00 AM Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi

12:30 PM Lunch at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Corpus Christi

Choice of hamburger or hot dog with chips and a drink.

6:00 PM Depart via motorcoach for Cedar Ridge High School

Meals on your own en route

11:00 PM Arrive at school

The projected cost of the trip would be $291 per student, broken up into four payments. The cost is based upon a minimum of 50 students attending. We will have fundraisers to cover the cost of the bus, which is an additional cost. Our booster club is also planning different fundraisers in the hopes of helping to contribute to the student trip costs.

So that I can gather your feedback about this trip proposal, please fill out this short Google doc survey by Friday, 9/15:

https://goo.gl/forms/SbVcbJ9lCmoZLnRC3

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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9/12/17

Orchestra t-shirt designs are due by September 19th! Next week all four classes will vote on the designs and the winner will become this year's orchestra shirt.

I recommend you submit a digital design rather than a hand-drawn design. A good website to use, if you need one, is https://www.customink.com/

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8/23/17

Today we decided on days and times for our weekly sectionals. These are weekly rehearsals that are mandatory for every student in Symphonic Orchestra. Sectionals will begin the week of 8/27 (next week). The assigned days and times are:

Violins: Wed afternoons 4:30-5:15 PM

Violas: Monday mornings 8:15-8:55 AM

Cellos: Thursday mornings 8:15-8:55 AM

Basses: Tuesday mornings 8:15-8:55 AM

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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August 18, 2017

Hello CRHS Orchestra Family,

It was great to see so many faces this week at our Registration Nights! I look forward to seeing everybody next week when school starts.

I want to go over several items that need to be taken care of this first week of school. If you made it to a Registration Night, you probably took care of most of the items, but please look over the list to double-check. If you are not sure, please email me!

    • Bring instruments first day of school! We will be playing!
      • Students can drop off their instrument in my room starting at 8:30 AM. Please label your stuff.
      • If you have a school instrument at home, please also bring it in so I can check it back out to you for the school year.
    • Handbook (can be found in the sidebar): Please read through it for important items such as performance calendar, grading policy, and classroom expectations.
    • Orchestra forms (can be found in the sidebar): Please complete all forms and return them with your orchestra fee the first day of school.
    • Orchestra Fee: $75. Please pay by check (made out to CRHS) or cash only, and I will give a receipt to your student. If your student is on free or reduced lunch, this fee is waived.
    • Instrument Form and Fees:
      • Link to complete the Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/xMJCV46Y5iZZesk33
      • All cello and bass players must fill out a form for the instrument which is used in class. The fee for this instrument is $25. It is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.
      • If you are also checking out a cello or bass for home use, you must fill out a second form for that instrument. You will pay $50 for both instruments. The fee is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.
      • If you are checking out a violin or viola, it is $50. The fee is waived if you are free or reduced lunch.
    • Private Lessons (IMIP):
      • If you are interested in private lessons for your student, please complete the Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/GnYX7giCPscnEhvM2
      • Lessons can take place during class, before school or after school, depending on teacher availability.
    • Mark your Calendars: Orchestra Booster and Parent Meeting September 7th, 6:00 PM
      • We will go over goals and activities for the year, including fundraisers, trip and social events.
      • If you are interested in joining the Booster Club, please fill out the attached form and pay $25 by cash or check (made out to CROBC).

Please let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to a great school year!

Thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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August 7, 2017

Hello Everyone!

I hope everybody has had a fantastic summer! As we prepare for the start of the school year, I wanted to make you aware of this year's Orchestra Registration Nights on Wednesday, August 16th and Thursday, August 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the CRHS Orchestra room.

This is an opportunity for you to pick one night to come take care of orchestra "business" before school starts. You can come any time between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, and you only need to pick one night. You will be able to:

    • Fill out your information forms
    • Check out a school instrument
    • Pay your orchestra dues, instrument usage fees, and join the booster club
    • Check out your concert uniform

Parents: if you are interested in volunteering at this event, please email me at kaitlin_rightler@roundrockisd.org

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6th Period 9th-11th Graders only: Full Orchestra Performance at Graduation

We will have one more full orchestra rehearsal on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:30 PM in order to run through our program before our performance the next day. We will be done by 2:15 PM.

Here are more details about our performance at Graduation on Thursday, June 1st:

  • Students will not miss any exams for this performance.
  • Immediately after school, students will change into their formal orchestra uniform and report to the orchestra room by 1:30 PM.
  • We will load the buses and leave at 2:00 PM for the HEB Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX, 78613.
  • Upon arrival, we will go through security and everything will be checked, including instrument cases. Do not bring anything that is not necessary. If it can't fit in your instrument case, don't bring it. I can keep items locked in my office for students who need it.
  • The ceremony begins at 4:00 PM and will be over by 6:00 PM. As soon as the graduates depart the arena, we will pack up and return to the buses. We will come back to the school as soon as everybody is aboard. We should be back to the school around 6:30 PM if everything is running on time.
  • When we get back to the school, students will change out of their formal orchestra uniform and then turn it in to me before leaving.

Orchestra Spring Concert, Tuesday, May 23rd:

  • There will be no after-school rehearsals. Students need to be at CRHS by 6:15 PM. The concert begins at 6:30 PM.
  • All students are to wear this year's orchestra shirt and long pants for this concert. (Remember to turn in your formal orchestra uniform if you have not already).
  • Concert Orchestra begins the concert, followed by Philharmonic Orchestra and then Symphonic Orchestra.
  • There will be snacks and t-shirts for sale, so be sure to bring cash or your checkbook!

Spring Trip Details

  • I have attached the itinerary for the trip. Please note that the buses arrive at 6:00 AM, and we leave at 6:30 AM. Don't be late or you will be left behind!
  • I recommend that students bring a portable charger for their phones. There will not always be access to outlets.
  • I have created a Remind group for students going on the trip. We can use remind to text back and forth, if needed, while we are in San Antonio. I have added most students, but if you need to join, here is the link: www.remind.com/join/63c8c6
  • Students must be in a group the whole time. Nobody should be wandering alone. If I see that you are by yourself, you will have to hang out with me :)
  • Please bring a change of clothes to wear to the symphony concert. Since you will spend most of the day outside in the heat, you will want to freshen up for the concert. You can change when we go to dinner at Hard Rock.
  • We will head home after the symphony is over. It will be around midnight, but we will update parents on the ETA when we leave San Antonio.

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UIL String Orchestra Schedule

Tuesday, April 25th

Georgetown HS PAC

2211 North Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626

Philharmonic Orchestra:

    • 7:45 AM: Be at CRHS in formal concert uniform with instrument and music (cellists and bassists get instruments from orchestra room).
    • 8:00 AM: We leave CRHS.
    • 8:50 AM: Warm-up.
    • 9:30 AM: Stage performance.
    • 10:00 AM: Sight-reading performance.
    • 10:45 AM: We leave Georgetown and come back to CRHS.


Symphonic Orchestra:

    • 12:15-12:45 PM: Eat ‘A’ lunch/change into formal concert uniform/get instrument and music ready to go.
    • 1:00 PM: We leave CRHS.
    • 1:50 PM: Warm-up.
    • 2:30 PM: Stage performance.
    • 3:00 PM: Sight-reading performance.
    • 3:45 PM: We leave Georgetown and come back to CRHS.

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Orchestra Banquet, Friday May 5th

The Fellowship Church

6:30-9:00 PM

$20 per ticket

All money is due by April 21st

*Invitation is located to the left under "forms"*

Orchestra Seniors:

It's time to start bringing in your baby photos for our Orchestra Banquet. These will be used as part of the Senior Awards that night. Our historians have to have all baby photos by Friday, April 21st in order to include them.

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Our next Orchestra Booster Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 PM in the Orchestra room. Hope to see you there!

Concert Orchestra:

We will have two rehearsals to prepare for our Spring Concert on May 23rd. Both rehearsals are mandatory for all students in Concert Orchestra. Please mark your calendars now, and let me know if you have any known conflicts.

-Monday, May 15th, 4:30-5:30 PM, Orchestra room

-Thursday, May 18th, 4:30-5:30 PM, Orchestra room

-Tuesday, May 23rd, Spring Concert (we will rehearse before the concert--more details TBA)

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String Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert and Clinic

Thursday, April 6th

CRHS Cafeteria

  • All students:
    • Wear your formal orchestra uniform.
    • This performance is a test grade.
    • After your performance you will receive comments from Mary Fairlie, director of Temple College Orchestra.
  • Philharmonic Orchestra:
    • Change, get instrument/music/pencil, and be on stage by 4:40 PM. The concert begins at 4:45 PM.
  • Symphonic Orchestra:
    • Change, get instrument/music/pencil, and be in cafeteria by 5:45 PM. Your concert will begin between 5:45-6:00 PM.

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Booster Club Meeting

Thursday, March 20th, 6:00 PM

CRHS Orchestra room

Please join us!

Important March/April/May Dates:

  • Thursday, March 9th: Full Orchestra UIL Contest (6th period only)
  • Tuesday, March 21st: Trip Payment #3 Due
  • Thursday, April 6th: String Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, CRHS Cafeteria (3rd and 6th periods only)
  • Tuesday, April 18th: Final Trip Payment Due
  • Tuesday, April 25th: String Orchestra UIL Contest, Georgetown HS (3rd and 6th periods only)
  • Friday, May 5th: Orchestra Banquet
  • Saturday, May 20th: San Antonio Trip
  • Tuesday, May 23rd: Spring Concert, CRHS Cafeteria (all students)

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Symphonic Orchestra only: Full Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM

  • Students will stay after school for rehearsal on the stage before the concert.
  • We will take a break for students to change into their concert black and to eat before the concert begins at 6:30 PM.
  • Parents: please consider volunteering to bring pizza for the students to eat during their break. Here is a link to the volunteer page: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4BA8AB29A6F49-pizza2
  • Attendance at the concert is mandatory in order to participate in UIL on Thursday, March 9th.

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Upcoming deadlines:

Wednesday, February 15th: All chocolate money is due

Friday, February 17th: Trip Payment #2 is due

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World's Finest Chocolate

Spring Fundraiser

February 1st-February 15th, 2017

(<------see form on left for details)

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Orchestra Booster Club Meeting

Thursday, February 2nd, 6:00 PM

Orchestra Room

(<-----Booster Club membership form is on the left)

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Orchestra Booster Club Meeting, Thursday, January 12th, 6:00 PM, Orchestra room

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! We will be having an Orchestra Booster Club meeting next week, Thursday, January 12th, at 6:00 PM in the orchestra room. After our Winter concert last month, we were able to reinstate the Booster Club and now have officers, so this is our first official meeting as the reinstated club. Please join us if you would like to help out in any way, and if you are interested in being a member. Topics of discussion will include fundraising plans, banquet planning, and ways to get involved as an orchestra parent. Please join us if you can!

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CRHS Orchestra Winter Concert

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

CRHS Cafeteria

    • Symphonic Orchestra rehearse on stage from 4:30-5:00 PM. Afterwards you have time to change and eat.
    • Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse on stage from 5:00-5:30 PM. Afterwards you have time to change and eat.
    • Concert Orchestra (1st and 8th periods) rehearse on stage from 5:30-6:15 PM. Come to rehearsal in your concert attire. Remain on stage after the rehearsal.
    • Pizza will be in the orchestra room between 5:00-5:45 PM. Parents, we still need volunteers to bring pizza! Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ba8ab29a6f49-pizza1
    • All Symphonic and Philharmonic orchestra students in the cafeteria by 6:25 PM.
    • Concert begins at 6:30 PM.
      • All Concert and Philharmonic students are to stay after their own performance to watch the remainder of the concert.
    • After the concert we will hold booster elections. I will send another email with details.

Students: It is imperative that all orchestra members show proper audience etiquette when sitting in the audience. Show your classmates the same respect you wish to receive when you are performing. Your test grade includes your rehearsal attendance, concert attire, concert attendance, and audience etiquette.

I am looking forward to what will be a fantastic concert! Thank you all for your support and hard work, and let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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Spring Trip 2017

The paperwork is done and we are set to go to San Antonio on Saturday, May 20th! Please email me if you need a copy of the itinerary.

The cost of the trip is projected to be $130 per person. This includes the admission price to all events as well as lunch and dinner. (Our fundraisers are covering the cost of the charter buses). We have to have 86 participants in order to keep the per-person price from going up so we want to have as many participants attend as possible. Parents--please let me know if you are interested in chaperoning the trip.

Here is the payment schedule for the trip. Please contact me f you need to modify any of the due dates listed below.

Thursday, December 8th--first payment of $32.50 due

Friday, February 17th--second payment of $32.50 due

Tuesday, March 21st--third payment of $32.50 due

Tuesday, April 18th--last payment of $32.50 due

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to this fun event!

thanks,

Kaitlin Rightler

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Orchestra Parent Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 PM in Orchestra Room

We will discuss reinstating the Booster Club as well as fundraising ideas to help fund the Orchestra Banquet (see more information below).

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10/24/16:

Hello Everyone,

Today is the kick-off of our Fall Fundraiser. We are working with Great American Opportunities to sell chocolates, candies and snack foods through brochure sales. We have all of this week to sell. Students need to turn in their sales at the beginning of next week, by November 1st. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Our fundraiser profits will be used to pay for our Spring Trip, which I am in the process of planning through Director's Choice Travel. The plan is to take everybody down to San Antonio for the day on Saturday, May 20th. We will go to the zoo, spend time on the Riverwalk and at the Alamo, have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, and go see the San Antonio Symphony that evening. The projected per-person cost would be $130.13, and that is if at least 86 people attend. We will also have a charter bus deposit of $1000 to pay on top of that, which I hope will be covered by fundraiser profits. Any remaining profits from the fundraiser can help to lower the per-person cost.

Lastly, I have started planning for our Orchestra Banquet. If we do the same thing as the past few years and use the Marriott at La Frontera, we will have to raise ticket costs to cover the cost of the banquet. Last year ticket costs were $20, but in order to simply break even, ticket costs would need to be about $35. One of our great orchestra parents, Molly Salzwedel, is looking into getting our Booster Club started back up so that we can hold more fundraisers to help pay for the cost of the banquet. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to the booster....email Molly at MollyOrchestraMom@gmail.com to see how you can help! Also, in order to get your feedback about the Banquet, please fill out this surveymonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBDZ3BG

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Fall Concert

Thursday, October 13th

Cedar Ridge HS Cafeteria, 6:30 PM

Students wear formal black and white uniforms

<----- See further information in "Fall Concert Info" link

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Reminder: Orchestra Parent Meeting

Thursday, September 8th

6:00 PM

CRHS Orchestra Room

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8/25/16

Symphonic Orchestra Only: Morning Sectionals Begin Week of 9/5

Please review the schedule with your student and let me know of any conflicts now so that we can work to resolve them. Attendance is mandatory at every sectional and will be graded based upon participation. The schedule is as follows:

All sectionals run from 8:15-8:55 AM

Mondays: Violas

Tuesdays: Violins

Thursdays: Cellos/Basses

Since we have a holiday on Monday, September 5th, violas will have the first week off. But we will start their sectionals the following Monday, September 12th.

Once violins are divided into sections, we may split them into two different sectionals. I will let you know the new schedule if and when that occurs.

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8/19/16

Hello CRHS Orchestra Family!

I am Kaitlin Rightler, your new orchestra director here at CRHS. I am so excited to be here, and can't wait to get going next week!

I will be going over several "housekeeping" items this week in class. Here are a few things on the agenda:

  • All students need to bring their home instrument on the first day of school. You can drop it off in the orchestra hall before school if you like. Please make sure your name is on it. If you have or need a school instrument, you must fill out the instrument usage form for the 2016-2017 school year. Please let me know if you need the link to that form.
  • Charms: I am in the process of organizing and updating Charms. Please make sure your information is updated in it. Parent/Student Log-in: CedarRidgeHSOrch Password: Six student ID unless you have already reset the password .
  • All Orchestra forms and payments are due September 13th. You can find the forms on the sidebar, as well as on Charms.
  • Parents: I will need help with washing some uniform items. Please email me if you are interested in helping out with this.
  • Orchestra meeting: I will be scheduling this within the next few weeks to go over information.

I look forward to meeting everybody!

Kaitlin Rightler