March 25, 2017 What's NEXT?
FIRST: Jukebox Jingles raised $3000 for the orchestra program. THANK YOU for your support!!!
SECOND: the high school orchestra has been accepted to play at Walt Disney World on January 21, 2018!!! Yes, the audition was accepted and we can now raise funds in earnest! The Thirty-One Gifts and Life Expressions sale begins this week.
THIRD: the middle school and high school students have had their fair share of performances this month.
Each middle school orchestra performed for the 5th grade students who visited the respective middle schools; the high school students went to Quincy and New Groningen to perform for those elementary students. Also, Maggie Sims, Kevin Quintero, Eilie Telgenhoff and Emma Hakken represented Zeeland at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) STATE Solo & Ensemble Festival. CONGRATULATIONS for earning Superior ratings!
FOURTH: there are more performances in the next two months
April 18 ... the senior class will present their talents in a recital at 7:00 pm in the Lokers Auditorium. This is a special night for us to recognize the contributions of the seniors. a reception will follow their performance. I am looking for an underclassmen parent to help organize this reception. Please reply to this email if you are willing ...
April 22 ... the Zeeland Extra-Curricular Honors Orchestra (ZECHO), Rebekah Dykema, Gavin Frody, Lily Baker and Kelsi Van Order will represent Zeeland at the MSBOA District 10 Solo Ensemble Festival.
April 25 ... the middle school students are assigned to play at the Spring Art Show at the Royal Atrium Inn. They have received the information and were asked to consult with you about the best time for them to perform that evening. It would be great to have everyone respond by Tuesday, so I can complete the schedule for you by Thursday. I have attached a form for your convenience.
May 9 ... DAZZLE!, the high school showcase during Tuilip Time will include some of the upperclassmen high school students.
May 22 ... every orchestra student will be present for the final concert of the school year in the DeWitt Auditorium at 7pm. The "Space" theme will include some movie favorites as well as some classical giants. RESERVE this date for a great night of music!!!
| Barrage8 ... is a violin-based, modern world beat ensemble. With a blend of contemporary string arrangements and high-energy choreography, Barrage has toured in over 27 countries.|
The ensemble now includes 2015 Hope grad, Eve Panning, well known to the area as a member of her family’s Fiddlefire group.
|This is a note from Ms. Panning:|
"I hope you have been well!
I wanted to let you know that Barrage 8 is going to be performing at Hope College on March 30. There are still some tickets left, so if you, or any of your students are interested, they can still purchase tickets. It's a great performance for young musicians to attend. I will be in Holland from March 13-22, if you would be interested in having me come in and talk to any of the groups about the performance. It would be great to see some of the middle school students!"
| Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:30pm Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts| Orchestra update, March 3, 2017
Orchestra Update, February 17, 2017
Silent Auction Rules Jukebox Jingles VII: School of Rock, 2017
1. By bidding in the Zeeland Public School Orchestra’s (ZPSO) silent auction, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.
2. Each person bidding must be 21 or older to place a valid bid.
3. All bids must be legible.
4. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds unless otherwise noted.
5. All items are “as is.” (ZPSO) has attempted to describe and catalog items correctly, but neither warrants nor represents and in no event shall be responsible for the correctness of descriptions, genuineness, authorship, provenance or condition of the items. No statement made in this catalog, or made orally at the auction or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty, representation, or assumption or liability.
6. The auction item value listed is an estimate of fair market value. Items have not been appraised unless so noted.
7. Payment for items purchased must be paid in full are due the first day school is in session after auction. ZPSO accepts cash, and checks made payable to Zeeland Public School Orchestras. Item will be delivered after payment is received.9. (ZPSO) reserves the right to add or withdraw items, without notice, to or from the auction.
10. Silent auction bidding begins at $80.
11. Bids must be increased in $5 increments.
12. Bidders will be contacted if they have been out bid.
13. Winner will be contacted within 24 hours to determine payment and delivery.
14. Bids close at 8:15 pm at Jukebox Jingles on February 24. Stay tuned!
8. Purchaser must make arrangements for picking up item, shipping will be the responsibility of the purchaser of the item won at the auction, items not picked up within 10 days after auction will forfeit winning items.
| The 'big ticket' item ($160 value) |
Q1. What is Jukebox Jingles?
A1. Jukebox Jingles is a ZPS Orchestra fundraiser. Three large rooms at Cityside are transformed into cafe’s. The orchestra students have chosen 2- 3 songs to learn in small ensembles. Each cafe’ has a jukebox in which these songs are posted to be purchased by our guests.
Students are assigned to a cafe’ and wait for their song to be purchased. A DJ will tell the ensemble when it is there time to play and what song to play. This event is a culmination of learning how to arrange music and work in an ensemble. As part of the curriculum, this is a required performance.
Admission is FREE for this family friendly event. Funds are raised by purchasing these options: dinner, baked goods, raffle tickets, silent auction
and a 40’ x 40’ maze.
Q2. What do students wear?
A2. middle school Girls may wear 1) their white orchestra blouses and a poodle skirt; 2) the Moxie Strings orchestra t-shirt with black pants, black socks and black shoes; or 3) the Moxie Strings orchestra t-shirt with blue jeans (no holes, rips, tears, faded areas frays) with appropriate socks and shoes (think performance attire), 4) Orchestra concert attire: white blouse, solid black skirt or pant, solid black socks and solid black shoes.
middle school Boys may wear 1) a clean white t-shirt, blue jeans with white socks and black shoes; 2) the Moxie Strings orchestra t-shirt with black pants, black socks and black shoes; or 3) the Moxie Strings orchestra t-shirt with blue jeans (no holes, rips, tears, faded areas frays) with appropriate socks and shoes (think performance attire), 4) Orchestra concert attire: white shirt, black tie, solid black skirt or pant, solid black socks and solid black shoes.
high school students have the option to wear the above apparel or receive approval from Mrs. Ten Elshof of matching attire that would have been worn in the year that their song was popular. Attire must meet the school dress code.
Q3. Where do students bring their coat and case?
A3a. 6th grade students will bring their coats and cases to the choir room (down the hallway by the showcase/pool end of the building
A3b. Creekside 7th & 8th grade students will bring their coats and cases to Room 123
A3c. Cityside 7th & 8th grade students will bring their coats and cases to Room 125
A3d. High School students will bring their coats and cases to the band room.
Q4. What time should students arrive at Cityside?
A4a. Complimentary pizza is served in the cafeteria 5:15 pm for students who are playing or working during the 6:30 pm session. Students will place a pizza order and receive a wristband to receive their ordered slices.
A4b. If a student is working or performing during the 6:30 session and does not want pizza at 5:15, they should arrive by 5:45 to tune.
A4c. If a student is only performing during the 7:30 pm session, they may choose arrive no later than 6:45 pm. If they would like complimentary pizza, and plan to tune their instruments and warm-up from 5:45-6:15, they are free to be supervised by an adult during the first session. All school rules apply at this school event.
Q5. What is the schedule for the night?
A5. 6:15 pm doors open in the cafe’s: place a food and/or music order
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm music is played
7:00 pm RAFFLE tickets are pulled and posted by 7:15 pm
7:15 pm - 7:30 pm INTERMISSION
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm music is played
8:00 pm RAFFLE tickets are pulled and posted by 8:15 pm
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm move to the Auditorium
8:30 pm final RAFFLE tickets are pulled and announced in LOKERS Aud. followed by a 15 minute
ZHS Orchestra performance
| Coda ... || repeat and vamp|| 'Fine' !|| The 40' x 40' maze will be set-up in the small gym. Entry can be purchased at the maze. $1 for one time; $3 for unlimited. No food or drink allowed.|
| ~~ February 10, 2017 news ~~|| AND gift certificates from these area businesses: Home Roller Rink, Vitales, Crazy Horse, Curragh, Itty Bitty Bar, Meyer Music, Logan's Steakhouse, The Lost City, Branns, Thai Avenue, Holland Peanut Store, Hungry Howie's, Salt and Pepper, Farmhouse Restaurant, Biggby Coffee, Pizza Hut, Big Apple Bagel, AMC theatres, Kilwins, Wolfie's, Vee's Coney Island, Salubrity Spa, Family FItness, Holland Community Aquatic Center, Georgetown Ice Center, Winding Creek Golf Club, Zeeland Vet Service, VI pets, OK Tire Store, CD Exchange, Griffin's Hockey, ... and MORE ... a bike helmet from Main Street Bicycle Co., a jar of M & M's, a "We've Got Moxie" pillow ... and MORE TO COME...? If you do not see a business represented, please inquire whether they will donate. We will add it to the Raffle!!|
| Movie Night|| Star Wars|| Thank YOU for your contributions for these baskets! Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 at Jukebox Jingles. Tickets will be pulled three times during the evening. Winners must be present to win. The Jukebox Jingles schedule is listed below ... See YOU at the FAMILY-FRIENDLY event!|
|It is taking shape! Join us to|
complete this maze on Feb. 11 from 9am-12 in the Cityside orchestra room. See you there?
We need: staple guns + extra staples, box cut-
ters, tape measure, duct tape and wood glue.
~~~ JANUARY 27, 2017 news ~~~
|The inscription reads:|
"It has happened. The most epic drought in sports history has ended, thanks to the Chicago Cubs' legendary performance over the Cleveland Indians. The Series went to seven stomach-churning games including a five hour roller coaster ride of a Game 7 that ended in 10th-inning heroics. It was real and it was spectacular. The greatest fans in all of sports have finally, FINALLY gotten the championship they deserved. After 108 years, the curse is broken."
| The CUBS WIN!|
This All American Classic memorabilia is 19" x 23" and includes four pictures. The top three photos (L-R) are David Fowler's lead off home run, David Rogers' last home run and a photo of Ben Zobrist, 2016 World Series MVP.
The center photo says it all: euphoria and I-can't-believe-we did-it! This fine crafted piece could be yours when you purchase and place $1 raffle tickets in to the box. Stuffing the 'ballot box' is allowed!!
Oh what a series ...
what a night!
|WAIT, there's MORE! |
The orchestra students are collecting donations for these themed baskets:
HS (3 baskets): Disney, Marvel and Star Wars; Cityside 7/8th grade (2 baskets): Movie Night and Chocolate;
Creekside 7/8th grade (2 baskets): Road Trip and Crafts; Cityside 6th grade: Beach; and Creekside 6th grade: Sleep-Over
In addition, there will be numerous gift certificates to area restaurants and other businesses. The 'unveiling" is scheduled for February 10!
SAVE your dollars for these deals!
|FEBRUARY 24, 2017 || JUKEBOX JINGLES VII: SCHOOL OF ROCK|
Purchase blues, jazz or rock ‘n’ roll MUSIC performed live by orchestra ensembles for $5 from the jukeboxes in three cafes.
BAKED GOODS will be sold.
A choice of lite fares
featuring homemade APPETIZERS and ENTREES are under $6.
RAFFLE TICKETS may be purchased for $1
A MAZE will be in the small gym from 6:30-8:15pm.
The ZHS Orchestra will perform their Walt Disney World audition CONCERT
in Lokers Auditorium at 8:30pm.
Jukebox Jingles schedule:
5:15- 5:45pm complimentary pizza for orchestra students ONLY (orders will be taken at school)
5:45-6:15pm students tune instruments and warm up OR prepare to attend to their work stations (6th grade students will not have work assignments, but will perform)
6:15pm: doors open; food and music orders are taken
6:30-7:15pm: first session of music
7:30-8:15pm second session of music
8:15-8:30pm move to LOKERS Aud.
8:30-9:00pm ZHSO will perfrom. This concert will be recorded and sent t Disney as an audition to their "We're Instrumental Program.
~~~ JANUARY 20, 2017 news~~~
"Come together, right now..." build the maze! A huge shout out to those who made further progress on the maze last week Saturday - Wooh Who!!! The 40' x 40' maze barely fit in the Chix Coop! Pieces were secured and coordinates marked for ease in resetting the maze. YOU are invited to the next build on January 28 from 9 - noon in the Cityside Orchestra room and Chix Coop! The final product will debut at Jukebox Jingles ... SPREAD THE WORD ... reserve February 24 for this family-friendly addition to Jukebox Jingles! Doors "open" at 6:15 pm, music begins at 6:30 pm.
Our Mission Possible: reset the maze, complete the cloth siding and add the cardboard and wood panels. Should you
choose to accept: bring willing hands, a staple
|gun, electric screwdriver and/or electric drill.|
~~~ JANUARY 13, 2017 news~~~
MAZE construction continues tomorrow, Jan. 14, then on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 in the Orchestra room at Cityside from
9am -noon. This 40' x 40' maze is a major undertaking; many hands are needed to assemble the 90 panels in their place.
YOU are invited to help with this adventure! Willing hands are needed; a hammer, drill and/or an electric screwdriver are helpful.
The 'L's have felt on the bottom to
eliminate scratching the gym floor.
Each 'L' will become a panel with
either cardboard or wood.
Each panel will be connected by wood
blocks and screws for ease in
assembling the 40' x 40' maze.
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"Many hands make light work"
We could use many hands to
lighten to work of the faithful
few. The proceeds from this
maze will support orchestra
CONGRATULATIONS to the middle school students who participated in the MSBOA HONORS Orchestra on Saturday, Jan .7.
They braved the weather to work with other District X orchestra students. the 3:00 performance was well received.
Seventh Grade Orchestra
conducted by clinician Ms. Abby Alwin
Kelsi Van Order
Eighth Grade Orchestra
conducted by clinician Mr. Alan McNair
~~~ JANUARY 6, 2017 news ~~~
The 7th annual JUKEBOX JINGLES is Friday, February 24. This family friendly community extravaganza is held at Cityside Middle School
from 6:15 - 9:00pm. A complimentary dinner for orchestra students is served at 5:15. The Chix Coop, Orchestra Room and the Cafeteria are transformed
into cafe's where guests enjoy the hustle and bustle of the evening.
MUSIC by every orchestra student will fill the cafe's.
A lite fare of homemade APPETIZERS and ENTREE'S will be sold.
RAFFLE BASKETS will be up for grabs.
BAKED GOODS will be sold.
A 40' x 40' MAZE is in the construction phase.
YOU can be part of this extraordinary event!
Here's how to help:
1. The maze is made from 90 panels! We need adults and students to help construct the MAZE on Saturday, January 14, 21 and 28 from 9-noon
in the Orchestra room at Cityside. Hands to hold the panels in place are important. A drill, a hammer, or a glue gun will help secure the panels.
Join the fun in constructing this ambitious project!
2. The following classes are collecting items for the RAFFLE BASKETS. We need items for these baskets. What are you willing to donate?
Present your receipt and you will receive raffle tickets that cover half of your cost.
High School (3 baskets): Marvel, Star Wars & Disney
Cityside 7th & 8th grade: (2 baskets): Chocolate & Movie Night
Creekside 7th & 8th grade (2 baskets): Road Trip & Crafts
6th grade classes (2 baskets): Beach & Sleepover
Hope College would like to offer you free tickets to their premier musical concert, the Musical Showcase.
The performance features the top Hope College student soloists, chamber groups, ensembles and large performance groups!
Musical Showcase Concert
Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center
Friday, February 3 at 7:30 PM
Seating is reserved and this will be likely sold out in mid-January. This is a paid ticketed concert.
However, Hope College is inviting us to attend free of charge! If you would like tickets, please reply to email@example.com no later than January 10.
There are a limited number of complimentary tickets, so first come, first serve.
ZPS Orchestra in Concert, December 15, 7pm at DE WITT Auditorium
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
Parents, please make plans to have your 7th & 8th grade Orchestra students meet me in the DeWitt Auditorium at ZEHS for a rehearsal from 7:30-9:30am. The back stage doors will be open for them to enter. Cello and string bass students should plan to bring their instruments from home. They can be left in a secure place during the day and brought home again after the evening performance.
The 6th grade Orchestra students will be excused at 11:45 to immediately board the bus to De Witt Auditorium at ZEHS. These students will rehearse from 12:00pm-1:15pm arriving back to their respective schools by 1:30pm. Cello and bass students should plan to bring their instruments from home. They can be brought to the De Witt Auditorium early in the morning and left in a secure place during the day and brought home again after the evening performance.
The High School Orchestra will rehearse on Wed. and Thursday during their class hour.
All students will be reminded to prepare their work ahead of time or make up any work that they miss.
The middle school students should meet in the band room by 6:15pm.
The high school students should meet in the orchestra room by 6:30pm.
A concert is an indication of what the students have learned in rehearsals and how their ability is contributing to the effort of the team. No musician sits the bench; each member’s contribution is important for the good of the whole.
The middle school orchestra GIRLS are required to wear their solid white button down the front blouse and solid black dress slacks, or skirt with solid black leggings, tights, socks and solid black shoes. No flesh should show from the waist down. This is required for a uniform presentation on stage.
The middle school orchestra BOYS are required to wear their solid white button down the front dress shirt with a solid black tie, solid black dress slacks, solid black socks and solid black shoes. Please wear long enough socks so that when you sit down, no flesh will show. This is required for a uniform presentation on stage.
The high school students are required to wear their high school orchestra uniforms. The YOUNG LADIES will wear their full black blouse and skirt. The YOUNG MEN will wear their solid white button down the front dress shirt with a solid black tie and orchestra vest, solid black dress slacks, solid black socks and solid black shoes. Please wear long enough socks so that when you sit down, no flesh will show. This is required for a uniform presentation on stage.
Students in grades 7 -12 formed
chamber ensembles with their friends
and performed holiday melodies
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Designate an area, invite the students
and ambiance for FEEL the ZEEL for
GIVING is provided !
Hardware, an art gallery and
performing artists shared this
community space with Santa.
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Thank you, event
coordinators, for this
FiddleStix at Generational
Dec. 2, 2016
'Tis the season ensembles
bring holiday ambiance
to many different
Other students will be
playing for FEEL the
ZEEL for GIVING next
Students would be willing
to play for your special
occasion, also. Please
contact Mrs. Ten Elshof
(748-3149) to schedule
musicians for your
HS upperclassmen at LakeShore
Dec. 15, 2016 7pm
Dec. 15, 2016
DeWitt Aud. 7:00pm
featuring 'dream' pieces
from The Nutcracker
Ballet and other 'dream'
related selections: Aspire,
Believe, Conquistador, Dog
Night's Dream, Olympic
Fanfare, A Pirate's
Dreams and more ...
The students will rehearse in the De Witt
Auditorium during the school day.
Students should plan to provide their own
instruments and music.
The 7th & 8th grade orchestra students
should plan to meet in the Auditorium
by 7:30am. The 6th grade students will be
transported by bus to the high school for a
rehearsal from noon - 1:15.
1. Middle School students should arrive
by 6:15 in the ZEHS band room; high
school students should arrive by 6:30pm in
the ZEHS orchestra room.
2. Concert attire is required: middle
school students will wear their white
orchestra shirts or blouses with solid dress
black slacks or skirts, solid black
tights or socks (no flesh should show) and
solid black shoes. Boys should wear black
ties. The high school students will wear
their orchestra uniforms.
Nov. 18, 2016
Thank you for supporting
your young musician as
they prepared for and
played at the Parent
I received many
compliments on their
Feel the Zeel for GIVING in the Zeeland Ace Hardware store downtown.
Wednesday, Dec. 7 Thursday, Dec. 8 Friday, Dec. 9
5:30 - 6:15 Stephanie,Lucy, Hunter, Madison/Alyssa Stephanie & Brynn (crk)
Jacob & Meagan (crk) Bianca & Gavin (cty)
6:15 - 7:00 Lauren & Sophie Maleah's ensemble Mckenna/Eilie
Laura & Holly
7:00 - 8:00 Makayla,Paige,Laura (cty) Boo's ensemble ZECHO
| ||The perimeter of the maze will include 5 panels like you see on the left. The maze itself will be made with 90 panels as seen on the right. The maze will cover 40' x 40' when completed. The configuration is flexible depending on the site in which is is constructed.|| |
Mac's Family Fun Night is
Friday, October 28 at ZEHS.
A dinner of homemade soups and
macaroni and cheese will be served
from 4:30 - 6:30 in the cafeteria.
The orchestra students in grades 8 -12 will entertain
you with 'spooky' music, games and a scavenger hunt.
A costume contest will be held at 5:30. Tickets can
be purchased from an orchestra student or at the
door: $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults,
$20 for family of four or more, children 4 and
under are FREE.
Looking at all angles and checking the
prototype, the MAZE is a step-by-step
project. THANKS to generous donors
and sweat equity, most of the parts are
ready for assembly! Join us for the next
WORK BEE on Nov. 5, 9 -noon at Cityside.
| The Zeeland Extra-
curricular Honors Orchestra
(ZECHO) represented the
ZPS Orchestra program well
at a convention on Friday,
October 21. As an example of
Project-Based Learning in a
performing arts class setting,
this auditioned ensemble
demonstrated how music can
be "on the move" in a
The students performed a
variety of music genres as duets, trios, quintets and
the larger ensemble.
Those who attended the
session, were very grateful
for the opportunity to brain-
storm PBL ideas.
A special THANKS to the
parents who accompanied
these students and assisted
in the details of the trip.
October 6, 2016
The Moxie Strings
From clinic to the concert
stage, the Moxie Strings
educated and stretched
the abilities of the
The evening concert
included the debut
performance of the 6th
compositions by the
7th & 8th grade and
high school orchestras
and the tunes learned
in the clinic.
Diana, Ali and Fritz dazzled the
audience with their musical expertise.
To our orchestra
families and friends,
for supporting this
experience is vital to the
pursuit of excellence and
for the growth of the
OCTOBER 6, 2016 ~The Moxie Strings will lead clinics for the orchestra students in grades 7-12 during the
school day; the evening concert will showcase what the students have learned. The concert will also feature the
6th grade students in their very FIRST performance! Concert details are posted in your student's orchestra
Google Classroom. Please take time to order your tickets and help your student prepare for the concert.
OCTOBER 21, 2016 ~ Last spring I was asked to present a session at a convention in South Bend, IN. on
Oct. 21. The Convention director had heard about how the Zeeland Orchestra students perform in the
community; the 2015-16 7th grade students were invited to audition for the opportunity to accompany me to this
convention. Ten students were selected; we have been rehearsing through the summer and after school on
Wednesdays this fall. This week the School Board officially approved this trip!! The students have chosen to call
their ensemble Z E.C.H.O: the Zeeland Extra-curricular Honors Orchestra! Practice Smart. Be Excited!!
OCTOBER 28, 2016 ~ The MAZE is under construction, Candy and other treats are being collected. A
scavenger hunt is being organized. Balloons are on order, face painting designs are approved. Macaroni and
Cheese and hot soups will be prepared. A FUN NIGHT is being planned for all families!!
Friday, October 28 from 4:30 - 7:30pm in the ZEHS Cafeteria and Aux gym. Wear your costume and join the fun!
| RESERVE THE DATE:
October 28, 2016 for a family friendly
event in keeping with the fall season.
aMAZEing. Homemade food. games.
scavenger hunt. claim your parking
space early. More details next week!
| The MOXIE STRINGS
Thursday, October 6, 2016 7pm
DeWitt Auditorium on the campus of ZEHS
Have you purchased your tickets for the orchestra concert with the Moxie Strings?
This eclectic dynamic duo will light up the stage with their performances of alternative Celtic rock on electric violin and cello. It is a family friendly event which features the ZPS orchestra students in grades 6 -12.
See YOU at the show!
| Individual Music Improvement Plans (iMips) offer the student an incentive to expand their musical experiences to outside of the classroom walls. Students in grades 7 -12 are assigned a specific number of points to earn within a semester (gr. 7 & 8) or per term (gr 9-12). Many students already do this by presenting a mini concert for their families, leading in worship services, attend concerts in which string instruments are played - TranSiberian Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, musicals, Broadway shows - watch for a space each week where concerts can help your student earn iMip points!
Holland Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 24, Classics 1: featuring Ralph Votapek from MSU piano faculty 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center at Hope College
Grand Rapids Symphony, Sept. 23 - 25, The Piano Men 8pm on Fri & Sat., 3pm on Sun. DeVos Performance Hall
Grand Rapids Symphony, Oct. 22, DreamWorks Animation 8pm DeVos Performance Hall
Grand Rapids Symphony, Nov. 4 -6 E.T (full length film and score) 8pm on Fri & Sat; 3pm on Sun. DeVos Performance Hall
BARRAGE 8 is coming to FOREST HILLS** Ms. Eve Panning, a Hope College grad and former student teacher with the ZPS orchestras performs with this ensemble.
Internationally renowned performing artists BARRAGE 8 (check them out at www.barrage8.com) will be presenting a concert alongside the NHMS and FHN Orchestras on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm in the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.
You will not want to miss this “memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before.”
Tickets are on sale now at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; 616-493-8965), $15 adults and $10 students/children.
|** 6th grade orchestra students may receive extra credit points by attending a 'qualified' concert, fill out a concert report form and hand it in with a program of the concert. Other extra credit options will be available soon for these students.
A very busy weekend included coaching FiddleStix for their first wedding gig!
This young quartet is willing and eager to play for your special occasion. Please contact Mrs. Ten Elshof if you would like to hire FiddleStix for your next event!
|Camp Waltman Lake
|| Can't resist the photo op!
We have an exciting year ahead of us!
Within the first month of school, the Moxie Strings will share their expertise with the students in a clinic is October 6. This is always a great day and an energetic concert as the students show-off the arrangement of their new song and improvisation skills!
Each orchestra student will receive a complimentary t-shirt to wear for this performance. Please fill out the correct form above to place an order for your t-shirt.
Brrr...ring them on!
Oct. 6, 2016
a ticketed event...
Order your tickets ...
Did you place your order for your student's FREE t-shirt on the Middle School Orchestra
or High School Orchestra Syllabus/t-shirt form ?
On October 20, 10 middle school students will travel with Mrs. Ten Elshof (and chaperones :>) to South Bend, IN to present a session at the Christian Educators Association convention on Friday morning, October 21. These students auditioned for this opportunity and have been preparing for this presentation throughout the summer. We are excited to present how the Zeeland Orchestra students share their musical gifts with the community.
There is more activity in the making; please watch this space for photos
of past, current and future events of the 2016-2017 school year!
We do not want YOU to miss any detail or special event!
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If you curious about what the orchestra students accomplished in previous years,
you may scroll down for pictures, events and all the details ... history in the making.
| May 27, 2016: END-OF-THE-YEAR check list
____ 1. Middle School borrowed blouses and shirts should be laundered and returned to school in a bag label with the student's name by June 3. High school uniforms should be laundered and returned to school in a bag
with the student's name by June 1.
____ 2. ALL music should be returned to school.
____ 3. The 7th & 8th grade six week practice records were due on Monday, May 23.
____ 4. The High School Individual Music Improvement Plans were due yesterday, May 26. The 7th & 8th
grade Individual Music Improvement Plans are due June 2 or 3.
____ 5. Summer lesson forms were due today, May 27. There are a few openings for those who are still interested in taking private lessons or a group lesson with friends.
KUDOS to the orchestra students for their fine performances on Monday and Tuesday night! We all deserve the extra day this weekend to rest, relax and REMEMBER!!!
|May 23, 2016 ZHS Choirs and Orchestra: "Baba Yetu"
The High School Orchestra accompanied the ZHS combined choirs for "Baba Yetu", "Alway Something Sings", "The Parting Glass" as arranged by a ZHSO senior, Josh Ferguson and "O Happy Day".
The following night, the orchestra concert featured songs from different worlds. The final three selections were three movements from Dvorak's "New World Symphony".
May 24, 2016 ZPS 6 - 12 Orchestras "New World Symphony"
photo credits: May 23: Amy Busa and May 24: Rob Richardson
| May 20, 2016
May 23 rehearsal and concert details
The high school orchestra will perform with the high school choirs in a 7pm concert. Call time is 5:30pm. Google Drive is not loading for me right now; however, this information is available in a May 17 email and on your student's Google Classroom page.
May 24 rehearsal and concert details
EVERY orchestra student will meet at De Witt Auditorium for the mass rehearsal at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 24. More information is in a May 17 email and posted on the student's Google Classroom page. Still having technical issues, so please click on the assignments tab at the top of this page and find the red box on each classes' slide for optional/additional attire of your student's class: Creekside 6th grade is slide 2, Creekside 7th & 8th grade is slide 3, Cityside 6th grade
is slide 13, Cityside 7th & 8th grade is slide 14. Thank you!
|End of Year details
1. Summer is a great time for sports camps, music camps and taking lessons for remedial help or growth. The lessons I offer to students are for their benefit to learn music of their choice, to make music with their friends or to just hang out. This link to the form will give you more information.
2. 7th & 8th grade Individual Music Improvement Plans (iMips) are due June 3
3. High School Individual Music Improvement Plans (iMips) are due May 26.
4. For current 7th grade students: You are invited to audition for the opportunity to represent Zeeland at the CEA Convention in October. Click this link for the information that was sent in an email and give to you on paper.
5. ALL borrowed blouses, vests and uniforms should be laundered and returned to school by June 1. Thank you!
| May 13, 2016
| On Monday, Liz Benoit-Crew visited the Cityside 7th & 8th grade orchestra. She is a representative from the D'Adarrio String factory in New York. She explained the importance of cleaning strings after every practice and rehearsal with a dry cloth. She encouraged students to change their strings every year to keep the instrument sounding fresh and vibrant. The students saw how strings are made by taking a virtual tour through the factory.
We learned that different metal combinations will produce different tones on the instruments. Beginner's instruments usually have the solid steel core Prelude durable strings. Intermediate instruments will have the stranded steel sore Helicore strings. The next three levels are a musicians' choice: ProArte have a nylon core, Zyex retains a balanced sound across the instrument and the Kaplan brands are often used by professionals musicians.
If you wonder what gift to purchase for your musician, a set of strings is a great investment! If you have any questions, I'll answer them as best I am able.
| May 6, 2016 ... this past week in a nutshell:
1. Progress reports were posted. These grades will reflect what the students have earned on their assignments. See last week's note for clarification.
2. The high school orchestra is preparing two concerts: the first concert is Monday, May 23 in the De Witt Auditorium. This is a combined concert with the high school choirs. Each ensemble will perform music of their own; the concert will conclude with the orchestra accompanying the choir for four pieces. The second concert is Tuesday, May 24 in the De Witt Auditorium and will feature the 75 member high school symphonic orchestra. The 'winds' rehearse with the strings on Tuesday and Thursday; mark your calendar for these two extraordinary performances!
2. The middle school orchestras made great strides in preparing the music for the final concert on May 24. Reserve the night for a journey to worlds near and far, real and imaginary, peace and storms, intrigue and magic! The finale will be three movements of the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak performed by all 150 students!
3. Technology issues were resolved for most students. YEAH!
4. Thank you for your words of congratulations and the treats this week. It was fun celebrating the completion of my master's degree with each class. Thank you for sharing your young musicians with me on a daily basis; they truly are an inspiration! I am blessed to have a supportive orchestra family!
Thank you, Marisa Dengate, for this wonderful poster!
|April 29, 2016....
Term 4 PROGRESS REPORTS will be posted next week. Please have your middle school students complete missing assignments - especially practice minutes - and turn them in. Special note for 7th & 8th grade students: although the final practice record is due May 23, I would like to see your minutes. This will help you to remember to write down what you are practicing and not be completely in the dark when it is time to hand in the final copy.
Technology: yes, technology does not always work the way we want it to, so, no student in orchestra is penalized because of tech glitches. That being said, it is important that I know that the student is having tech problems so we can resolve them together.
FIRST HELPFUL HINT: if students have non-academic material (videos, pictures, music) on their iPads, assignments might not be able to post correctly because personal 'stuff' is taking up space.
SECOND HELPFUL HINT: one student determined that the his iPad was not updated to the current IOS. When he updated the iPad and deleted personal 'stuff', the video sent without a problem.
THIRD HELPFUL HINT: Some students have downloaded their video to an iMovie and were successful in sending it to me ...
Let's work on solving these issues together. Thank you!
April 26, 2016 Spring Art Show
Thank you parents for your support in making arrangements for your students to attend and perform at the Art Show! It is a busy time of year; the Royal Atrium Inn residents REALLY do APPRECIATE the art work and the music for the reception.
The Art teachers also thanked me for arranging the performance schedule. So, thanks again for all yo do to encourage your musician to share their talents with the community!
Art Show details: April 26, 2016
Please dress for success; concert attire is not required, but students should wear nice dress clothing - no blue jeans, faded clothing or clothing with holes, tears or frays, please. Student performances begin at 5:30 pm. Click HERE for the schedule. Plan to arrive a half hour before your performance time to tune your instruments and warm-up. Students are dismissed after they perform.
Hello Alumni! April 21, 2016
The final orchestra concert of the 2015-2016 school year is May 24. The Alumni selection for this year is Baba Yetu. (Click on that link to view the music.) You are invited to join the high school on this selection. There will be two evening rehearsals for your benefit: Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19 in the Cityside Orchestra room at 7pm. Here is a recording of Baba Yetu for you to help with your practicing :>)!
The high school orchestra STRINGS meet from 11:05am - 12:00pm on Mon., Wed., and Fri. (Winds join us on Tues. and Thurs.). You are welcome to practice with us during any of these rehearsals provided you inform Mrs. T ahead of time.
We look forward to having you join us for this dynamic selection!
Mrs. Ten Elshof
Senior Recital program
Tuesday, April 19 7:00 pm
Second Reformed Church
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ……………………….…………………………………...W.A. Mozart
Amrei Frey, Margaret Hawley Lowry, Joshua Ferguson and Andrew La Duca
Ave Maria …………………………………………………………..…………….…. F. Schubert
Alyson Monroe, violin
Mrs. Linda Hoekwater, piano
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26 …………………………………..…………………..… M. Bruch
Amrei Frey, violin
Mrs. Linda Hoekwater, piano
Concerto for viola ……………………..………………………….……………..... G.P. Telemann
Joshua Ferguson, viola
Margaret Hawley-Lowry, piano
Bad Apple ……………………………….…....…....Touhou/arr. Christopher Cheng/Brian Chau
Brian Chau, violin
Zeeland High School Orchestra
Roxa’s Theme …………………………….……………..………...…………...Yoko Shimomura
Mariah Huyser, viola
Margaret Hawley-Lowry, piano
Les Miserables ……………...…………….……….....Claude-Michel Schonberg/M. Ten Elshof
Megan Richardson, viola
Zeeland High School Orchestra
Serenity ……………………………..….…………....……………..arr. Margaret Hawley-Lowry
ii. Bread of Life
Margaret Hawley Lowry, violin
Zeeland High School Orchestra
To Zandarkand ………………………...……………...……………….… arr. fugu-chan/quartet
Alyson Monroe, Elizabeth Rinckey, Brennon Briggs, Wesley Thompson
You are cordially invited to a reception in the cafeteria following this performance.
|Vitale's Performing Arts Student of the Month
Amrei was elected by her classmates to be the Vitale's Student of the Month. They chose her because of her exceptional talent, her friendliness and her willingness to help others. She is a classically trained violinist from Germany; the class is impressed with her hard work, especially as she learned how to play alternative styles. She is a great section leader and fun to work with. Congratulations, Amrei!
1. 2nd draft Spring Art Show
performance schedule; the final draft will be posted on Friday, April 15.
2. 7th & 8th grade orchestra practice record.
3. Summer Scholarship applications are due Monday, April 25. Please take advantage of this opportunity for you and your student. The link is posted below.
4. Summer lessons for individual students or groups of students are available from Mrs. Ten Elshof or a qualified high school student. The link is posted below.
5. GRCC Musical Moods
free tickets ...
| Summer lesson form
Spring Performances: April 19, Senior Recital 7pm @ Second Reformed Church
April 26, Spring Art Show 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ Royal Atrium Inn
May 10, Dazzle! 8pm @ Central Wesleyan Church
May 23, High School Choirs and Orchestra @ De Witt Auditorium
May 24, "Worlds" Orchestra finale 7pm @ De Witt Auditorium
| February 5, 2016
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community
Hospital ART Contest
These middle school students added ambiance to this event:
THANK YOU Rebekah, Jakob, Christian, Gavin, Zeke,
Hannah, Lydia & Jonathan!
|CONGRATULATIONS to the students who represented the ZHS Orchestra program at the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) District X High School Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, Jan. 30. East Kentwood hosted this year's Festival: Amrei Frey, Josh Ferguson, Margaret Hawley-Lowry, Andrew La Duca,
and Megan Richardson
|High School String Quartet
MSBOA District X Solo & Ensemble
After performance: smiling due to their Division I rating = qualified for STATE!
JUKEBOX JINGLES VI 2016 "OLD TIME ROCK 'N ROLL"
5:15 - 5:45 pm - COMPLIMENTARY PIZZA dinner will be served to students in the cafeteria. A wrist band will be given to each student who orders pizza. A student without a wrist band will not be able to have any pizza. Students may be dropped off for this meal; you may arrive later at your leisure.
Instrument cases and coats will be kept in these assigned rooms: students who play in the cafeteria will use the band room; students who play in the Chix Coop will use Rm 119; students who play in the Orchestra room will use Rm 117.
When you arrive at Cityside, you may enter by the main door (north), the pool door (east) or the courtyard door from the bus drive (south). Signs will direct you to the INFORMATION STATION where students will direct you to the cafe' where your musician is performing. I have attached the performance schedule for the evening. I might change the group that is playing twice and the song selections might change, but otherwise I believe everything else is set. A 'final' copy will be sent home next week. There will also be copies at the INFORMATION STATION for your convenience.
5:45 pm - students who choose not to eat at school should arrive by this time
5:45 - 6:15 pm - grades 7 -12 Instruments will be tuned and students will warm up on their songs
6:15 pm - students will go to their performance cafe's or their 'job'
An ORDER TABLE in the hallway outside of the cafe' will give you space to fill out the food order (all meals under $6) and music order ($5/song). Students will be ready to assist you with answers to any questions you may have.
The MENU is attached. We have made every effort to be more stream-lined in the kitchen this year. ALL of the meals will be boxed before they arrive to school. We ask that you are patient as we feed over one hundred guests at one sitting.
The CAFE' CASHIER in the room will receive your payment and give you a 'numbered tent' that corresponds with your food order number. Place the numbered ten on the table where you are sitting. Runners/servers will bring the order to the kitchen, and return with your order. They will find your numbered tent and deliver the food to your table - like at Culver's.
The JUKEBOX CASHIER will receive your music order and payment.
A DJ will emcee the evening, keep the music playing and entertain you with music trivia.
6:15 pm - guests may arrive to order and purchase food for dinner, purchase songs to be played and settle in to enjoy the evening; you are invited to move between the cafe's throughout the night as long as you do not need to have food follow you :>)
6:30 pm - the music begins, raffle tickets are on sale, corner store is open for business
7:15 pm - first set ends; students switch to work or perform
7:15 pm - First raffle numbers are listed on the board
RAFFLE TICKETS are $1. these can be purchased at the RAFFLE TABLE found in the lobby, from a CASHIER, from the CORNER STORE and from the TREAT BOX VENDOR.
The CORNER STORE will sell raffle tickets, crafts and baked goods.
The TREAT BOX VENDOR will walk through the cafe's and hallway to sell raffle tickets and baked goods.
7:30 pm - second set begins, order and purchase food, purchase songs, purchase raffle tickets enjoy the new slate of music; you are invited to move between the cafe's throughout the night as long as you do not need to have food follow you :>)
8:00 pm - last call for food
8:15 pm - kitchen closes
8:15 pm - second set ends; students move to the auditorium for the Finale
8:15 pm - Second raffle numbers are listed on the board
8:30 pm - Final raffle numbers are drawn and announced at the Finale
The PROCEEDS from this event will support the return of The Moxie Strings, master classes, guest conductors, field trip expenses and other educational expenses not covered by the district budget.
|Orchestra Notes, January 15, 2016
|| Jukebox Jingles details !!
1. Mark your FEBRUARY 19 date on your calendar for this 6th annual family-friendly event! Invite your neighbors, too!
2. The Cityside Middle School doors open at 6:15 pm to order a lite meal and your music selections from "Old Time Rock 'n Roll".
3. The students will be playing during either the first set from 6:30 pm - 7:15pm, or the second set that runs from 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm.
4. A student dinner of complimentary pizza will be served from 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm in the cafeteria.
5. Students who do not eat at school are required to arrive by 5:45pm to tune and warm-up. They will proceed to their assigned performance cafe's at 6:15 pm.
6. Students may wear their 2015-2016 orchestra t-shirts with nice blue jeans (no rips, tears, frays, faded areas) OR females wear: white blouses and poodle skirts; males wear: white t-shirts with leather jackets.
Congratulations to Sean Howard, who was named the Vitale's Performing Artist of the Month!
Sean consistently befriends classmates and assists them in learning their part. If he is not playing when the rest of the class is rehearsing, he is probably tuning an instrument for his peers. One of the "three stooges", Sean and his cronies have taken their leadership responsibilities seriously. If you see this student athlete musician, please congratulate him!!
| Michigan School Band and
District X Middle School HONORS Orchestra
|On Sat., Jan. 9, five students from Cityside Middle School and five students from Creekside Middle School represented the Zeeland Orchestra Program in the Honors Orchestra. The students received the music in December, practiced the four selections on their own, rehearsed in a sectional and two full rehearsals in preparation for the afternoon concert.
Well done, everyone!
|Mr. Dan Long, a 40-year veteran middle school orchestra educator and mentor to many teachers, was the guest clinician.
| ORCHESTRA NOTES December 18, 2015
1. A concert and two holiday assemblies in three weeks! The students and I are ready for a vacation! Are you?
3. Individual Music Improvement Plans (iMips) are due on January 15 for orchestra students in grades 7-12.
2. EXAMS: the student in grades 7 -12 have received the exam selections which will be performed for the class the week of January 18. They have chosen ensemble partners with whom to work. there will be limited time in class to learn the music, so please encourage them to practice their part at home.
Friday, February 19, 2016
We need SHOPPERS!!! Is SHOPPING your forte?? Each orchestra class is filling a basket with goodies for the raffle. Many items will be ON SALE as the year closes; your donations to any of these baskets is appreciated. these items can be brought to school at any time. THANK YOU for sharing your passion to shop!
CTY 6th grade: rainy day umbrella: crafts, crayons, science fun, gift cards/books, playdoh, legos, gift card to Michael's or Hobby Lobby ...
CTY 7th grade: 1) sports paraphernalia basket
... nurf balls, gym bag, chocolate candies wrapped like sports balls... 2) candy/chocolate basket ...e
CTY 8th grade: sleepover basket ... blanket, pillow, stories, movies, snacks, dinner gift crafts, mad libs, pajama, teddy bear,
CRK 6th grade: road trip basket ... coffee/hot chocolate or gift cards, gift cards for fast food places, teddy bear, blankets, pillow, 1st Aid kit, party bags/candy, gas cards ... travel games: MadLibs? wordsearch? ...
CRK 7th grade: Star Wars lunch bucket and more ...
CRK 8th grade: 80's incarnated basket ... anything associated with the 80's (that is school appropriate :>)
HIGH SCHOOL: movie night basket...anything associated with a movie night
| ORCHESTRA NOTES
December 11, 2015
1. THANK YOU for your part of the story on Monday night! The packed house was a welcome sight and a gift: we now know that the orchestra program has outgrown LOKERS Auditorium! What a great problem to have! Next year's date is tentatively set for December 20 in the De Witt Auditorium.
We strum. We fiddle. We rock!
|2. EXAMS are on the heals of the winter break! The high school students have chosen their ensemble and the music selection to perform for their exam. Every student is performing a selection in the key of D major. This is the first 'installment of an orchestra portfolio that each student will have upon their graduation. Each new term will cover one or two keys. The music has been scanned for educational purposes and posted in the high school orchestra Google Classroom. Students should be practicing their part at home so rehearsals with their ensembles can be productive when at school.
||3. JUKEBOX JINGLES is February 19 at Cityside Middle School. Continue to consider how YOU can be a part of the FUN! There is room for everyone, and if everyone helps the load will be lighter for all! INVITE your family, friend, neighbors and members of the community to this family-friendly event!
P.S. The high school student have already made a list of "Old Time Rock'n Roll" music to perform.
| ORCHESTRA NOTES December 4, 2015
1. "STORIES" will be presented by the ZPS orchestras in grades 6-12 on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7pm in the LOKERS Auditorium at Cityside. This is a family friendly event; please join us!
2. DONATIONS for the Norma Sneller Memorial Scholarship fund (for students who pursue a career in music) and the Summer Scholarship fund (for students who desire to study during the summer months) will be collected at the concert.
3. FUZZY PEACH will remain open until 10:00pm for the orchestra families! Join us to celebrate the performance of these student musicians. 15% of the sales from 8:30-10pm will be donated to the ZPS Orchestra program!
4. ZPS Orchestra apparel arrived yesterday. the complimentary t-shirts were distributed today. Please send a payment to school with your student for the other garments that you have ordered. Thank you for supporting the orchestra!
5. Reserve Friday, February 19 for JUKEBOX JINGLES, 2016 "Old Time Rock 'n Roll". It is a lot of fun for the entire family and neighbors and community members...! Let's fill the house and have a rockin' good time!
|These five high school students participated in the Meyer Music All-Star Band and Orchestra Day on Saturday, Nov. 21 held at the Otsego High School. The orchestra was led by Dr. Bruce Uchimara from Western Michigan University. Nominated for their leadership abilities and desire to excel in their craft, these students added yet another performance to their high school experience. Thank you for representing Zeeland!
||After a full day of rehearsals, the students performed a concert at 4:30pm. They reported on a full and exciting day of music!
| ORCHESTRA NOTES, Nov. 20, 2015
1. "Thank You" students, for your work this week. The Friday performances in class were a major improvement from the work on Monday!
2. JUKEBOX JINGLES update: the meeting on Tuesday night included a lively discussion on how to improve the 6th annual Jukebox Jingles extravaganza. The updated job descriptions for adults and students was attached to this week's 'Happy Friday!" email.
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the opportunities to support the students at this family-friendly event! The night is programmed in two sessions of 45 minutes. Your 7th-12th grade student will be working the session he/she does not perform. Every endeavor is made to schedule YOUR assignment opposite your student's performance.
|3. Jukebox Jingles RAFFLE themes:
The following classes are collecting items for themed-baskets to be raffled at Jukebox Jingles..
Cityside 6th grade: one umbrella filled with Rainy Day Crafts
Cityside 7th grade: one Sports basket & one basket of Candy & Chocolates
Cityside 8th grade: Sleepover
Creekside 6th grade: Family Road Trip
Creekside 7th grade: a "lunch box" of Star Wars goodies
Creekside 8th grade: 80's Incarnate
High School: Movies (PG and PG 13, of course :>)
|4. "STORIES" is the theme for the Dec. 7 Orchestra concert. We are preparing a wide variety of music to tell you stories "Out of the Winter" and more! Your student should be practicing 'clues' to other songs that you will hear at the concert. Fuzzy Peach is remaining OPEN until 10:00 pm for us to celebrate the performances!
A few "need to know" details:
1. The concert is at Cityside Middle School in the Lokers Auditorium.
2. All students should arrive by 6:30pm. The middle school students should meet in the cafeteria; the high school students should meet in the band room.
3. Concert attire is the required orchestra uniform: middle school students will wear their white blouses/shirts and black slacks/skirts/socks/shoes. Boys will wear a black tie. High school students will wear the high school orchestra uniform.
ORCHESTRA NOTES, Nov 13, 2015
1. "Thank you" to the parents who accompanied the 6th grade orchestra students on the field trip this week. We had beautiful weather, safe travels and well-behaved students. Click on the photo tab above for more photos of this trip.
2. "Thank You" also to the parents who visited me at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Hearing your concerns and positive experiences is an important part of the learning process.
3. On Friday, February 19, three Cityside rooms will be transformed into live cafe's! Each cafe' will sport a jukebox from which our guests may purchase Old Time Rock 'N Roll tunes. Jukebox Jingles is a night of student performances, family atmosphere and great food for all! A JUKEBOX JINGLES meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7pm in the Cityside orchestra room. Your ideas are welcome as we organize this sixth annual orchestra fundraiser event!
4. Michigan Academy of Folk Music School Jam Session is Thursday, Nov. 19. Go to play or to listen, but definitely enjoy the music-making!!
|5. The CREEKSIDE orch-estra fundraising money is due Nov. 20. Prizes will be distributed to the students after all the money is turned in.
6. Two-for-One: on Monday December 7, the orchestras in grades 6-12 will present their winter concert, '"Stories" AND Fuzzy Peach will remain open until 10:00pm to help us celebrate! They will donate 20% of their sales from 8:30pm-10:00pm to the high school orchestra program. The debut of the 6th grade class, is reason enough to celebrate. FroYo and new specialty coffees await your taste buds!
7. Did you play a string instrument in school, but haven’t picked it up since? Do you have an instrument sitting in a closet somewhere that you can’t bear to get rid of? Are you wishing you could play again for fun, for a social activity, with no pressure to compete or be perfect?
The NEW HORIZONS ORCHESTRA will meet once a week for 90 minutes. The level of the group will be determined by the membership; everyone is welcome, no matter what ability you might have. The goal is to have fun making music!
An informational meeting will take place on
December 1, 2015 7:00 pm
Third Reformed Church 13th and Pine, Holland, Michigan in the choir room
For an application, visit the website at
www.hollandsymphony.org or call the Holland Symphony Orchestra office at 616-796-6780
|Creekside 6th grade Orchestra
||On November 10, the 6th grade orchestra classes visited Mr. Timothy Jansma, a luthier in Fremont. He graciously shared the art of violin making, along with viola and cello. The students also received a tour of the Dogwood Performing Arts Center. Ask a sixth grade orchestra student about this experience!
||Cityside 6th grade Orchestra
Nov. 6, 2015
1. KUDOS to the progress each orchestra made this week as they learned new music for the December 7 concert. "STORIES" will be told through music in the Lokers Auditorium (at Cityside) at 7pm. Reserve the date for this family friendly concert.
2. Parent teacher conferences
Tues. Nov. 10 4-7pm at Creekside
Wed. Nov. 11 2-5pm at ZEHS choir room
Thur. Nov. 12 2-8pm at Cityside
You are welcome to visit me at any of the schools during those posted times.
|3. Creekside fundraising money is due November 20. Prizes will be distributed after all of the money has been collected. I have challenged the orchestra students to be the first performing art class to have all the money in!
4. The 6th grade orchestra students will visit Mr. Timothy Jansma's violin shop on Tuesday, November 10. I am looking forward to this field trip! Information was sent vie email on Thursday, Nov. 5.
5. JUKEBOX JINGLES committee meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7pm in the Cityside orchestra room. This is a meeting of the minds to organize the sixth year of this event!
Jared, Nate and Kyle from the Michigan Academy
of Folk Music School visited the high school and 7th/8th grade classes this week. They challenged the students to practice FREE IMPROV!
| ORCHESTRA NOTES Oct. 30, 2015
1. KUDOS to the students who performed at the Art Show on Tuesday! THANK YOU to the high school students who helped tune and keep the music playing through the night.
2. Where is Mrs. Ten Elshof?
Parent Teacher Conference locations
Tues. Nov. 10 4-7pm at Creekside
Wed. Nov. 11 2-5pm at ZEHS orchestra room
Thurs. Nov. 12 2-8pm at Cityside
3. Jukebox Jingles Parent committee
November 17, 2015 7pm
Cityside Middle School Orchestra room
| Middle School Orchestra t-shirt
||4. The middle school orchestra students will receive a FREE short sleeved t-shirt for orchestra. This will be optional attire for Jukebox Jingles (more about that later). The CREEKSIDE students will have the green letters as shown in the photo; CITYSIDE letters will be a burnt orange. The clef will match the instrument clef that the student plays; a violinist will have the treble clef, violist the alto clef and cello/bass players will have the bass clef. The back side will sport the ZPS Orchestra logo and our tagline: "Creativity in musical motion". I will post graphics when I receive them. Long sleeved t-shirts, crew neck and hooded sweatshirts are also available for a price. Click here to order your size!
| ORCHESTRA NOTES
Oct. 23, 2015
Just a few announcements this week:
1. The middle school orchestra blouses and shirts order has arrived! They have been distributed to the students who requested them. Borrowed garments should be returned after the last concert in May. The payment for the purchased garments should be made by November 1. Thank you for taking care of this detail in a timely manner.
2. Students who are performing in the Art Show should plan to arrive a half hour before their schedule performance time. this allows for running late, use of the rest rooms, tuning and warming up with their ensemble. Performance attire should be nice clothes, but no blue jeans or other clothing with holes, rips, tears or faded areas. Concert attire is permitted, but not required. Students may be excused after their performance.
3. A representative from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will be spending the day with the orchestra students on November 23. Mr. Roach will invite students to attend the summer camp and offer them the opportunity to audition for a scholarship to attend.
4. The winter concert is December 7 at7pm in LOKERS Auditorium at Cityside. The theme is "Stories". All orchestra student will perform at this concert. Reserve the date.
|Oct. 27, ART SHOW reception performance schedule
5:30 Zach, Zeke, Andrew, John, Jalynn 6:30 Kelsi
5:40 Lauren, Addison Olivia, Lauren, Mai, Kyla
Nate, Max Aliza, Bianca, Brianna, Adriana
5:50 Christian, Jakob 6:40 Austin, Laurel, Gavin
6:00 Alyssa, Madison Ashlyn, Halle
Mariah, Kate 6:50 Annabelle
Corban Leticia, Samanta
6:10 Cara Laura, Holly
Brynn, Seth, Tori, Stephanie 7:00 Paige, Makayla, Laura
Annika, Ermithe Haylee McAndrews
Mason 7:20 FiddleStix
6:20 Aerolynn, Lauren 7:30 Lizzy, Veronica
Rebekah, Hannah Cora Catie
SIXTH GRADE ORCHESTRA DAY, November 10.
The 6th grade orchestra students will be visiting Mr. Jansma's violin making shop in Fremont. Thanks to all parents who are willing to drive. A few permission slips are needed from some students.
Thank you for supporting your musician by attending last night's concert! Our day with the Moxie Strings was fun, educational and full of energy! The concert was the capstone and we certainly appreciate sharing our music with you!
|7th & 8th grade Orchestra's clinic with
The Moxie Strings, Oct. 15
ZHS Orchestra's clinic with The Moxie Strings
| Boldly go
where no one has gone before:
Grand Rapids Symphony presents Star Trek, Saturday, Oct. 17.
Festival Orchestra in an evening concert at the Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Admission is FREE.
|15 1/2" Eastman Strings VIOLA for SALE: $300.
contact Mrs. Ten Elshof
for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Orchestra Notes, Oct. 9, 2016
Did you get downtown last weekend to hear FiddleStix?
LIKE their video on the Main Street Bicycle Co facebook page
Fund raising order forms and payment for orders are due Wed., Oct. 14
THE MOXIE STRINGS will lead two clinics for the orchestra students on October 15. The students will learn a song by rote, learn how to improvise and perform an arrangement of the song at the evening concert. Each orchestra will perform two selections. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, etc. to this family friendly concert!
"Have we got a show for you!"
Tickets can be purchased from the Performing Arts Dept. ticket office at Zeeland East, from an orchestra student, from Cathy Lugten at email@example.com or on-line at greateventseats.com/zeeland.
|On October 27, the middle school orchestra students have will perform at the Fall Art Show reception at the Royal Atrium Inn. This is an optional event for the 6th grade students, the 7th & 8th grade students will earn 8 Individual Music Improvement Plan (iMip) points by performing at this reception. The form to sign-up for your most convenient time was due today. Please ask your student about this form. A tentative performance schedule will be published next week.
On December 5, the 7th & 8th grade students have the opportunity to perform at the Michigan Band and Orchestra (MSBOA) District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival. Students will perform classical music for a professional musician who will share ideas of what went really well and what can be changed to improve their playing ability. The registration form and payment is due by Tuesday, October 13.
|On November 10, the Sixth Grade Orchestra students will visit the violin workshop of Mr. Timothy Jansma and tour the Dogwood Center in Fremont. Mr. Jansma is an internationally known violin maker (he also makes violas and cellos); his instruments are played by professional musicians around the world! The students will enjoy the famous Parmesan-crusted breadsticks at Spanky's Pizza before returning to ZPS at the end of the school day. The location at the edge of the Manistee National Forest is not conducive for a bus, so parent drivers are needed. Sixth grade orchestra parents, please consider joining us for this trip. Students have a paper copy for you to indicate your willingness to drive.
Zeeland 2016 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are two orchestra students: congratulations to Brian Chau and Margaret Hawley-Lowry!
|Orchestra Notes, Oct. 2, 2015
The Moxie Strings return to Zeeland for the fourth year, to instruct the orchestra students on how to improvise, arrange and write music. The evening concert is family friendly! Tickets are available from the Performing Arts ticket Office or by contacting Cathy Lugten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pumpkin Fest 2015: FiddleStix, an eighth grade string quartet will perform in the Main Street Bicycle Co. on Friday Oct. 2 from 4:30-5:15pm and on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2:00 - 2:45pm. Take some time to stop to listen and savor delicious baked goods made by high school orchestra students.
Progress Reports: It is already time for progress reports! The orchestra students have been busy preparing for their first concert. Since students are not receiving a grade for how many minutes they are practicing, the grades are a close reflections of their playing ability at this point. Please remember this is only the beginning of the school year. There is time for improvement before the final grade of the first nine week term. The best way to improve is to 'smart' practice on a daily basis.
Art Show: The first Art Show reception of the school year is October 27. Please look for the Art Show forms to come home this weekend. Reserve this date to walk the art gallery and enjoy music by the middle school students.
Middle School Solo and Ensemble information will be handed out on Friday, Oct. 2. This adjudicated Festival is open to 7th & 8th grade students.
High School Individual Music Improvement Plans (iMips) are due Wednesday, October 28.
Vitale's Performing Artist of the Month
Mercy Brooks is a freshman from Eagle Crest. She has played clarinet for three years, but has dreamed of learning to play the violin. A year ago she began her quest, and has progressed to the point of playing with the High School orchestra!
| ORCHESTRA NOTES, September 25, 2015
“A painter paints pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
― Leopold Stokowski
REMEMBER to purchase your MOXIE STRINGS concert tickets!
Kudos to this week's musician's!
The sixth grade orchestra students learned FIVE new notes this week! The 7th/8th grade orchestra students enthusiastically obliged my need for data for my master's degree project. I am collecting data on 'How to improve music from its current status of performance to where it needs to be for the concert on October 15!" Monday's recordings were critiqued. On Tuesday, the students saw the data; the amount of minutes practiced and practice strategies were discussed. The students made great progress this week on their concert songs! The same surveys will be given and completed three more times; each time the data should show improvement. I expect to see a correlation between how many times students practice, to how well the music is played. Hopefully students will recognize the value of specific practice strategies that help them practice SMART (fewer minutes, but leaning just as much if not more)! The high school orchestra responded well to the suggestions of our guest conductor today. Dr. Christopher Fashun, the Hope College Orchestra director, encouraged the students consider alternative techniques and come to a consensus of which technique to use for the best sound. Specific points were made; the students responded well and their performance improved!
| ORCHESTRA NOTES, September 18, 2015
According to the August 31, 2015 issue of Sports Illustrated, what athlete was encouraged to see a psychologist, but locked himself in the music department and played piano for an hour or two to not think about the problem? How did music matter to this athlete? How does music matter to you?
Kudos to the 6th grade classes for recording their first piece this week: "Quarter/Whole Jazz". Kudos to the 7th & 8th grade orchestras for their work on "Elasticity" and "Gauntlet". Kudos to the High School Orchestra. The first chair test was this week; students are teaching their peers well!
|The MOXIE STRINGS concert tickets are on sale!
The concert features the Zeeland orchestras from grades 7 - 12. "Have we got a show for you!"
Grand Rapids Symphony
"Star Trek: Live in Concert, Oct. 17
"Solomon Liang", violin Sept. 26
| ORCHESTRA NOTES, September 11, 2015
Through music we ...
... listen to each other.
... all belong.
... applaud one another.
... work hard.
... work together.
... dream big.
... solve problems.
... learn from the past.
... have fun, laugh and play.
... take risks.
... practice excellence.
... all take turns.
... make mistakes and try again.
The Moxie Strings
October 15, 2015
**check out The Moxie Strings
|(click on the events tab above for more concert information)
| future events:
"Stories" ~ December 7, 2015
Jukebox Jingles VI ~ February 19, 2106
HS Senior Recital ~ April 19, 2016
HS Orchestra/Choir concert !
~ May 23, '16
Orchestra Finale ~ May 24, 2016
| As an orchestra member, students will frequently seek opportunities to see and hear other musicians perform instruments. Whether attending a concert of a classmate who plays in the Holland Youth Orchestra program or making an event of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in action, students are encouraged to check out the music scene in West Michigan and beyond! By filling out a concert report from and handing it in, sixth grade orchestra students can receive extra credit points; students in grades 7-12 can earn Individual Music Improvement Plan (iMip) points.
Concerts should meet these four requirements:
1.) The performing ensemble must include a violin, viola, cello OR string bass;
2.) The performing ensemble must be more experienced that the ensemble in which the student participates;
3.) The performing ensemble must play a minimum of three selections in the concert/performance; and
4.) The performing ensemble is not a part of a worship service.
Concert Report CONCERT options:
Grand Rapids Symphony:
"Romeo & Juliet" ~ Sept. 18 & 19 8:00 pm
"Star Trek: Live in Concert" ~ Oct. 17 8:00 pm
see GRS website for ticket information
Holland Symphony Orchestra:
"Solomon Liang, violin" ~ Sept. 26 7:30 pm.
see HSO website for ticket information
Tom Sharpe Ensemble
drummer for Mannheim Steamroller ~ Sept. 20 7:00 pm
see Tom, Sharpe FB for information
The Way it Was .... 2014-2015
A NIGHT at the MOVIES (& more)!
On May 19, 2015 the ZPS Orchestra students will present a concert of movie tunes and Broadway melodies. YOU are cordially INVITED to attend this concert at 7pm in De Witt Auditorium. Alumni of the orchestra are invited to join the students in the performance of two themes for "Twilight": New Moon and Jacob's Theme. This concert is FREE; donations will be received for the Norma Sneller Memorial Scholarship Fund and Summer Scholarship Fund to assist current students to pursue their passion for their art.
If you experience difficulty in accessing the sheet music through these links, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the down arrow on the right hand side of the page next to the music title.
Spring Art Show reception, April 22, 2015
It's that time of year, again! The Zeeland Public School Art Department (K-12) presents student artwork at the Royal Atrium Inn on April 22! To add to the ambiance of the evening, the art teachers request orchestra students to perform in the atrium area. This is a great opportunity for your musician to share his/her talents with the community. It is this type of venue that many students will continue to find themselves in as they progress in their playing ability.
The students are assigned to small ensembles to prepare music for this event. Please encourage your musician to dress for success; concert attire is not required, but they should wear nice dress clothing (no blue jeans, no holes, tears, frays or faded clothing). The students should arrive a half hour before their scheduled time to perform. This will give them time to tune their instruments and warm-up. They are dismissed after they play. Thank you for supporting the orchestra musicians at this event!
JUKEBOX JINGLES 2015: Name that 'Toon!
On Friday, March 13, three Cityside rooms will be transformed into lively cafe's. Each cafe will sport a jukebox from which our guests may purchase tunes featured in cartoons from a by-gone era to today! This is a night of student music, family atmosphere and great food for all! Returning to Cityside after a year at the Howard Miller Community Center, many changes will be made for better service and healthier food selections! The students are beginning the process of choosing their ensemble members, their song selections and I've even heard of one student preparing the outfit! Talk about catching the excitement!!!! There is no entry fee; guests are invited to purchase dinner while listening to the live music they have purchased from the jukebox. If seeing is believing, then check out Jukebox Jingles 2013. Of course, the actual event is much more exciting than still life photos, SO, mark your calendar now to attend Jukebox Jingles 2015 on March 13 at 6:30pm!
The Moxie Strings, October 16, 2014
The Moxie Strings return to Zeeland for a clinic and performance with the Zeeland Orchestras on October 16. This "do-not-miss!!" event is being held in the De Witt Auditorium on the campus of Zeeland EAST High School. This dynamic celtic alternative rock duo reinforce what the students are learning about improvisation, arranging and composition. This year, the students will learn a song in a two hour clinic, arrange the song and improvise on the melody. The students in turn will teach a song to The Moxie Strings. The added bonus to this year's event is the opportunity to accompany The Moxie Strings on some of their own tunes! This will be a great night of high energy, rockin' strings on the new set of electric instruments!!! Tickets will be sold for this event: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, children 4 and under are FREE. to learn more about the dynamic celtic alternative rock trio visit their webpage at http://www.themoxiestrings.com/ Ticket information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/zps.org/zps-performing-arts/ticket-order-forms. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Fall Art Show reception, November 4, 2014
Every year the Zeeland Public
presents a Fall Show of student artwork at the Royal Atrium Inn. To
add to the ambiance of the evening, the art teachers request orchestra students
to perform in the atrium area. This is a great opportunity for your musician to
share his/her talents with the community. It is this type of venue that many
students will continue to find themselves in as they progress in their playing
The Royal Atrium Inn is one of the buildings in the Royal Park Place complex. It is located south of Chicago Drive off of 96th street. It is a beautiful “garden”
in which to play: the residents enjoy hearing young people perform and the
music creates a lovely ambience while parents and relatives walk the “art
gallery”. Since this an excellent venue for a performance by young musicians, I believe that you will find this opportunity to be a rewarding experience. The students will choose from music
that they are playing in class. They may play as a solo, duet or other ensemble
size. I will accompany them on the piano.
Please dress for success; concert attire is
not required, but the students should wear nice dress clothing (no blue jeans,
no holes, tears, frays or faded clothing). The students should arrive a half
hour before their scheduled time to perform. This will give them time to tune
their instruments and warm-up. They are dismissed after they play.
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