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Orchestra Concert schedule for 2018-2019

Reserve these dates for the new school year!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Moxie Strings - 7:30pm, DeWitt Aud. Grades 7-12

Monday, October 8, 2018 - Cityside 8th gr. choir, 7th gr. band, 7/8th gr. Orchestra - 7:30pm, De Witt Aud.             

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Creekside band, choir, 7/8th gr. Orchestra - 7:30pm, De Witt Aud.    

    Monday, October 15, 2018 - High School Orchestra - 7pm, De Witt Aud.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - Winter Orchestra Concert - 7pm, De Witt Aud.

   Friday, February 8, 2019 - Jukebox Jingles, IX - 6:15pm - 9:00pm Cityside

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Senior Recital - 7:30pm, North & South Break-out rooms @ ZEHS

Tuesday, May 15, 2019 - Middle School Finale - 7pm, De Witt Aud.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - High School Orchestra "Galactic Gala" - 7pm, De Witt Aud.


And in a whirlwind, the 2017-2018 school year has been completed! 
What did we accomplish? October: four concerts in seven days
November: Middle school ensemble performances during Parent Teacher Conferences
Middle School District X Solo & Ensemble
December: High school orchestra accompanied Dance students at the Winter concert
Middle School students perform their winter concert
January: 50 students travel to Walt Disney World for the "You're Instrumental" workshop 
and performance on the Waterside Stage in Disney Springs
High School District X Solo & Ensemble
February: the Advanced String Chamber Ensemble performs at the Broadway Revue
all students present music for Jukebox Jingles VIII: "Dizzying Disney"
High School District X State Solo & Ensemble
April: Senior Recital was postponed due to weather
Songs of Sanctuary with the Advanced Women's Ensemble
May: upperclassmen participated in Dazzle! at a Tulip Time event
Senior Recital and final concert on the same night made for a musical extravaganza

To all who supported by encouraging students to practice, by attending performances and by giving financially: 
Thank YOU! 
The program is not the same without your interests in the talents of these young musicians!!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
Many great events and experiences will enlarge our sights and expand our horizons as we embark on this education journey! 
We invite you to frequent this webpage to remain informed of the activities of individual students and the events of the Zeeland Public School Orchestra program. 

May 22: 
6pm - Senior Recital in De Witt Auditorium (rescheduled from its original date of April 17).
                    7pm - Fiddlin' 'Round with 'Simple Gifts'  an orchestra finale in De Witt Auditorium
                    9pm - A reception to honor the seniors will be held in north wing of the main lobby following the concert. 

April 14: Adiemus, Songs of 
Sanctuary. The Advanced String Chamber Ensemble will accompany the Advanced Women's Ensemble in this performance in Lokers Auditorium at 7pm. 

March 19: Spring 
Art Show reception at the Royal Atrium Inn from 5:30-7:30. Orchestra student ensembles will add ambiance to the evening while guests view the art gallery. 

February 23, Jukebox Jingles VII features orchestra ensembles playing "Dizzying Disney" tunes. A lite menu of gluten free, dairy free and Lenten options will delight your taste buds. DJ's entertain you as they line up the music which our guests purchase from the jukebox. This  a family -friendly night of great fun to support the orchestra program!

February 2: The Advanced String Chamber Ensemble performs with other top musicians at the Broadway Revue. This concert features the jazz band, wind ensemble, dancers,drama and orchestra students in a collage format! Tickets are sold to support the Norma Sneller Scholarship and Summer Scholarship Programs.

January 2018: Fifty-one students and 8 chaperones traveled to Walt Disney World to attend a WDW "You're Instrumental" Workshop and perform on the Waterside Stage in Disney Springs.

December 14 "LIGHT":  the Creekside and Cityside middle school students will perform music that depicts different variations of light. De Witt Auditorium 7pm

December 1 & 2: the Zeeland High School Orchestra performs for dancers at the Dance Concert. De Witt Auditorium 7pm.

Tues., November 7: Cityside Parent Teacher Conference performance schedule
Wed. November 8: Creekside Parent Teacher Conference performance schedule

Mrs. Ten Elshof will greet parents at these schools during Parent Teacher Conferences:
Tuesday at Cityside in the Performing Arts Room, 
Wednesday at Creekside in the Instrumental Room, and
Thursday at ZEHS in the Choir/Orchestra Room.

              Have you seen PAnorama, the Performing Arts newsletter?                                   
Take a look and enjoy the opportunities to see and hear the ZPS Performing Arts students in action!

October 13, 2017 Orchestra Update
CONGRATULATIONS to the Cityside 7th & 8th grade Orchestra (Monday night) to the 
High School Orchestra (Wednesday night) and to the Creekside 7th& 8th grade Orchestra start at 4:00 min. (Thursday night) for fabulous performances this week! And to our supportive audiences, THANK YOU for taking time to listen to these fine musicians! 

Reserve OCTOBER 27 to attend the Family Fun Night and Vendor Show. 
Tickets are available from the PA Office (748-3111) or from any HS Orchestra student. 
$5 students and seniors; $7 adults; $20 Family of 4 or more
October 6, 2017   Orchestra Update
A huge SHOUT OUT to the orchestra student's energetic performance at last night's concert!
AND..... a heart felt THANK YOU to our guests. 
Your support is essential to the education of these young musicians! 

October 9
Music Around the World
CITYSIDE 7th & 8th grade orchestra, 7th grade band and 8th grade choir. Click on 
this link for concert day details.
October 11
Be Our Guest
Zeeland High School Orchestra in concert with the high school choirs. We are collecting non-perishable food items for His Harvest Stand. We suggest one item per family. Click on 
this link for concert day details.
October 12
CREEKSIDE 7th & 8th grade orchestra, 7th grade band and choir. Click on 
 this link for concert day details.
   October 27

September, 2017   Orchestra Update
Each orchestra syllabus is posted in the side bar.
The student's assignments can be found under the assignments tab.
Individual Music Improvement Plan (iMip) forms are posted in the side Bar 
  Many students already share their musical talents with the community, others are encouraged to do so. This iMip gives credit to those who seek musical opportunities outside of the classroom.  The 7th & 8th grade students are to choose a plan to help them improve their musical abilities. This is assigned each semester.  The high school students are assigned this plan for each term (9 weeks). 

Eilie Telgenhoff is a senior.  In the photo she is playing at a retirement home with a dulcimer player. This experience enhances the lives of those who listen and helps Eilie improve her musical skills. Thanks for sharing, Eilie!

On Thursday morning, October 5, the orchestra students in grades 7 -12 will attend a clinic in the De Witt Auditorium led by The Moxie Strings.  The culmination of their work will be performed in the evening concert. The performance will also include student compositions that were written in the spring and completed this fall. Click on this link for concert day details.

The family-friendly concert is in the De Witt Auditorium (ZEHS) and will begin at 7pm. You are invited to attend this evening performance to see and hear the creative collaboration of the orchestra students as they present their application of music theory. Tickets are available by filling out the ticket order form  or by contacting Cathy Lugten at the Zeeland Performing Arts Box Office.

June 7, 2017 Orchestra news
Great memories ... 
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May 15, 2017 Orchestra News
Special thanks to Diane Felton Smith for this picture of the mass choir (100+ voices) and orchestra (50+ members) at "DAZZLE!" on Tuesday night! Four local high school musicians showcase their talent at this extravaganza. 
The large screen shows close ups of the bass section. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" traditionally ends this major performance.
Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, people on stage, concert, night, crowd and indoor 
May 2, 2017 Orchestra news...
1. The last two weeks have been filled with activity in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, the students are preparing for the 'Space' concert. Out of the classroom, the middle school students' performances added ambiance to the Spring Art show at the Royal Atrium Inn on Tuesday, April 25 and three selected ensembles played at the high school art event, 'Art te Leen', last night. Here are photos of these two events:

2. MONI Simeonov performed with the Holland Symphony last weekend. 
He made a special guest appearance at the Cityside 7th & 8th grade class on Thursday, April 27.  
 Moni Simeonov shared his talent and advice ... 
 Cityside 7th & 8th grade Orchestra playing  Momentum by Robert LongfieldImage may contain: 1 person, sitting and playing a musical instrument

 MORE Art te Leen pics, May 1P5010002.JPG Zeeland Extra Curricular Honors Orchestra (ZECHO)0501171724a.jpg
 ZHSO: Mckenna, Josie, Veronica, Mercy, Cora, Elijah, Will ZHSO:  Josie, Maleah, Dani, Graeme, Peter

April 21, 2017 Orchestra news...
1. KUDOS to the 2017 seniors for a wonderful performance at their Senior Recital. Since each student chooses their own music, it is always fun to see and hear their personalities! This year's recital was a smorgasbord of musical genres! Thank you!
2. THANK YOU also to those who contributed food, drink, supplies and willing hands to honor the seniors and their families.

3. The Spring ART SHOW reception is Tuesday night at the Royal Atrium Inn (300 Parkside Drive Zeeland MI 49464). The performance schedule is below. Please have your musician in performance attire (no blue jeans, sweat pants, running shorts, no rips, no holes, no faded spots, no frays ...). First impressions do matter and looking great will lend courage to playing well. Students should plan to arrive a half hour before they are scheduled to perform. They are excused after they have completed this assigned performance.

ART SHOW schedule April 25, 2017 Royal Atrium Inn 5:30 pm - 7:30
Creekside 6th grade; Creekside 7th & 8th grade; Cityside 6th grade; Cityside 7th & 8th grade


Alaina Erdman & Hannah You

Kennedi Van Order, Tessa VanderWall & Elise Jackson

Shea Willette & Sabine Cowen

Kaylee Boetsma

May Song, Allegro, Pierrot in the Moonlight


Allegro, Jazz in D

Brandenburg Concerto, Morning on the Potomac


Sheila Johnson

Matthew VanOtterloo, Tyler Van Otterloo & Rylee De Jonge

Dominik Mackety & Kian Limon

Paige Gregory, Makayla Dernberger, Laura Matthews &

        Nola Voskuil

The Snake Charmer

Can-Can, Allegro

May Song

Home on the Range


Lauren McCullough

Austin Cavadas, Kyla Gerstenkorn & Kelsi Van Order

Ashlyn David

The Two Grenadiers, Theme from “Witches’ Dance”?

Misty’s Waltz

March, Musette


Rebekah Bekius, Hunter Shoemaker & Lily Rapp

Maggie Hartman

Rebekah Dykema, Mariah Miller & Kate Xayasane

Oscar Walkes


May Song

Misty’s Waltz

Jazz in D, Perpetual Motion, Little Symphony


Seth Wolfgang

Olivia Bosman & Mai Beckman

Keaton Telgenhoff & Connall Pierson

Brynn Kasinger & Stephanie Vickers


In a Canoe, My Pretty Partner

Allegro, Can-Can

Country Scene


Jordan Wigginton

Corban Hauch & Jakob Gilleylen

Lauren Dalstra, Abbie Baumann, Aerolyn Posthumous &

         Annabelle Pederson

Evan Miller

Fur Elise

Anna Magdalena Minuet, The Hero Arrives

The Fox, The Wabash Cannonball

Yankee Doodle, Perpetual Motion


Riley Nienhuis

Christian Gilleylen & Jacob Gaynor

Noah Vandenbosch & Samson Huynh

Cierra Tyler & Liriel Wemus

Frere Jacques, Can-Can

Fun & Frolic, The Royal Coach

Anna Magdalena Minuet

Orchestra March, May Song


Rachel De Witt, Eilyanna Fuentes, Caleb Jones & Aiden King

Macey Smith & Molly Macina

Destinee Phonxana & Odette Phimmasane

Odette Phimmasane

Carson Branderhorst

Allegro, Bile’ Em Cabbage Down, Perpetual Motion

Mixed Finger Patterns, Theme from the “Surprise” Symphony, Turquoise Trail

Yankee Doodle, Theme from London Symphony

Amazing Grace

May Song, Allegro


Halle Roelofs

Ellie Martinie, Natalie Miller & Katelyn Sale

Meagan Fraley & Lucy Huynh

Kevin Moore, Jake Stokes, Ryan Working

Theme from Witches’ Dance, Musette & Minuet

Hungarian Dance No. 5, Combo Quartet, Old Joe Clark, Allegro

The Royal Coach, Fun & Frolic

The Royal Coach


Abigail Kornoelje, Ellie Roush, Fiona Boerman & Bekah Scholten

Nicholas Howard

Emily De Boer & Haylee McAndrews

Lauryn Antaya, Aliza Touch and Adriana Salinas

Flow Gently Sweet Afton, America

Snake Charmer, Jazz in D

The Clock Store

O Come Little Children


Gavin Frody & Emma Hakken

Aiden Sam & Jeffrey Rast

Noah Cook

Lindsey Peterson


Mysterious Forest, Can-Can

Mix and Match



Emma Arent, Lauren Broersma & Grace Caywood

Kelly Rosenau & Lindsey Peterson

Bianca Johnson & Lily Baker

Misty’s Waltz

Perpetual Motion, Jazz in D, At the Playground

April 14, 2107: two events on the horizon 
SENIOR RECITAL, April 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Lokers Auditorium.
A reception to honor the seniors will follow this recital. 
ART SHOW reception, April 25, 2017 at Royal Atrium Inn from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. A beautiful art gallery is prepared for you. Refreshments are served.

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
 Jukebox Jingles, "School 
of Rock", February 24, 2017
 final product: aMaze-ing!
 THANKS to all the hard workers and after hours of work, the the maze opened to the public. 
 one of 15 groups at Jukebox Jingles
 eager helpers at an order table
 Great food. 
Entertaining music. Supporting the young musicians. 
Paying it forward.

            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.
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.

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!
 The 'big ticket' item ($160 value)  

Jukebox Jingles FAQ’s

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 ~~
 ANgift certificates from these area businesses: Home Roller RinkVitales, Crazy HorseCurragh, Itty Bitty BarMeyer Music, Logan's Steakhouse, The Lost City, BrannsThai Avenue, Holland Peanut Store, Hungry Howie's, Salt and Pepper, Farmhouse Restaurant, Biggby CoffeePizza Hut, Big Apple BagelAMC theatres, KilwinsWolfie's, Vee's Coney IslandSalubrity Spa, Family FItnessHolland Community Aquatic Center, Georgetown Ice Center, Winding Creek Golf Club, Zeeland Vet ServiceVI pets, OK Tire StoreCD 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!!
       Road trip
 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."

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: 
(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 

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
7:15-7:30pm INTERMISSION
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.



"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

Rebekah Bekius

Ashlyn David

Meagan Fraley

Jakob Gilleylen

Lucia Huynh

Lili Rapp

Halle Roelofs

Hunter Shoemaker

Jordan Wigginton

Seth Wolfgang

Fiona Boerman

Lauren Dalstra

Rebekah Dykema

Gavin Frody

Paige Gregory

Aerolyn Posthumus

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  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 

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.

Thank you, event

coordinators, for this


FiddleStix at Generational

Wealth Management

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            

Memorial Services  


Dec. 15, 2016    7pm




Dec. 15, 2016

DeWitt Aud.        7:00pm 

featuring 'dream' pieces

from The Nutcracker

and other 'dream'

related selections: Aspire,

Believe, Conquistador, Dog

Dreams, Dreamcatcher,

Dream Dancing, 

A Midsummer

Night's Dream, Olympic 

Fanfare, A Pirate's

Dream, Serengeti

Dreams and more ...

Free Admission

Concert details:

The students will rehearse in the De Witt

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.

EVENING expectations:

1. Middle School students should arrive

by 6:15 in the ZEHS band room;

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

Teacher's Conferences.

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-

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

student musicians.


The evening concert 

included the debut

performance of the 6th

grade orchestra,

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

important musical

adventure. This

experience is vital to the

pursuit of excellence and

for the growth of the

orchestra program.

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!


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!


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 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-5pm616-493-8965), $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! 

After you have READ your student's orchestra SYLLABUS, PLEASE fill out the correct ORDER form. Thank you!


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!

Moxie Strings
Oct. 6, 2016

De Witt
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!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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

ii. Adagio

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

i. Lullabies

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

 Michigan chapter of the American String Teacher's Association (MASTA) String Camp.2016
MASTA BassFest - East 2016 go to EVENTS

 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,
Veronica, Emma, Dani, 
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!

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. 

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 
Orchestra (MSBOA)
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 ...edible arrangement?

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

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.

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.
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 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!

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
                                                                                                     Kelsi, Lily
5:40 Lauren, Addison                                                     Olivia, Lauren, Mai, Kyla
               Nate, Max                                                                  Aliza, Bianca, Brianna, Adriana
5:50 Christian, Jakob                                       6:40 Austin, Laurel, Gavin
               Phloy                                                                            Jonathan                                           
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
               Noah, Samson
               Nate Victor

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.

Raphael Jimenez leads the GVSU String Leadership Day
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

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 or on-line at
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.
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

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!
Congratulations Mercy!

 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                        
Music Matters: 
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?

 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!"

Concert Opportunities

Grand Rapids Symphony 
"Star Trek: Live in Concert, Oct. 17
see for tickets
Holland Symphony
"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.
          "FORE!" ~
 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.

oncert 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. 

ALUMNI can listen to the two pieces here: NEW MOON and JACOB'S THEME EXCERPT
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  Ticket information can be found here: Tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Fall Art Show reception, November 4, 2014
Every year the Zeeland Public School Art Department (K-12) 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 ability.
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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