Advanced Orchestra Information

The Advanced Orchestra is going on TOUR!

On Monday, April 30, all 6th grade band and orchestra students need to arrive at Slater Elementary School (8605 W. 23rd Ave. Lakewood, 80215) at 7:45AM. Parents are responsible for transportation to Slater at 7:45AM. Students rehearse and perform here first, and then travel to Eiber, South Lakewood, Belmar, and Glennon Heights Elementary Schools. Students eat a pizza lunch in the middle of the day, and will be dropped off at their home school after tour so that they can go home the way they usually do. Here is a schedule for the day:

7:45 AM Slater Arrival and Warm Up

8:30 AM Slater Performance

9:30 AM Eiber Performance

10:30 AM South Lakewood Performance

11:30 AM Belmar Performance

12:00 PM Belmar Lunch

1:00 PM Glennon Heights Performance

2:00 PM All Schools Students Returned by Bus

Student need to wear their Lakewood Area Music T-Shirt, black pants (or skirt that goes below the knee with leggings) black socks, and black shoes. Students should not wear shorts or jeans. Please help us look great by ensuring your child has the appropriate concert attire, and also remind them to bring their folding music stand.

Students must attend our rehearsal (6:45pm) and performance (7:15pm) at Creighton Middle School on Wednesday, April 25 to be eligible to participate in the tour. Additionally, students should be prepared for class each day leading up to tour. Too many days of forgotten instruments will lead to the student not being allowed to participate.

We are looking for a few parents to chaperone on tour! Parents will ride the bus with the students, help set up, tear down, and supervise students during the day. We also need a few parents to transport some orchestra instruments (cellos and basses) that won’t easily fit on the busses. Pizza lunch is provided for the chaperones. If you are interested and available to chaperone, please email either Mr. Holcombe (band) or Mrs. Ahn (orchestra) and let us know – we are VERY grateful for your help!

The fee to participate in the tour is $8, which pays for pizza and the buses for that day. If your student cannot eat pizza, they need to provide their own lunch and the fee is $6.

Permission slips are due on Friday, April 6th.

Please pay in cash (no change) or make checks out to South Lakewood Elementary.


Our final concert of the year will be on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Creighton Middle School at 7:30pm* (time change).

Advanced Orchestra students call time is at 6:45pm and should meet on the stage.

Concert Attire: Lakewood Music t-shirt, black pants, black shoes

Students should bring their instrument, rock stop, shoulder rest, folder with music, folding music stand.

Please make sure all of these items are labeled, especially the music stand.

Please mark your calendars!

For more concert dates, please see the Concert Dates page under the "More" tab.


Welcome to Advanced Orchestra! I am very excited to have you join us as we continue on your musical journey of learning how to play the violin, viola, cello and bass!

We will start off the year using your book from last year, Orchestra Expressions, Book 1. We will do some review before we move on to a new book. I will let you know when we are ready to move forward to purchase our next book, Sound Innovations Book 2.

Advanced orchestra meets 2 times a week at each school for half an hour. Every student is expected to attend every class (even if you forget your instrument!) with their instrument, shoulder rest for violin and viola, rock stop for cello and bass, binder, book, and pencil. Periodically students will be given messages to go home to parents with information about upcoming concerts and events.

Students are expected to practice 15 minutes a day, 6 days a week. This small amount of time repeated often is much more beneficial to the students that a larger amount of time once or twice a week. Please encourage your students to practice and invite them to play for you. It is most helpful to be positive and encouraging while helping them improve. Their practice space should be quiet and possible for them to focus. This is their homework for and expectation for orchestra.

Please take some time to read through the orange handbook that will be given to your child during the first week of class. If you would like to fill out the Family Information Form online, please do so here below.