New Member Survey Due August 8: HERE (required for all new strings families)
August 13: Strings Camp (students only-information will be emailed to contact email from Q and above survey)
August 17: Orientation Meeting (Zoom link will be emailed to contact email from Q and above survey)
7 pm: Orchestra Overview (incoming families)
7:30 pm: Trip Overview (for all families)
8 pm: Returning Families Meeting
August 18: First Day of Class (NO INSTRUMENTS)
Functional instrument & bow (school instruments can be available for school-use only - fill out the Instrument Request Form by 8/18)
Shoulder rest (violin/viola)/cello stop (cello/bass)
Tuner (Amazon: "snark" or "Korg-CA1")
Extra set of strings (Amazon: "Prelude" or "Dominant")
Music stand (wire stand or any upright stand suited for at-home practice/community performances)
Contact Cyndi Hall at 661-212-8531 for instrument repair, purchase or rental needs.
If you need to apply for a school instrument, fill out this form HERE. Limited school instruments may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will depend on program need.
2021-2022 Orchestra Placement
All continuing students from middle school strings are automatically placed into String Orchestra.
Auditions for Concert Orchestra/Chamber Orchestra Honors are now closed (new transfers will need to contact Mrs Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition).
The Newbury Park High School Orchestra program is a burgeoning program that has become an integral part of the high school and within the community. Once on the verge of extinction, the program has gone from nine students to over fifty members and now offers four levels of orchestras. The String Orchestra has consistently earned Superior ratings at the Southern California Band and Orchestra Festival and received first place at the 2015 Heritage Festival in San Diego. The orchestra performed in California's very own Segerstorm Concert Hall in March 2017 as part of the prestigious Heritage Festival of Gold. The Acorn newspaper, in its most recent article, "Almost Silenced, NPHS Orchestra Experiences Rebirth." chronicles the program's historic comeback.
Mrs Tina Huang is an experienced string specialist and credentialed music teacher who is looking forward to her eighth year as the Orchestra Director at Newbury Park High School. She holds a Masters in Music Education (with orchestra emphasis) and Bachelors in Music Performance from Northwestern University. She also holds a Masters in Education from Columbia University. She has studied with Vladimir Zyskind, Anat Malkin and Dmitry Rachmanov, James Kjelland, author of the Strictly Strings series, Dr. Victor Yampolsky and Dr. Robert Hasty in conducting. She has adjudicated the Music Teacher’s National Association Concerto Competition for Southern California, Moorpark high School and School, Buena High School, and has coached for the California State in Northridge Youth Orchestra. Prior to moving to California, she subsequently taught at a number of prestigious Chicago high schools, including New Trier High School and Glenbrook South High School. Some of her performances include performance at Australia's Sydney Opera House, four years with the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Orchestras and the New York All-State Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being the concertmistress of her high school orchestra, Mrs Huang has participated in various symphonies at MSM and Northwestern. She is the founding Advisor for the NPHS Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society , teaches IB Music and Music Fundamentals and is the founding director of the strings program at the NPHS feeder, Sequoia Middle School. Her two lovely daughters can be spotted at various orchestra events.