Welcome!

Dear Highcrest Parents/Guardians and Students,

‪We are very excited to start the school year! This welcome letter contains information and dates for both 5th and 6th grade choir, orchestra, and band students. Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions!

We are looking forward to a great year of making music together!

Alex Blomarz, Ann Dufek, Mike Holden, Ethan Kohring, Anne McTighe, and Elisabeth Owens

5th GRADE

‪5th grade is an exciting year because it is the first opportunity for most students to sing in a choir or learn to play an instrument in the band or orchestra. Choir, orchestra, and band are extremely popular classes to take at Highcrest. Students can both sing in the choir AND play an instrument!

Music Presentations (August 30)

‪Our year begins with a presentation to all of the 5th grade students. This presentation is during the school day. Students will learn more about each ensemble and will be given an informational packet to take home. This informational packet will additionally be posted on the Music Department homepage.

5th Grade Curriculum Night

‪Please make sure to attend our presentation for parents!

Choosing an Instrument (September 3 through 13)

‪For band and orchestra, all students will have the opportunity to try several of the instruments. A schedule for when each homeroom will be attending will be in the informational packet sent home and posted online. Parents are welcome to attend with their child. To learn more about the instruments available and to hear listening examples, please click here.

How to Enroll in Choir, Orchestra, or Band

‪Students interested in enrolling in either choir, orchestra, or band will need to submit an enrollment form, which is available by clicking here. Completed forms can be returned to the bins outside of the music room. Forms should be returned by Tuesday, September 17.

5th Grade Choir Morning Rehearsals Begin (Monday, September 16)

All new 5th grade choir members will meet in the Highcrest Auditorium at 8:00 AM for rehearsal. Weekly rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. To learn more about the 5th grade choir program, click here.

5th Grade Band and Orchestra Technique Classes Begin (Week of September 23)

The first technique class schedule will be distributed on Friday, September 20. To learn more about technique classes and our overall program structure for beginning orchestra, clicking here. For beginning band, click here.

‪** Please note that 8:00 AM morning sectional rehearsals for 5th grade band and orchestra do not start until mid-October.

6th GRADE

‪Welcome back for another year of making music at Highcrest!

Informational Meeting (Wednesday, September 4)

‪All 6th graders enrolled in choir, orchestra, or band must attend this short informational meeting in the cafeteria during ‪homeroom after attendance and lunch counts. New students interested in joining any of these ensembles are also invited to attend.

6th Grade Band and Orchestra Ensemble Rehearsals Begin (Wednesday, September 11)

Band students will meet in the Music Room at 8:00 AM for rehearsal. Orchestra students will meet in the cafeteria at 8:00 AM for rehearsal. Students should bring their instrument and book. Band will rehearse regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Orchestra will rehearse regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wire Choir will rehearse on Mondays.

6th Grade Choir Morning Rehearsals Begin (Tuesday, September 17)

‪All returning and new 6th grade choir members will meet in the Highcrest Auditorium at 8:00 AM for rehearsal. Weekly rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

6th Grade Curriculum Night

‪Please make sure to attend our presentation for parents!

Band and Orchestra Technique Classes Begin (Week of September 23)

Technique class schedules will be distributed on Friday, September 20.