Announcements

5/26/23 (sent via IC and Remind)


Good afternoon!  


I'm just wrapping things up here.  They are painting our school this summer, so everything got packed up/went into storage- next year will be a nice clean slate for decorating the orchestra room and my office, some of which was in desperate need of a refresh.  Just a few things...

Fall Concert: October 5 

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: October 7

All State Orchestra District Auditions: October 14

Winter Concert: December 7 

All State Orchestra Final Audition: January 13

Pre-LGPE Concert: February 8

LGPE window (dates/times TBA): February 14-16

All State Orchestra Event: Feb 29 - March 2

Spring Concert: April 18

Orchestra Banquet: April 25

Recital (piano, orchestra, guitar): May 7

Graduation window (date TBA): May 18-23

Co-President: Melissa Fiorillo

Co-President, Kim Malcolm
Co-Treasurer, Wanda Pelloni
Co-Treasurer, Leah Gamba

Vice President (Fundraising): Kristen Patterson

Vice President, Bhavani Shetty

Vice President, Genevieve Alexander

Secretary: Stacey Poehler


Have a safe and wonderful summer, everyone!  

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5/19/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

This is mostly what I sent previously, with clarification about attire and new info about bag checks and parking (plus a map).  

GRADUATION

Who is required to play? All students who have been placed in Sinfonia or Chamber for next year. 

What is the attire: Business casual/Sunday best...

YES: Dresses (appropriate for sitting up on stage), dress pants, long sleeved button down dress shirts, dress blouses with skirt/pants are all appropriate options.  Lighter colors are recommended, as it will be warm.  Ties optional (jackets not recommended). 

NO t-shirts, polos, other short sleeved-shirts, tennis/athletic shoes, jeans.   


When: Monday, May 22nd; plan to arrive by 5:15 to be in the designated area by 5:30 pm with instruments for sound check (We will need a setup crew closer to 5 pm); the ceremony should conclude around 9:30 pm.  You have to go through a security/bag check that will include your case.  

Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre- see below for parking/drop off details

Additional details: Outside food and drinks not allowed.  Water will be provided.  There will be one concession stand open early that performers can access.  Bring money, but I highly recommend eating something before arrival just in case.  There will be a moment near the beginning (after chorus sings) when orchestra members with graduating siblings can slip out the back and join their families- we’d like to have you still play up to that point, but tell me if that’s an issue.  


PARKING:

It would be in your best interest to carpool if possible.  

If driving yourself: All students will need to park in Lot C.

If being dropped off (recommended for larger instruments especially): Try to get at close to backstage as possible via the West Gate side.  Make sure they know you're dropping off only and are with the orchestra (students/parents cannot park over there).  


Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DnsLM3jzt5tBoxrWa7yvN7hi5N863Dg9/view?usp=share_link


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5/15/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Milton Orchestra parents,

It is time to vote in new members to our Milton Orchestra Booster Club Executive Board!  We have 1 volunteer/nominee for each available position, so this is a simple/quick approval process.  Please cast your vote here ahead of tonight's Executive Session at 7 pm:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAu1zShnnDxULz0YRzdnSguc2b3s72tmiWiU_hZwOEZ7CtKg/viewform?usp=sf_link


We have room for additional VP nominations, so let us know if you'd like to volunteer for a board position moving forward.  


A huge thanks to these nominees and returning members: 

Nominees:

Co-President: Melissa Fiorillo

Vice President (Fundraising): Kristen Patterson

Secretary: Stacey Poehler


Returning Members:

President, Kim Malcolm
Co-Treasurer, Wanda Pelloni
Co-Treasurer, Leah Gamba

Vice President, Bhavani Shetty

Vice President, Genevieve Alexander


The meeting invite was sent via Infinite Campus message. 

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5/10 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra Students and Parents,


Almost there!  It’s been a tremendous year- As we approach the end of the semester, here are a few reminders/wrap up items with a required form for students (including seniors) at the end.  


GRADUATION

Who is required to play? All students who have been placed in Sinfonia or Chamber for next year. 

What is the attire: Business casual/Sunday best; Dresses (appropriate for sitting up on stage), dress pants, long sleeved button down shirts, dress blouses are appropriate options.  NO t-shirts, polos, other short sleeved-shirts, tennis shoes, jeans.  Lighter colors are recommended, as it will be warm.  Ties optional (jackets not recommended).  

When: Monday, May 22nd; in the designated area by 5:30 pm with instruments for sound check (We will need a setup crew closer to 5 pm); the ceremony should conclude around 9:30 pm.  

Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre- details/map to come about correct drop off/pick up area for orchestra; carpooling recommended

Additional details: Outside food and drinks not allowed.  Water will be provided.  There will be one concession stand open early that performers can access.  Bring money, but I highly recommend eating something before arrival just in case.  There will be a moment near the beginning (after chorus sings) when orchestra members with graduating siblings can slip out the back and join their families- we’d like to have you still play up to that point, but tell me if that’s an issue.  


Booster Officers for next year/Annual Meeting for all: 

We have a general booster parent meeting (virtually) Monday, 5/15 at 7 pm to elect 2023-24 Orchestra Booster Officers.  There is a quorum for officer elections, so I’ll be sending that link to all orchestra parents closer to the meeting.  If you would like an opportunity to be involved as an Officer at the planning level and help shape things for next year, please let me know asap.  We have a strong returning group with several additional areas of need.  Time requirements include an approximately monthly meeting plus whatever tasks or committees you might be helping with.  


Instrument/tux returns:

If you have school concert attire or a school instrument, there is info about returns on the survey (below).  


Additional Atlanta Symphony Tickets giveaway: 

We’re giving away additional tickets to the 5/21 “Star Wars and More” concert at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre.  Students need to complete their orchestra wrap up survey (below) by Friday to qualify/register for the drawing.  


Concert videos:

https://www.youtube.com/miltonorchestra 

All of the videos from our Spring Concert are uploaded to YouTube (We are behind on previous videos going back several concerts.  This is one of several recurring tasks moving forward that could benefit from parent and/or student assistance).  


SURVEY:

All students (including seniors) must complete this quick orchestra form to wrap up the year!  Let me know if you need a paper version. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_7dlE2ohiYxC_507LR6Un895HmsRkLZY2d8nYos9tLhYjSA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

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4/19/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

CONCERT TOMORROW, Thursday, 4/20

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4/14/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good afternoon- 


We have a busy week (and month) coming up and could use parent help with several events (There will be a separate sign up soon for students that want volunteers hours for Solo and Ensemble on 4/22).  


Please see if there's anything you can do...

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4BA9AB2FA6FB6-april


Coming up!

Tuesday, 4/18 at 6 pm....Combined chamber music recital with Roswell HS.  We have about 12 solos/ensembles performing total.  Please come out and support them!  Refreshments for this are one of the volunteer items. 


Thursday, 4/20 at 7 pm....Spring Concert!  Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia will need to rehearse at 5 pm for the combined pieces.  This will be a great event, including recognizable movie themes and full orchestra with band students and a vocal soloist!


Saturday, 4/22: We are hosting GMEA Solo and Ensemble.  Several students are performing, and we could use several more to volunteer for service hours.  Sign up coming soon.  


Thursday, 4/27 at 6:30 pm: Orchestra Banquet!  Order forms went home this week and are due with payment Monday (I've attached one just in case).  We hope to see all students and families there! We also need some volunteers to assist with setup.  


Saturday, 4/29 at 7 pm: Prom- students who volunteered to play at the entrance will need transportation to and from Delta Flight Museum 1060 Delta Boulevard Hapeville, GA, 30354


Monday, 5/22: Graduation is at 7:30 pm and is a required major performance for all students (9th-11th) who placed in Sinfonia or Chamber for NEXT year.  We will need to arrive earlier- hopefully I'll have complete details soon.  


Have a great weekend!


Regards,

Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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3/31/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra Families,

Have a wonderful spring break!!

Regards,

Andrew​ Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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2/27/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

A few updates/upcoming events for everyone:

**Please complete by the end of the week (you don't have to know the piece yet, just whether or not you want to perform and who is in your group if applicable)**


Let me know if you have any questions!  The remainder of the message is Universal trip reminders...

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Trip:

I'll send out the full, detailed itinerary from Creative Group Tours through Remind tomorrow.  The most important update in there is that we load the bus at 11:30 am and depart at 12 pm on 3/10, so plan accordingly with teachers and assessments.  Plan to eat lunch at school before departing.  We stop for dinner en route and check in around 9 pm in Orlando.  Make sure you're bringing enough money for snacks, souvenirs, and one meal on your own each day (breakfasts are a buffet at the hotel, and your dining card at the park covers either lunch or dinner- I'll make sure you have details about how that works along with the itinerary).  

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2/17/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good morning Milton Orchestra students and parents,


I hope everyone is doing well and can look forward to some rest/catching up this weekend after a busy week. In case you have not heard yet, all three Milton orchestras earned straight Superior ratings ​at Large Group Performance Evaluation yesterday!  Superior is the highest rating that a group can receive, so this means that for Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Chamber Orchestra, all three performance judges and the sight reading judge gave the top rating possible.  I'm so proud of our students!  


Thank you to all of the students for your hard work before and during LGPE (plus excellent manners, flexibility, and behavior)!  I have never taken three groups in the same day to LGPE before, but with your cooperation and excellent hosting by North Atlanta HS, we had a successful event.  We could not have done it without our awesome chaperones: Tara Spolan, Leah Gamba, Stephanie Castleberry, Bret Hoskins, Trusha Patel, Krupa Patel, Ann Nath, Jackie Schwandt, and Kim Malcom.  Thank you!!  I'm so fortunate to teach in this wonderful community! 


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

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2/14/23 (sent via IC and Remind)


LARGE GROUP PERFORMANCE EVALUATION THURSDAY

**We need one more chaperone for Chamber Orchestra.  We can still take additional or backup chaperones for the other groups.  Verify your status or sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ba9ab2fa6fb6-lgpe#/


Please read these important directions for LGPE day.  A full itinerary has been sent previously.  There are no huge changes, but any adjusted times here supersede what was sent before (such as slightly earlier report times in some cases).   Thanks!  I’m looking forward to a great day!


Large Group Performance Evaluation at North Atlanta High School

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Travel by charter bus


IMPORTANT


SCHEDULE

Concert Orchestra: Report to orchestra room no later than 7:45 am to pack/load, already dressed in concert attire; bus departs 8:45

(7th period class plus Livia S) 


Sinfonia: Report to orchestra room at regular class time 9:18 to pack/load/change, eat 3rd lunch, and be back in room before 11:30- the bus departs at 11:40

(2nd period class plus Anoushka; Livia S and Sophi F will already be @ NAHS)


Chamber Orchestra: 11:30 dismissed from 3rd period to eat lunch and change; report to orchestra room before 12:44 ready to pack/load; bus departs at 1:45

(4th period class)


WHAT TO BRING

-Snacks and water (some students pre-ordered food to eat during break; Concert Orchestra see above about lunch)

-Money for concessions if available

-Instrument! Remember personal instruments if you said you were bringing a bass or cello

-Accessories- rock stops, rosin, shoulder rests, bows, strings, personal bass stools if particular (they will provide stools)

-Your music folder with all music/warmups (everyone, not just one stand partner)

-Correct concert attire

-Small backpack- you have to carry everything you bring from place to place, including your cases


RULES


Let me know via email or Remind if you have any questions about the day.  


CONCESSIONS PRE-ORDERS WERE PART OF THIS EMAIL/REMIND MESSAGE ATTACHMENT (please verify and plan accordingly)


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

cummingsas@fultonschools.org

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2/7/23 (sent via IC and Remind)


Hello Milton Orchestra Families,


SignUp Genius for Thursday’s concert:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0c4aaead2da3fb6-prelgpe


Ticket reservation link for Thursday’s concert: 

https://pretix.eu/miltonorchestra/PreLGPE2023/


Permission slips for LGPE 2/16 went home today. We still need chaperones in order to go! 


Pizza served at 6 pm for students this Thursday 2/9. Call time (dressed, tuned, ready to go) is 6:45. Concert begins at 7. 


Scroll through https://www.miltonorchestra.org/announcements for more details on these and more upcoming events! 


Thanks! 


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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2/4/23 (send via IC and Remind)

Good morning,


Please read for the following important info:


LGPE: 2/16 @ North Atlanta High School


Permission slips will come home Monday


LGPE Chaperones: Let me know if I have your info correct.  Mr. Cummings is departing with Concert and returning with Chamber. 


Concert: 8 am report (at least 2 more chaperones needed)

Stephanie Castleberry (driving van with additional equipment)

Tara Spolan 


Sinfonia: 9:18 am report (at least 1 more chaperone needed)

Ann Nath

Mellisa Fiorillo

Leah Gamba (returning with Chamber)


Chamber: 11:47 am report

Ellen Oneacre

Jacki Schwandt

Kim Malcom


ITINERARY

2/16/23: Destination- Large Group Performance Evaluation at North Atlanta High School (charter bus)

8:00 CONCERT ORCHESTRA (7th period) report straight to Orchestra Room in concert black attire to warm up/pack/load

8:45 Concert Orch departs MHS on Bus 1

10:25 Concert Orch warmup 

10:55 Concert Orch performance

11:25 Concert Orch sight reading

12:00 Concert Orch eat lunch at NAHS (pack lunch or pre-order from concessions)

12:30 Concert Orch leaves to return on Bus 1

1:30 Concert Orch arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


9:18 SINFONIA (2nd period) warmup/pack/load/change into concert black attire during regularly scheduled class time/Advisement

10:50 Sinfonia eat 3rd lunch and report back to orchestra room no later than 11:30

11:45 Sinfonia departs MHS on Bus 2

1:10 Sinfonia warmup

1:45 Sinfonia performance

2:10 Sinfonia sight reading

3:00 Sinfonia watches Alpharetta and Chattahoochee performances (subject to change)

(there’s a break between performances if you want to bring a snack/pre-order concession food)

4:50 Sinfonia leaves to return on Bus 2

5:50 Sinfonia arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


11:47 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (4th period) eat 4th lunch and be in orchestra room no later than 12:44 to warm up/pack/load/change into concert black attire

1:45 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (4th period) departs MHS on Bus 1

3:00 Chamber watches Alpharetta and Chattahoochee performances (subject to change)

(there’s a break between performances if you want to bring a snack/pre-order concession food)

4:20 Chamber warmup 

4:50 Chamber performance

5:40 Chamber sight reading

6:10 Chamber leaves to return on Bus 1

7:00 Chamber arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


PRE-LGPE CONCERT 2/9


No rehearsal prior to this concert

6 pm pizza served (let me know by end of Monday if you will not be eating with us so that we can reduce our standard order)

6:45 pm students should be individually tuned, dressed in concert black attire, and warmed up 

Ticket link and SignUp Genius for volunteers coming soon!

7 pm concert begins (MHS Auditorium)


*You can stop reading here if not attending the Universal trip*  Thanks! 


UNIVERSAL TRIP

All information about the trip will be communicated through a Remind group just for this event.  All parents and students please join asap and adjust settings so that you receive communications/notifications in the way that works best for you.  You’ll get the most customizable experience by creating an account and using the app or a browser.  


Please designate your name and “student” or “parent” status accurately.  We will also use Remind for in-park communication.  (emergency cell phone numbers will be given just in case of an app outage)


Remind Code: @28ef2h



Again, just let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

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1/30/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good evening,


Yesterday, I sent an email specifically about food pre-orders for LGPE.  Remember that those are due at 3:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) 1/31.  I cannot accept any late orders.  Scroll down to yesterday's message for details and a complete LGPE schedule: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/announcements .  One addition: Cheese will be the default pizza order.  I'll have a place to indicate during class tomorrow if you would rather have peperoni.  


Other reminders (many of these are follow ups to things discussed in class): 



Let me know if you have any questions- thanks!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

MHS Orchestras

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1/29/23 (sent via IC message and Remind)

Good afternoon- There's a more comprehensive newsletter coming, but this is specific to the food deadline for LGPE.  


Apologies for the quick turnaround needed on this, but all orders must be in by a hard deadline of 3:30 pm Tuesday 1/31.  Please look over the first draft of our LGPE itinerary below (subject to change- many moving parts as you can see) and determine whether or not you want to pre order food.  



Draft itinerary: (we also still need additional chaperones- those already signed up, I'll send more info soon)

Destination: Large Group Performance Evaluation at North Atlanta High School


2/16/23: Destination- Large Group Performance Evaluation at North Atlanta High School 


8:00 CONCERT ORCHESTRA (7th period) report straight to Orchestra Room to warm up/pack/load

8:45 Concert Orch departs MHS on Bus 1

10:25 Concert Orch warmup 

10:55 Concert Orch performance

11:25 Concert Orch sight reading

12:00 Concert Orch eat lunch at NAHS (pack lunch or pre-order from concessions)

12:30 Concert Orch leaves to return on Bus 1

1:30 Concert Orch arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


9:18 SINFONIA (2nd period) warmup/pack/load during regularly scheduled class time/Advisement

10:50 Sinfonia eat 3rd lunch and report back to orchestra room no later than 11:30

11:45 Sinfonia departs MHS on Bus 2

1:10 Sinfonia warmup

1:45 Sinfonia performance

2:10 Sinfonia sight reading

3:00 Sinfonia watches Alpharetta and Chattahoochee performances (subject to change)

(there’s a break between performances if you want to bring a snack/pre-order concession food)

4:50 Sinfonia leaves to return on Bus 2

5:50 Sinfonia arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


11:47 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (4th period) eat 4th lunch and be in orchestra room no later than 12:44 to warm up/pack/load

1:45 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (4th period) departs MHS on Bus 1

3:00 Chamber watches Alpharetta and Chattahoochee performances (subject to change)

(there’s a break between performances if you want to bring a snack/pre-order concession food)

4:20 Chamber warmup 

4:50 Chamber performance

5:40 Chamber sight reading

6:10 Chamber leaves to return on Bus 1

7:00 Chamber arrives back at MHS (time approximate)


Thanks!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton High School Orchestras

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1/13/23 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good afternoon,


Rehearsals are going well for LGPE- thanks for all the hard work, and keep practicing!  I want to remind you about our pre concert on the 9th and provide a rough outline of the schedule for 2/16, with some details still TBA.  


Pre-LGPE Concert: February 9th

7 pm at Milton High School 

Concert black attire


LGPE: Thursday, February 16th

North Atlanta High School- Transportation by charter bus

Concert black attire

All buses will be back by around 7 pm- I'm still confirming whether or not any earlier return bus runs will take place, as we are sharing buses due to all groups participating the same day.  


Concert Orchestra:

Depart MHS 8:45 am

Warmup: 10:25 am

Perform: 10:55 am

Sight Read: 11:25

Watch other performance(s)

Return TBD


Sinfonia:

Depart MHS: 11:30 am

Warmup: 1:15 pm

Perform: 1:45 pm

Sight Read: 2:15 pm

Watch other performance(s)

Return TBD


Chamber:

Depart MHS: 1:00 pm

Watch other performance(s)

Warmup: 4:20 pm

Perform: 4:50 pm

Sight Read: 5:20 pm

Return by approximately 7 pm


Thanks, and have a great weekend!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

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12/16/22 (sent via IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, Orchestra Families,


I might be biased, but I believe I am fortunate to teach the best student community at Milton!  Thank you for all of your hard work this semester.  It is a joy to work with you every day, and I appreciate your diverse interests, talents, and personalities.  I hope you feel a growing sense of community and are proud of two great concerts this semester plus all of the additional events/performances in which many of you participated.  We have an exciting spring semester coming up, but enjoy a wonderful break first!  


Just a few updates to wrap up + looking ahead…


All three groups perform Thursday February 16th at North Atlanta High School

Concert: 10:55 am, Sinfonia: 1:45 pm; Chamber: 4:50 pm

Students- Make sure this day is blocked off on your calendar!

Parents- We will need a small army of volunteers this day.  If there’s even the possibility that you’re available to help that day please respond right away (cummingsas@fultonschools.org) so I can begin planning logistics. 

There is a Chamber Orchestra and a multi-genre multi level Youth Orchestra: https://musicbytritone.com/orchestras

They also sponsor a new organization, the North Atlanta Young Musicians Association: https://nayma.org/ for high school music students.  NAYMA is having a Holiday Launch Party tonight at 8 pm.  If interested, send me a message and I’ll forward you the flier for that.  They encourage students from the same school ensembles to come in groups and check it out/meet students from other schools.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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12/2/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good afternoon,


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Just a few reminders:



Thanks!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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11/18/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra Families,

I hope everyone has a wonderful break and a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm thankful for all of you and this wonderful community!  Just a few quick reminders...

Regards,

Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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10/28/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good morning, Milton Orchestra families,


A few reminders and updates going into the weekend…



Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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10/21/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra Families,






Have a great weekend!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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10/12/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good afternoon,


I hope you're looking forward to the concert tomorrow!  A few reminders:

Thanks!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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10/8 (sent through IC)

Good evening,


I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  There may be a couple of additions as we fine tune our process for the first concert, but I wanted to get the volunteer link out to everyone.  Please check to see how you can help on Thursday: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aaead2da3fb6-fall


Additionally, families who have paid annual orchestra fees by this point get priority seating.  I'll email that link a few minutes after this, so receipt will give you confirmation that you are current (if not, pay here: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/payments).  Please contact me with any questions (cummingsas@fultonschools.org).  The link for the general public will be posted to https://www.miltonorchestra.org/tickets and social media next week, so reserve your seats by then!  Thank you for your support.  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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10/6/22 (sent through IC and Remind)

Good afternoon, 


Thank you- I'm looking forward to a great concert next week!  


Regards, 


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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9/30/2022: Bowling, Concert, Spring Trip, and All State (sent via IC and Remind)


Good afternoon,


Just a few Milton Orchestra updates before the weekend…



Remember to check https://www.miltonorchestra.org/calendar for up to date event information.  


Pay your orchestra fees, tux rental fees, and register for Fulton County Honor Orchestra auditions here: 

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/payments


Thanks!  Have a great weekend.


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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9/19/2022 (sent via Infinite Campus and Remind)

Good afternoon,



Thanks!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

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9/13/22 (Sent to 7th period via Infinite Campus)

Good morning,

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aaead2da3fb6-quartet


We need all of this by tomorrow morning at latest- preferably end of day today! 


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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9/2/22 (Sent via Infinite Campus message and Remind attachment)

I hope everyone is looking forward to the long weekend.  I am thrilled with our orchestra start this year- all three groups are making outstanding progress.  We also enjoyed a festive orchestra breakfast this morning organized by our Sinfonia leadership team!


If you need to catch up on anything, please review past announcements here any time: 

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/announcements

In addition to important onboarding info sent/posted previously (Remind, handbook, calendar, concert attire, SignupGenius, student form, parent form, and emergency contact form), here are some updates: 


Join us for a parent meeting at 7 pm Wednesday, September 7th in the orchestra room.  I’ll also send a link for those that need to attend remotely, but it would be great to see you/meet you in person!  We’ll offer a Q&A plus important info on volunteering, fundraising, upcoming events/trips, and more.  Most importantly, I believe it’s important that the orchestra parent community have opportunities to get to know one another, as it truly takes a village to give students the best possible experience.  Your booster executive board and other volunteers are already hard at work!


Round 1 is Oct. 15- details available on our website calendar and the GMEA site


Chamber Orchestra (and additional volunteers) will perform beginning at 7:15 am on September 9th for the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony on the MHS front lawn.  Attire is red, white, and/or blue, preferably Milton spirit wear.  You should be tuned and warmed up no later than 7 am in the orchestra room.  Setup crew (TBD) will need to arrive earlier.  



We typically have a small group play in the theatre lobby from approximately 6-7 pm for this Saturday event.  If you did not sign up yet on the board in class but are interested, please contact me asap.  Keep in mind that it is the same day as All State 1st round audition, so those students will probably not participate.  




Let me know if you have any questions.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and introducing our MHS Orchestra Booster Club officers Wednesday, September 7 at the parent meeting! 


Regards,

Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestras

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8/26/22 (Sent via Infinite Campus message and Remind link)

Good afternoon,


All three orchestras are off to a great start- While still focused on fundamentals right now, we've got about 60-70% of our fall concert music picked out and have started rehearsing.  We've also elected class managers, started leadership "Braintrust" meetings, and auditioned for section leaders in Concert Orchestra (Sinfonia and Chamber's are based on the spring audition).  Students have also suggested we have an orchestra breakfast next Friday, so we'll get a food signup sent out asap! 


Please save the date for our beginning of year parent meeting at 7 pm on September 7th.  Details to come.  I know we're a little late announcing due to the booster transitions mentioned previously (your booster board is hard at work already).  Also, if you've not completed any of the items announced below from 8/15, now would be a great time to finish (You don't want to wait too long to order concert attire or complete emergency contact info).  Thanks to all who are up to date!  


Have a great weekend!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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8/15/22 (Sent via Infinite Campus message)


Welcome to Milton Orchestra's 2022-23 season!  We're excited to announce that our Orchestra Booster Club recently incorporated into a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Due to the timing of this transition, a few important items are on hold for another week or two (including any collection of membership fees or donations). 

This is a big year for us, and we'll need the full support of the parent community to grow our Booster Club into an entity that can keep up with our expanding program!

Here's what to do NOW:

Step 1: Review the Milton Orchestra Handbook (orchestra-specific items begin page 4)

Step 2: Order or double check student Concert Attire

Step 3: Volunteer with SignUpGenius

Step 4: Complete the Student Registration Form

Step 5: Complete the Parent Registration Form AND Emergency Contact Form

Here's what you can do SOON (we'll send an announcement in the next week or two):

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8/8/22 (Sent via Infinite Campus message)

Good evening,


It was great to welcome everyone back to orchestra and meet our 9th graders! 


A few items from today: 

To join: 


2nd Period (Sinfonia)

Text code @miltonsinf to the number 81010     

OR

Visit https://www.remind.com/join/miltonsinf


4th Period (Chamber)

Text code @miltoncham to the number 81010     

OR

Visit https://www.remind.com/join/miltoncham


7th Period (Concert)

Text code @miltonconc to the number 81010     

OR

Visit https://www.remind.com/join/miltonconc

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3/30/22

Concert: Reminder that our concert is Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm (MHS Auditorium).  Required rehearsal at 5 pm and pizza at 6 pm for all orchestras.  This is largely a pops concert, so you’ll hear a lot of recognizable pieces and film scores, including some full orchestra (with winds and percussion)!  The ticket site for seat reservations will be up after spring break. 

 

Banquet: Here is the order form for our banquet at Atlanta National Golf Club Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm.  Banquet Form 2022 We look forward to celebrating with you!  Please return the form with payment no later than Tuesday, April 12.  Copies of the form are also going home tomorrow (7th period got theirs today).  We’re also collecting photos for our slideshow.  If you have any good ones- especially informal ones from various events- please email Mr. Cummings the photos or a link. 

 

Volunteer needed: If you have experience with Microsoft Publisher, we could really use your help with our spring concert program, which is more involved than others because of senior recognition.  We have the template, but our previous parent helpers on this have all “graduated.”  Please contact Mr. Cummings asap if willing to help. 

 

Grades: Check for any Missing (M) or Zero (0) assignments in Infinite Campus.  All “M”s are in the process of being converted to zeros if they haven’t been already, but you still need to make them up.  Click on the assignment in IC for make up details. 

 

Lettering: Students interested in lettering should complete and turn in the form at the end of the orchestra handbook no later than April 12.  https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/handbook

 


------------The remaining information is all related to various summer music camps not affiliated with Milton Orchestra-----------

 

Summer Music Camps and Opportunities: Here are several summer programs that have sent me information so far.  I encourage you to participate in something like this if you are able.  Contact/websites for most are listed below.  If you have questions about which seems most appropriate for your level, let me know or reach out to them directly.  This list is by no means comprehensive- there are many great summer music activities to help you grow as a player. 

 

UPBEAT STRING CAMP: https://www.upbeatstringcamp.com/

Upbeat! is a string camp for students entering middle school through high school seniors. Younger students are welcome as long as they are able to read music proficiently. Students who are more advanced or are in high school will be placed in the Upbeat! Academy. The Academy focuses on higher-level study for the most advanced and mature musicians.

 

GEORGIA ASTA CAMP: https://www.georgiaastacamp.com/application

If you, your students, and/or your students’ parents have any questions, please email georgiaastacamp@gmail.com.

 

GEORGIA STATE:

Designed for middle and high school students with at least two years of musical study, the inaugural Summer Music Institute (June 20-24) is an intensive one-week day camp for students with previous orchestra or choir experience.  Select either the orchestral or choral track and advance your musical training through world-class instruction from our Institute conductors, in-depth study with our Special Topics instructors, and thrive on Georgia State’s campus in downtown Atlanta.

 Join Mr. Young Kim, Prof. Emory Clements, a Prof. Tania Maxwell-Clements for the Orchestra Track and Dr. Deanna Joseph & Dr. Jennifer Sengin for the Choir Track.

 

MYSO: https://www.mysoatlanta.org/

In collaboration with the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education, MYSO will be offering a free summer workshop for MYSO students and any prospective students! We are offering workshops including chamber ensembles, full ensembles, and private lessons with students (depending on overall registration numbers). 

All orchestral instruments are welcome and encouraged to attend. Grades 6-12. 

The free workshop will be held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College. Faculty will be great teachers from Georgia State, Woodward Academy, and of course - Mr. Rieke and Dr. Hudnall. 

Please forward to teachers in your districts so that students can take advantage of this opportunity. 

To register: https://forms.gle/UVmmDk62J5p2eZVP7

 

UGA:

UGA Summer Music Camp

June 5-9

UGA's Summer Music Camp is an intensive five-day musical experience that offers students a place to grow musically in a fun and exciting learning environment. Summer Music Campers attend academic classes that address important areas of musicianship, music history, and music theory. Campers also attend instrument-specific masterclasses under the direction of the acclaimed faculty of UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Band, orchestra, and chorus students rehearse and perform in the appropriate large ensembles, while piano students focus on performance practice and the standard literature of their instrument. In addition, Summer Music Campers have ample opportunity to socialize, develop relationships with other young musicians, and experience life on a great university campus.  Concentrations include orchestra, band, chorus, piano, and jazz band. No audition is required for admission; high school students (rising 9th grade and up) will take part in placement auditions held on the first day of camp.


Music Camp Tuition: 


UGA Summer Music Institute

June 5-9

UGA's Summer Music Institute boasts a performance-intensive curriculum serving advanced students who are seriously considering music as a major area of study in college. In addition to large ensemble rehearsals and performance, all participants will perform in a chamber ensemble, and choose one elective course for the week. Courses offered in the past have included music history, arranging, music theory, composition, music technology, and conducting. Concentrations include band, chorus, orchestra, and piano.


An audition is required. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be considered for the experience following an audition submission and recommendation letter by April 15th. 

 

Music Institute Tuition: 

For More Information: UGA Summer Music Institute

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Updates 2/8/22


PRE LGPE (this Thursday @ MHS)


LGPE (next Mon-Wed @ Roswell HS)


SPRING TRIP

Finally, I’d like to address the potential spring trip.  Disappointingly for those involved, it does not appear that we have enough interest to move forward with final arrangements unless we can get 10-15 new sign ups by the end of this week. Before I offer some background and explanation, here’s what I need at the moment:


Remember- this is the opportunity to visit a major university campus, interact with the faculty, and travel with your friends!  It’s been over two years since we have been able to offer a spring trip. Please email me by the end of the week if you have a new interest in this event.


Revised itinerary/pricing: Wednesday departure to Tallahassee after school (3/30), workshop with world-class Florida State University College of Music faculty, campus tour, local sightseeing (3/31), Wild Adventures (or possible change to Wakulla Spring/Beach depending on group interest) and return home in evening (4/1).  We will move forward if we have enough people to make a functioning ensemble and keep the cost under 350.00 per student.  


*Andrea Cruz, Carolina Millan, Connor Oneacre, Danielle Najarian (workshop portion only), Gabrielle Fletcher, Jordan Hayworth, Joshua Yang, Kaitlin Ros, Kayla Ros, Kimberly Nicole Ramirez , Marcella Russo, Muskaan Harjani, Olivia Taylor , Ritika Kundur, Rohith Acharya, Sean Rasmituth , Sharvesh Sankar , Sophia Fiorillo, Sophia Fletcher, Teddy Sambol , Thomas Gamba, Truman Pou


OPTIONAL READING for parents and call for future assistance: "Trips of past, present, and future"

Given the fact that, just like our seniors, I’ve only experienced one fully “normal” (pre-pandemic) year at Milton, I’m seeking to understand how we can better facilitate travel for our orchestras in the future. This will take some buy-in and collaboration from the parent/student community.  I really believe in these kinds of trips as a way for students to grow/bond as ensembles and to increase long-term interest in the program. I feel that I should provide some background to all of this for those interested, in case there are individuals who could work with me on future options for our program. 


The 2018-19 school year was the last time we were able to take a spring trip, which was a highly successful Universal Studios soundstage event.  Even that year, despite initial high interest and a trip that turned out to be a lot of fun/well-organized by the travel company, we barely had enough eventual commitments to create an ensemble and meet our financial requirements. 


During 2019-20 our trip to Vanderbilt was canceled late in the process due to the pandemic/shutdown.  We did not even try to plan a trip for 2020-21 for obvious reasons.  This year, we again had high initial interest in the Tallahassee trip (which easily won out over Disney in our survey), but commitments have been far lower than that initial data indicated.  


Our program has experienced considerable growth over the past four years and new levels of recognition for our achievements at the state level; however, we are still relatively small and will likely need to generate greater enthusiasm for trips (50% + of students), more fundraising, and/or creative thinking such as combining with other groups in order to travel effectively.  For comparison- if we were twice our current size, which many programs are, we’d easily fill a bus/form an orchestra from the same percentage of students we have signed up for the current trip.  


Again, I really believe travel can be an important and memorable part of a music program- all of my past experiences as both a music student and a music teacher reinforce this.  If you have any suggestions or would be interested in joining a booster club committee dedicated to planning and executing future trips, please reach out to me.  Thanks!  


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2/3/22

Good afternoon- First, congratulations to the Milton Chamber Orchestra on a wonderful and well-received performance at GMEA in Athens last weekend.  They were outstanding and represented our school well in Milton Orchestra's first GMEA appearance (2 high school programs from the state are chosen each year through recorded submissions).   

Here's the link to recordings.  Video will be available later (after LGPE).  Enjoy!  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Yyt4aAq_nco0LbLfoMvgUS7PxRao90ck?usp=sharing

Upcoming events/requests:

CONCERT Orchestra- Monday, 2/14 at Roswell HS- Charter bus

Load bus: 2:00 PM

Warmup: 3:35 PM

Perform: 4:05 PM

Sight Read: 4:35 PM - 5:05 PM

Return to MHS by 6 PM


CHAMBER- Tuesday, 2/15 at Roswell HS- Parents/students responsible for individual transportation

Arrive no later than 4:30 PM

Warmup: 4:55 PM

Perf.: 5:25 PM

Sight Read: 6:10 PM - 6:40 PM

Done by 7 PM


SINFONIA- Wednesday, 2/16 at Roswell HS- Charter bus

Load bus: 2:40 PM

Warmup: 4:10 PM

Perf.: 4:40 PM

Sight Read: 5:25 PM - 5:55 PM

Return to MHS by 6:30 PM


Thanks!  Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.  

Regards,

Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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12/3/21

Good evening, orchestra families,


Lots of info below and several responses requested!  Let me know (cummingsas@fultonschools.org) if you have any questions or if I missed any necessary details here...  


What you’ll find in this newsletter: 

Winter Concert info

Fundraiser update and deadline/goal to make Mr. Cummings play “Careless Whisper” in the atrium

Spring Trip commitment and deposit

Orchestra Holiday Party RSVP

Chamber Orchestra upcoming events/rehearsals


WINTER CONCERT: Wednesday, December 8th at 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium

We look forward to seeing you there for a festive evening of music!  Our concert schedule will be similar to last time.


Reserve seats here (Required, but admission is free): https://pretix.eu/miltonorchestra/Winter2021/

Volunteer to help with our concert here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949abad2bab9-orchestra1


Who: All Milton Orchestra students

What: Milton Orchestra Winter Concert

When: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Where: Milton HS Auditorium

5-6 pm: Combined rehearsal in theatre (all three orchestras)

6 pm: Pizza served for performers (bring your own drinks/containers or use vending machines)

TBD- Chamber Orchestra photo for GMEA program

7 pm: Concert begins


Students must be present for the entire rehearsal and concert to receive full credit (major performance grade)

Order: Concert Orchestra (other orchestras in audience)

Sinfonia (other orchestras in audience)

Chamber Orchestra (other orchestras in audience)

Combined Orchestras


Concert attire reminder:

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/attire


FUNDRAISER

We have just ONE week to go with our fundraiser (ends 12/10)!  With only 30% of orchestra students having either made a sale or collected a donation, we have raised $1,384.12.  We can attribute the lagging participation to it being our first time with this process, but it’s not too late!  

To participate go to/share this link: https://www.boonsupply.com/1205086


A fantastic goal would be to hit $3,000- highly achievable given how many people haven’t yet participated at all (As an added bonus to the rewards, if we can hit that amount Mr. Cummings will play the “Careless Whisper” saxophone solo in the atrium one morning as students are arriving).  


Rewards are based on the sale amount, which means donations are actually worth more than double towards rewards because we count those as the profit amount (we get 40% of sales through Boon Supply).  Don’t forget to ask businesses such as places you take private lessons or purchase/rent instruments.  


Donations

Cash or check to Milton High School- Must be received no later than our concert day December 8th due to a hard cut off by Fulton County Schools (they are switching to a new platform during the break and everything will be shut down until January).  This must be accompanied by a letter stating it is a “donation for the Milton HS Orchestra, to be used for general program needs, equipment, and/or events.”  Sorry that we are unable to accept donations to the school through the online (OSP) platform at this time.  


If you have registered with Boon Supply, you can track your sales through their website (doesn’t include donations).  Here is where we stand as of the morning of 12/3.  If you feel there’s been an error, reach out to Mr. Cummings.  Buyers need to enter the student’s name at checkout to ensure you get credit.  


Tier 2 Reward

Malcom, Ella Grace* ; Sambol, Teddy; Pou, Truman; Kellis, Drew; Hessel, Abigail; Shah, Karina


Tier 1 Reward

Spolan, Livia; Fiorillo, Sophia; Godfrey, Jade; Shetty, Shreya; Szabo, Isabella; Pelloni, Nicholas; Perera, Nikhil; Russo, Marcella; Sringeri, Esha


Participated but haven’t reached first reward yet

Mazzotta, Ava; Yang, Joshua; Ros, Kaitlin; Nightingale, Max; Shelley, Anna; Ros, Kayla; Harjani, Muskaan; Rasmituth, Sean; Rasmituth, Eric; Song, Emily


Sale Amount/Student Reward:

1: $100-199: $5 Starbucks card

2: $200-399: $15 Amazon card

3: $400-799: $40 choice of Amazon or Target gift card

4: $800 or more: $75 choice of Amazon or Target gift card

5: Top Seller Award: $100 choice of Amazon, Target, or Visa gift card


* = Currently in first place


SPRING TRIP COMMITMENTS/DEPOSITS

Tallahassee/Florida State University/Wild Adventures, March 30-April 2

Hotel (3 nights): Students 3-4/room; Chaperones 2/room

Marriott Courtyard or Fairfield Tallahassee Downtown/Capitol (tentative)

Transportation- Buckhead Charter bus

Estimated cost (based on estimated 36 student travelers) up to $400 per student not including meals

More travelers = lower per student cost; If the boosters end up with a surplus for the trip, that can be used towards lower per student cost and/or meals.  If we fall short of our projected number of travelers, the decision could be made to cancel the trip and refund deposits.  



https://forms.gle/oe1FjbsG6veT5qA68


Schedule


*Notes regarding the trip- It is possible a parent might want to “check out” their student at the end of the trip to continue with spring break plans.  With the proper permissions, this could be possible.  Please contact Mr. Cummings individually.  

*This trip will overlap with the chorus trip, so students involved in both will have to choose one or the other


ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY PARTY (and chaperones)

Our student leadership team has been putting together a holiday pot-luck style get-together for all three orchestras featuring games and a movie.  We’ll be using the MHS cafeteria from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, December 10th.  

RSVP here as soon as possible so that we can estimate how much food people should bring; also complete this if you are a parent who can help supervise students!

https://forms.gle/rcKdSECXeDRtt6rB6  


If you plan to eat anything, sign up to bring food here.  The more the merrier! (student leadership- we’ll possibly need to expand the number of slots depending on projected numbers): 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a8a72ca0f8c07-holiday


CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Keep an eye out for a separate email before the end of semester regarding GMEA itinerary for January (overnight 1/28-1/29).  


Chamber students will have a required GMEA rehearsal during our final exam block on December 17 from 8:20 to 10:15 am.  There will be additional after school rehearsals (2) in January to accommodate guest clinicians- schedule coming soon.  


Our Pre-GMEA Concert is January 19th at 9 am in the MHS Auditorium


Thanks, everyone! 


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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11/19/21

Good afternoon,


Most importantly, have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!  I hope that you are able to get what you need from this time, whether that is rest, family time, travel, staying home, or catching up/catching your breath.  I know that for me it's a combination of several.  I am thankful for each and every one of you, and it has truly been a joy to work and make music with you/your students so far this year!


I thought a few reminders might be helpful before we go into the break...


1. Our Winter/Holiday Concert is right around the corner- 7 pm on Wednesday, December 8th.  The schedule will look very similar to the last one, but performance order will be Concert, Sinfonia, Chamber, Combined Orchestras.  As with last time, there will be a brief combined rehearsal prior to food being served for performers.  Volunteer list will be forthcoming.  


2. Our Boon Supply fundraiser goes until 12/10.  Use this link to register and share: https://www.boonsupply.com/1205086 to earn rewards (details sent out previously).  Also, regardless of sales, every student completing the Boost 10 challenge (using the form at the website to send emails) earns their lettering points for the fundraising category.  We've raised about $1,000 so far, but that's with only a relatively small fraction of our students/parents actively sharing and promoting.  It will add up quickly if everyone does it!  If opting for a cash/check donation to Milton High School, please include a letter stating that it is for "Milton HS Orchestra program needs and activities."  


3. We are moving forward with plans for our Tallahassee/Florida State workshop trip.  University facilities/clinicians have already been reserved, and we should be able to collect deposits upon return from Thanksgiving Break.  Keep the dates open for up to 3 nights between March 30 and April 3, which includes plenty of recreation/sight seeing.  If you're a parent willing to help with the preparations/logistics for this, please reach contact Mr. Cummings directly.  We're looking forward to providing this opportunity for students, and more information will be coming very soon!  


4. Our student leadership team is putting together a holiday party/potluck- keep an eye out for that date.  


5. Chamber Orchestra GMEA preview concert is 1/19 at 9 am at MHS and we leave for Athens on 1/28 to perform 1/29 at 8:45 am in the Classic Center.  We're staying at the Graduate Athens hotel and traveling by charter bus.  Keep an eye out for trip details specifically for Chamber, and let me know if you want to chaperone- we may still need a couple of parents.  


Thanks for your support of everything we do here for orchestra students.  Wishing you a wonderful beak!  


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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11/4/21

Good morning!  We have rewards announced below to encourage registration and sharing of our Boon Supply Fundraiser!  It's easy- go to https://boonsupply.com/1205086 and click "register here" to track your orders.  Share the same link to get others to buy items, and 40% of the price goes to Milton Orchestra.  Buyers will have the option to enter a student name at checkout- that's how you get your reward! 


Ideas for sharing- Now is the perfect time!  Parents and students please use social media to share our link (https://www.boonsupply.com/1205086) and try Boon Supply's Boost10 to add email addresses: https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/614577-milton-high-school-orchestra?boost10


*We will also accept direct donations on behalf of a student, which count towards rewards.  Contact Mr. Cummings for more information: cummingsas@fultonschools.org 


Sale Amount/Student Reward

$100-199: $5 Starbucks card

$200-399: $15 Amazon card

$400-799: $40 choice of Amazon or Target gift card

$800 or more: $75 choice of Amazon or Target gift card

Top Seller Award: $100 choice of Amazon, Target, or Visa gift card


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11/1/21

As you know, we had originally planned to participate in a workshop at Disney World this spring.  Costs from transportation to lodging are extremely high right now, and we are not a large organization (group size has a big impact on cost).  While not ruled out entirely, the overall per student costs have so far not met any reasonable goal in the quotes we have received, and time is running out to effectively plan our trip.  Knowing that trips are an major part of the high school ensemble experience for so many students, the booster executive board and I have brainstormed alternate ideas, including a potential workshop with the string/conducting faculty at my alma mater, Florida State University in Tallahassee.  There are some fun (and more cost-effective) activities that we could add to the itinerary, and I'm including a sample below.  

Because we don't have data since our Universal trip three years ago and will be planning everything through the orchestra boosters (not a tour company), it is essential that we get an accurate assessment of interest.  This will determine how/if we move forward with planning and collecting deposits over the next couple of weeks.  PARENTS ONLY- Please complete the following very brief survey below (even if not interested in a trip) by the end of tomorrow, 11/2 (Tuesday).  


Survey Link (Google Form)  PLEASE COMPLETE BY END OF DAY 11/2

Number ranges are based on 30 students and 4 chaperones, although costs could go down if we have a larger number of students.  There are 2 price ranges for each trip type- I assure you that we will aim for the lowest possible, but we need to know as much as we can about your potential participation.  If we don't hit at least 30 students interested for any trip listed, it will automatically be ruled out.  


SAMPLE: Orlando/Disney trip

3/31 Depart early morning; Arrive Walt Disney World; Spend remainder of day at park

4/1   Park Day

4/2   Soundstage (film scoring) orchestra workshop at Disney; Remainder of day at park

4/3   Check out and return home


SAMPLE: Tallahassee/FSU/Wild Adventures trip

3/31- Depart for Tallahassee; attend Florida State University Philharmonia Orchestra concert in evening (with a pre-concert talk for us by the staff)

4/1-  Orchestra workshop/masterclass with FSU string/conducting faculty; campus tour; visit Wakulla Springs or the beach

4/2-  Depart Tallahassee and spend the day at Wild Adventures theme park (Valdosta)

4/3-  Return to Milton


Remember to complete the survey listed above, and thanks!  


Regards, 


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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10/24/21

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra!  A few announcements/updates to start the week: 


1. Congratulations on an outstanding 100th Anniversary Celebration performance!  I thought both orchestras (Combined and Chamber) played even better than in our fall concert.  Well done!


2. Order Milton Orchestra spirit wear through October 31st only!  All should arrive (either shipped to you for a fee or to school for free) before Thanksgiving break.  Pay directly through Custom Ink.  We must meet the minimum order for each design, or that order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded. 


3. We are kicking off our fundraiser this week!  There will be more details released throughout the week, including announcements about goals and student prizes.  


4. Congratulations to the following students who either passed the 1st (district) round of All State auditions or were exempt based on last year’s results!  To my knowledge, this is a record number of students for Milton Orchestra...


Rohith Acharya, violin, 11th grade

Thomas Gamba, bass, 10th

Nicole Johnson, cello, 9th

Henry Leeman, violin, 12th

Ella Grace Malcom, violin, 10th

Yousuf Mirza, violin, 10th

Danielle Najarian, violin, 12th

Connor Oneacre, bass, 10th

Varsha Ram, violin, 9th

Kaitlin Ros, bass, 10th

Dennis Smallwood, bass, 12th

Evan Smallwood, bass, 12th

Hannah Smallwood, viola, 11th

Esha Sringeri, viola, 12th


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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10/19/21

Good evening,


First, congratulations on our concert last week!  I'm immensely proud of what these students have been able to accomplish so far this year.  We couldn't have done it without their hard work and all of our outstanding leaders, volunteers, and parental support.  


This Saturday, October 23rd is Milton High School's 100th Anniversary celebration event.  Orchestra has a performance time of 1:40 pm.  Call time is 1:20, which is only enough time to tune and go on stage in an orderly fashion, so be on time!  Here are the details:


I sent the full schedule of events via email/Remind if you are interested in what else is happening that day.  Thanks!  Let me know if you have any questions.  


Regards, 


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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10/11/21

Good afternoon- Here is the link to reserve tickets (free admission) for Thursday's concert.  It's a very quick process- you'll be asked to provide an email address.  If seats remain on concert night, anyone arriving without a reservation will still be required to scan/reserve a spot at the door.  Also, please remember that masks are required in the building per FCS policy.  Don't delay, orchestra families, as this message will go out to a wider audience beginning Tuesday.  Performers do not need seats- they have their own reserved section.  Thanks!  

https://pretix.eu/miltonorchestra/Fall2021/

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10/8/21

Update: If you missed the Signup Genius from our Milton Orchestra Booster Club, please check for the remaining spots to help out with concert week.  Thanks to the volunteers we already have signed up! (If you haven't seen this already, you may not be on our booster list, so send me your info to sign up!) 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949abad2bab9-orchestra

Everyone bring cash for $1 concessions and the 50/50 raffle to support our program! 

*Regarding concessions- There is a volunteer spot for donating individually wrapped baked goods to sell.  We can also use bottled water, snack packs (chips, etc), or other treats (if you might be making a Costco run this weekend)!  Even if the signup spots fill up, these always go to good use either as concessions or at student social events if we have surplus.  

If you missed the newsletter yesterday, see below.  There will be one more message coming soon with the ticket reservation link (reservation required, but admission is free).  Thanks! 

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10/7/21: Newsletter (Fall Concert Edition)


Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra students and parents,


We’re exactly one week away from our Fall Concert!  Details below, as well as info about All State, Honor Orchestra, our 100th anniversary performance, and more...


CONCERT DAY DETAILS

Who: All Milton Orchestra students

What: Milton Orchestra Fall Concert

When: Thursday, October 14, 2021

5-6 pm: Combined rehearsal in theatre (all three orchestras)

6 pm: Pizza served for performers (bring your own drinks/containers or use vending machines)

7 pm: Concert begins

Students must be present for the entire rehearsal and concert to receive full credit (major performance grade)

Order: Chamber Orchestra (other orchestras in audience)

Sinfonia (other orchestras in audience)

Concert Orchestra (other orchestras in audience)

Combined Orchestras

Where: Milton HS Auditorium


Please come support Milton Orchestra!  


CONCERT ATTIRE

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/attire


T-SHIRTS

If you paid the orchestra fee by the t-shirt deadline, they should be delivered to the school the day before the concert.  The goal is for everyone to wear their orchestra shirts on concert day!


VOLUNTEERS

We still need some parent volunteers for concert day.  A Signup Genius will be coming out soon from our Orchestra Boosters.  


100th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE

Milton Orchestra is scheduled to perform from 1:40 to 2:05 pm on Saturday, October 23rd.  

This is required for all students and has been on the calendar since the beginning of the year (exact performance times came out this week).  Attire will be concert black- same as concerts.  


ALL STATE AUDITIONS

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19vyEoIi9LDoLR3sf9C_ri9TdFWwsvmlw/view?usp=sharing


FULTON COUNTY HONOR ORCHESTRA

Deadline tomorrow, 10/8 to pay registration fee on OSP if interested.  

Fulton County Honor Orchestra:

Fee: $25 (OSP or check to Milton High School)

Deadline to register (by making payment): October 8th

Event info: https://sites.google.com/view/fultoncountyhshonorevent/home

Audition info: https://sites.google.com/view/fultoncountyhshonorevent/about/audition-info


UPCOMING EVENTS

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/calendar


Thanks, everyone.  I’m looking forward to a great concert.  Take your instruments home Friday and enjoy the long weekend!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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9/8/21

Thanks to a successful and quick volunteer sign up earlier today, we can move forward with the students' Movie Night plan for Friday.  Details below.  


VOLUNTEERS

There are still a few open slots on our current Signup Genius. Highest priority- we don't yet have help for Sinfonia or Chamber Orchestra attire fittings, and we could still use another parent on hand for the last portion of movie night.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ba9ab2fa6fb6-friday


FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT (9/10)

7:00 pm Start arriving (if you stay at school from 3:30 until then or arrive early, do not wander the school- must stay in orchestra room)

7:30 pm Movie night in front of school (either front lawn or side field, TBA); Howl's Moving Castle is the movie

9:30 pm Approximate end of movie

10:00 pm We need to be cleaned up/cleared out of the school


Here's the RSVP/food preference form from our student leadership team- please complete right away if attending:

https://forms.gle/iYExEtG7PFTcL4fw8


FRIDAY DAYTIME SCHEDULE (Morning/afternoon performances and 8th grade visit)

*Chamber Orchestra participation required; Attire is red, white, and blue*

6:45 am Setup crew arrives to prep for 9/11 Ceremony

7:15 am Chamber Orchestra should be in orchestra room, tuned and ready to play by this time

7:30 am Ceremony begins on front lawn (Chamber Orchestra Only- plays America the Beautiful)


12:00 pm NMS 8th graders come to visit during 4th period Chamber Orchestra/record Star Spangled Banner on front lawn

12:22 pm 5th lunch begins; pizza served for performers; ALL orchestra members invited to come meet and greet 8th graders during 5th lunch, remaining pizza distributed first come/first served


ATTIRE

Make sure that if you didn't order through the school, you have arranged to have the proper attire for our October concert.  


*For those who did order through Milton Orchestra Boosters- In classes where we don't get attire fitting volunteers, students will have to provide their own sizing info even if originally asked to be sized at school. They can use the measuring tape at school, but if you'd like to help them with this process and send me the results, there are directions on the website (sizing guide for each garment option plus instructions in the video tab): https://formalfashionsinc.com/


UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (see https://www.miltonorchestra.org/calendar for complete year calendar)

9/10- Chamber morning performance, afternoon 8th grade visit, evening Movie Night

9/17- MusiCon- student volunteer signup sheet will be posted in orchestra room 

10/2- Hall of Fame Induction performance- volunteer performer signup sheet will be posted in orchestra room

10/8- Deadline to pay (OSP) registration for Fulton County Honor Orchestra audition

10/14- Virtual All State round 1 submission deadline

10/14- Fall Concert and 8th grade night; All Orchestra Students- required

10/23- 100th Anniversary performances; details TBA by school; required for all orchestras

11/2- Honor Orchestra auditions


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9/3/21 (updated 9/7/21 at 7:40 am)

Updated All State audition (currently registered) list: 

Mourad ,Sukaina

Smallwood ,Dennis

Smallwood ,Evan

Smallwood ,Hannah

Acharya ,Rohith

Johnson ,Nicole

Oneacre ,Connor

Gamba ,Thomas

Ros ,Kaitlin

Rao ,Vishnu

Leeman ,Henry

Najarian ,Danielle 

Malcom ,Ella Grace 

Scaria ,Anoushka 

SRINGERI ,ESHA 

Ram, Varsha

Fiorillo ,Sophia 

Mirza ,Yousuf 


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9/2/21

Good afternoon,


Just a reminder that we have two deadlines tomorrow, September 3rd.  


1.  Orchestra Fee- Must be paid no later than tomorrow to receive orchestra t-shirt for no additional charge.  Online payment through MHS website under the category "Strings."  


2.  All State Orchestra fee- to register for All State, you must have paid online through the MHS website under category "Strings."  The school will write one check to GMEA, and Mr. Cummings will register all who have paid on time.   

Make sure that your name is here if you paid to register: 


Mourad ,Sukaina

Smallwood ,Dennis

Smallwood ,Evan

Smallwood ,Hannah

Acharya ,Rohith

Johnson ,Nicole

Oneacre ,Connor

Gamba ,Thomas

Ros ,Kaitlin

Rao ,Vishnu

Leeman ,Henry


Thanks!  


Regards,


A. Cummings


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8/27/2021

Parent meeting recap and links:


Good morning!  It was great to see so many of you last night either in person or virtually.  Thanks for your participation and the great questions.  I am uploading the meeting recording to a shareable link.  If you were unable to attend, please email me (cummingsas@fultonschools.org) or send a Remind message, and I'll be happy to send it to you.  


Important Action Items:



Please let me know if there are any follow up items from the meeting that I left out.  I wanted to get this to you as quickly as possible before the weekend.  Thanks!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra


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8/26/2021


Good afternoon- 


Just a reminder that if attending in person tonight, masks are mandated in the building.  Please use the orchestra hall side door (when facing school, go down the stairs from the right side parking lot, and it's the first glass door on the left).  


The meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  


Instructions for the simultaneous virtual version on Teams were sent yesterday and are copied below.  For best experience, the app or desktop version is preferable to calling in.  

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 470-705-1712,,544081062# United States, Atlanta

Phone Conference ID: 544 081 062#

Find a local number | Reset PIN

Learn More | Meeting options


See you there!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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8/25/2021- Parent Meeting Tomorrow + All State/FCS Honor Orchestra registration open

Good evening,


Just a reminder that our Milton Orchestra parent meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, 8/26) at 6:30 pm. 

Parents are welcome to attend in person at Milton High School (Orchestra Room- 7101) or virtually.  

Either way, please RSVP using the Google form: 

https://forms.gle/ordGzqMueS1yKTfb6


We'll introduce the Orchestra Booster board members and discuss volunteer opportunities, calendar items, fundraising, concert attire, trips, and more.  There will opportunity to ask questions or just say "hi" as well! 


The virtual meeting will be hosted on Teams.  You can join as a guest if you do not have an account.  Invitation below:

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 470-705-1712,,544081062#   United States, Atlanta

Phone Conference ID: 544 081 062#

Find a local number | Reset PIN

Learn More | Meeting options


Additionally, All State and FCS Honor Orchestra registration is open.  Details and deadlines here: 

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/auditionscompetitions


Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


Regards,


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra

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8/17/2021

Good evening, Orchestra Parents,


I wanted to remind everyone that we have a Milton Orchestra parent meeting next Thursday, August 26th at 6:30 pm in the Orchestra Room (7101).  I will also provide a link to tune in virtually.  Please let me know how you'll attend by completing this short form:

https://forms.gle/ULiESq8aXqTu8Kvf6


If you have any questions before then, please contact me and/or check out our website/handbook/calendar here: 

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/handbook (includes calendar in list view)

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/calendar


Remind is the best way to get info quickly- please sign up using these instructions if you haven't done so...

https://www.miltonorchestra.org/students-and-parents/remind


Thanks!  


Regards,

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Welcome back!  I'm looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year.  

-Mr. Cummings