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:

  • REQUIRED for all members of all 3 orchestras

  • 1-1:15 pm Arrive in the orchestra room in concert attire (just like last week)

  • 1:20 pm Be fully tuned, individually warmed up, dressed, with instrument ready to go on stage; group warm up begins

  • 1:35 pm On stage

  • 1:40-2:05 Performance time

  • 2:05 Help equipment crew clear stage and go home (or stay to see other events)

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.


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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!



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!)

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!


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...


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!

  • We are back to full audience capacity with our auditorium

  • Masks required

  • Reserved seats required; link will go out soon- admission is free


  • If ordered through school, please take home by end of week. Some rental pants are being hemmed this weekend, so those will be available in time for the concert.

  • If you did not order through the school, make sure you have all attire components by Thursday. If in doubt as to whether something fits the requirements, ask!


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!


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


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.


  • If auditioning and not exempt from round 1, your audition specifics are here:

  • Since my deadline is Oct 14 to turn in our spreadsheet with audition links, you must submit your materials to me no later than Oct 12th. I have to have time to preview auditions and compile/send them. Late auditions will not be accepted!

  • The audition video must be accessible in the form of a link, such as through YouTube, Vimeo, Flipgrid, Screencastify, or Seesaw and NOT as a file that will need to be downloaded in order to view. Google drive files are not always easily shareable, so we want to avoid permission issues. If Google Drive is the only option, make certain that the restriction is set at “Anyone with the link”may view it.

  • The audition video must contain the student’s name, grade, GMEA/Opus number*, the required scales/arpeggios and the required portion of the etude. The student’s face, instrument, bow, arms, hands, and fingers must be visible.

  • This video ( explains how to create and submit the material as well as what must be included in the video.

  • See Mr. Cummings or wait for an email (student account) from me for your GMEA/Opus number.


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:

Audition info:


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


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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.


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.


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:

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


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):

UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (see 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


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


Ram, Varsha

Fiorillo ,Sophia

Mirza ,Yousuf



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



A. Cummings



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 ( 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!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra


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:

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:

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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:

If you have any questions before then, please contact me and/or check out our website/handbook/calendar here: (includes calendar in list view)

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




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

-Mr. Cummings