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.

------------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! 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.


  • Session I will take place June 1-4, 2022 for 4th and 5th graders, and beginning level 6th graders

  • Session II will take place June 5-8, 2022 for advance 6th graders and all 7th-rising 10th graders

If you, your students, and/or your students’ parents have any questions, please email


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.


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:


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:

  • Day Campers: $450.00

    • Includes lunch and dinner

  • Dorm Campers: $550.00

    • Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and housing

  • Optional Private Lesson: $60 (One 60-minute lesson during the week)

    For More Information: UGA Summer Music Camp

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:

  • Day Campers: $450.00

    • Includes lunch and dinner

  • Dorm Campers: $550.00

    • Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and housing

  • Optional Private Lesson: $60 (One 60-minute lesson during the week)

For More Information: UGA Summer Music Institute


Updates 2/8/22

PRE LGPE (this Thursday @ MHS)

  1. Here is the link for Pre-LGPE Concert tickets Thursday. Admission is free, but you must reserve a spot- it’s a quick and easy process.

  2. Students arrive in concert attire and have instruments tuned/warmed up by 6:45 pm. Concert Orchestra begins playing at 7 pm and other orchestras should be in the audience. There will be no pre-concert activities/rehearsal or intermission for this concert- keeping it simple before a busy next week.

LGPE (next Mon-Wed @ Roswell HS)

  1. LGPE permission slips went home and were due today. This is our major performance assessment of the year from the district standpoint and is required for everyone (a major grade, like concerts). There is no associated cost for students. Full schedule in last week’s newsletter, which I’ve included at the end of this message for easy reference

  2. CHAPERONES STILL NEEDED: We need at least one more chaperone for each ensemble- Concert 2/14 from 2 to 6 pm (riding bus); Chamber 2/15 from 4:30 to 7 pm (meeting at Roswell); Sinfonia 2/16 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm (riding bus).


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:

  1. If you already paid a deposit- list below*- I need to know right away if you are not still planning to participate, assuming we are actually able to move forward (you will get your deposit back if we cancel as a group).

  2. If you did not pay a deposit, but are firmly interested in going so we can get this to happen, please let me know right away (no later than Friday) via email or Remind. We need 10+ new signups (plus everyone currently committed to remain so) to proceed.

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!



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!

Upcoming events/requests:

  • Pre-LGPE Concert in one week- Thursday, February 10th at 7 pm. Students should arrive in concert attire by 6:45 pm. Order: Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia, Chamber Orchestra. We will do this concert with few announcements and no intermission to keep it concise and simple before a busy LGPE week to follow. Students are required to stay through the end, however, to support one another's performances.

  • We still need LGPE chaperones! Please email Mr. Cummings ( if you can accompany us!

  • Fundraising prizes are on the way- apologies for the delay. We haven’t forgotten!

  • If applicable, please pay All State acceptance fees- $25 through OSP, cash, or check to MHS. I’ve already submitted acceptance for everyone.

  • I’ve registered those who expressed interest in Solo and Ensemble. Please pay $12 through OSP, cash, or check to MHS if you haven’t yet.

  • Spring Trip plans to Tallahassee/FSU are still moving forward- Separate email with detailed info to come out soon (and final payment collection). Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in attending but did not pay a deposit, there’s been any other change in your status/availability, OR if you are interested in chaperoning and we’ve not been in touch yet.

  • LGPE Detailed Schedule:

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.


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



Good evening, orchestra families,

Lots of info below and several responses requested! Let me know ( 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):

Volunteer to help with our concert here:

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:


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:

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.


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


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.

  • Required now (by December 17th): Check or cash deposit of $100 to secure your spot. Make checks to Milton High School Orchestra Booster Club. This deposit will only be refundable if we have to cancel the trip for any reason prior to full payment being due in the spring semester. We need this commitment to be able to finalize reservations and clinicians. If you have individual circumstances that make this prohibitive, please contact Mr. Cummings directly.

  • Also required now (by 12/17): I know we already did an interest survey, but now that we have firm plans, parents please complete the following if your student will be attending this trip:


  • Wednesday 3/30- depart after school, check in to hotel

  • Thursday 3/31- lunch on campus, workshop with FSU College of Music faculty, campus tour, attend University Philharmonia Orchestra concert that evening with personalized pre-concert talk

  • Friday 4/1- Sight see in Tallahassee, other activities to be chosen from Wakulla Springs, beach, tbd

  • Saturday 4/2- Depart Tallahassee, Wild Adventures Valdosta for the day, depart for home

*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


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!

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):


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!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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: 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!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



Good morning! We have rewards announced below to encourage registration and sharing of our Boon Supply Fundraiser! It's easy- go to 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 ( and try Boon Supply's Boost10 to add email addresses:

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

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



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!


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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.

  • For now, go ahead and kick off your holiday shopping and share with friends/family! Milton Orchestra gets 40% when a purchase is made. It’s easy!

  • Make sure that buyers support “Milton High School Orchestra” and enter student name at checkout so that you get credit.

  • Read the attached “Parent Letter" (sent via email and Remind)

  • Visit our site and share to get started!

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


Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton Orchestra



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