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Concert, reception, and guest clinician next week

12/1/2023 3:51 pm

Good afternoon, Milton Orchestra Families,
  • We're looking forward to a festive concert next week: Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm in the Milton HS auditorium.  Remember to reserve seats in advance (https://www.miltonorchestra.org/concerts).  We'll have additional guest performers and their families from NMS and EPMS 8th grade.  
  • This concert will be followed by a reception!  We still need several items.  Please follow this link to volunteer/contribute:
  • Sinfonia and Chamber (2nd/4th periods) will welcome special guest conductor/clinician Sheldon Fisher on Monday.   All students need to be present and on time!  
  • Schedule for the concert will look like this: 

      5 pm Rehearsal with 8th grade (MANDATORY FOR ALL- BE ON TIME!)

      6 pm Pizza available (provided for all performers)
      6:50  Dressed in concert black and in places
      7 pm Concert begins
Thanks!  Have a great weekend.  
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Sponsorships and Donation Participation Contest/Rewards!

11/17/2023 2:15 pm

Good afternoon,
It's the giving season! Among other things, your support has enabled us to purchase an electric cello this year (already a big hit with the cellists!) and line up some great guest clinicians for the next couple of months.  
Are you visiting family or any favorite business establishments over the break?  Please ask for their support!  Read all the way to the end for details on the participation contest organized by our MHS Orchestra Booster Club!  It's easy!  See the attached business sponsor form and talking points.  
Students and Families, Help Us Grow the MHS Orchestra Program!
Fundraising for the Orchestra Booster Club contributes to enhancing public outreach, bringing in expert clinicians and guest conductors to accelerate learning, creating social and team-building opportunities, subsidizing musically and socially valuable trips and experiences, providing new and upgraded equipment, and assisting with general orchestra operations and needs.
You can help in two ways:
  1. Encourage local businesses to become a Business Sponsor – It could be a favorite family restaurant, a store you frequent, your doctor or dentist's office, the place where you take music lessons, or any type of service such as a hair salon.
  • Business sponsors get to promote their business throughout the Orchestra community and broader Milton High School community.
  • See the attached document for talking points, business sponsor levels, and the business sponsorship form.


  1. Ask friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to make a donation to the Orchestra Booster Club.  Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.  Visit www.miltonorchestra.org/packet/49904954 or scan the QR code to make a tax-deductible donation:
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Participation Contest!


Now through Sunday, December 10, for every $25 in fundraising you do through Business Sponsorships, Memberships and/or Donations, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card!

  • Example: you get $300 in Business Sponsorships and $100 in Donations.  This comes out to 16 entries!  ($400 ÷ $25 = 16)
  • Memberships, Business Sponsorships and Donations that occurred earlier this semester will also be included in the drawing.
  • The drawing will take place on Monday, December 11 for one $100 Amazon gift card.  The winner will be notified by Tuesday, December 12.
  • Make sure any Business Sponsors or Donors you get include your (student's) name as a referral so you can get credit towards the drawing – there is a place on the online/paper form where they can put your (student's) name.
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Concert 12/7 and 2nd trip payment

11/17/2023 10:31 am

Good morning- I am grateful for all of our orchestra students and their supportive families!  I hope everyone has a wonderful break and Thanksgiving holiday!  Two reminders before we go...



We look forward to seeing everyone on December 7th at 7 pm for our Winter Concert!  Ticket links will go out after the break to booster members first and then the general public.  See membership emails sent by our boosters- it's not too late to join!  Seating may fill up more quickly than usual due to our 8th grade guests.


Schedule for 12/7

5 pm: Essential (required) combined rehearsal with all orchestras + 8th graders

6:00: Pizza available for all performers

6:50: Performers dressed and in places (Sinfonia on stage, all others in audience)

7:00:  Concert begins


Instead of concessions at intermission, we are currently planning on food/drink donations to go towards a post-concert reception.  Details coming from the boosters.  



I'm looking forward to an outstanding spring trip to Washington, DC!  Remember that 2nd payments ($300) are due December 2nd unless you've already paid in full.  If you have any questions regarding your status, please let me know.  A link to the payment portal can be found here: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/trip


Thanks again for all of your support and a great year so far! 




Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras




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Concert Thursday, Orchestra Breakfast tomorrow, and more

10/3/2023 4:05 pm

Sent via Infinite Campus and Remind


Good afternoon, Orchestra Families,


A few reminders for a very orchestral October, kicking off with Orchestra Breakfast Wednesday and our Fall Concert Thursday! 


  • We had a great fall Movie Night Saturday!  Check out @miltonorchestra (official) and @miltonsinfonia (student-run) on Instagram for pictures.  Beginning with our concert Thursday, students and parents registered through Membership Toolkit will be able to upload event photos directly to our Milton Orchestra SmugMug account to share with others. 
  • Visit https://www.miltonorchestra.org/calendar for a full schedule of events
  • ORCHESTRA BREAKFAST: Orchestra leadership has organized a breakfast pot-luck for tomorrow (Wednesday).  Make or pick up something (muffins, bagels, pop tarts, coffee, orange juice, etc.) to share and come hang out for a few minutes in the orchestra room around 7:45 am.  
  • Spring Trip payments were due 10/2.  Some accounts might have shown different dates or sent out different notices, so please go by the original schedule to complete your first $300 payment today if you haven't already.  Info at: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/trip
  • Mark your calendars for our 8th Grade Picnic with NMS on 10/20- all students should plan to attend after school to help welcome our future Milton Orchestra students.  We will also need some PARENT VOLUNTEERS: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/volunteer/114538 
  • Some of our students have started an extracurricular ensemble club. Students- If interested, regardless of potential schedule conflicts, please complete this form. Rehearsal schedule ultimately to be determined by everyone's availability: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOZYmVYNaehIo85p3jlnqxvM_iM_gkx-bQ4kLCXSyOzsBZig/viewform . The Remind code is: orchens24
  • Reserve your concert seats at: https://www.miltonorchestra.org/concerts 


During the day: Students rehearse on stage during their regular orchestra class period


5 pm: Required rehearsal on stage for combined ensembles (in plain clothes or concert attire)

5:45-6:45: Pizza served for students (eat when not changing or being photographed- see below)


5:45: Concert Orchestra change into concert attire for photo

6:00: Concert Orchestra on stage for photo

6:00: Sinfonia change for photo

6:15: Sinfonia on stage for photo

6:15: Chamber Orchestra change for photo

6:30: Chamber Orchestra on stage for photo


6:55 pm: All students in places

(Concert Orchestra on stage, Sinfonia and Chamber in the designated audience section)

7 pm: Concert begins- all students are required to stay through the end. The final two pieces are with all three orchestras combined.


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Movie night, concert day schedule, trip, and more

9/27/2023 8:25 am

Sent via Infinite Campus and Remind


Good morning, Milton Orchestra families,


With movie night, our concert, and deadlines coming up quickly, we have several important announcements: 


MOVIE NIGHT chaperones needed this Saturday, 9/30: 



Pizza will be provided by the Orchestra Boosters for those who RSVP! There is a sign up for bringing other snacks/drinks in the orchestra room. 


Students should RSVP here (or with the QR code in the orchestra room):



SPRING TRIP 1st payment deadline is coming up October 2nd.  Please register in the portal as soon as possible even if you're waiting to pay closer to the deadline, so that we can get an accurate count.  See out trip page for more info and links:



BOOSTER registration: Make sure you've registered at miltonorchestra.org with Membership Toolkit.  Basic registration (to make sure you're on the mailing list and can access the full site) is free, but there are also several membership levels to support the program and get added benefits.  While there is some overlap between my communications and the boosters', some info will only come from their newsletters, so you're missing things if you haven't registered!


CONCERT 10/5: Next Thursday! Rehearsal timing subject to adjustments.  Concerts and concert-day rehearsals are counted as a Major Grade.  Students can go home and return or stay through to the rehearsal.  Not every concert will require a same-day rehearsal.  

Info about seating reservations will be in the booster newsletter to follow. 

Here is the schedule for the day:


During the day: Students rehearse on stage during their regular orchestra class period

5 pm: Required rehearsal on stage for combined ensembles

6 pm: Pizza served for students*

6:45 pm: All students should be full dressed in concert attire (https://www.miltonorchestra.org/attire)

6:55 pm: All students in places

(Concert Orchestra on stage, Sinfonia and Chamber in the designated audience section)

7 pm: Concert begins- all students are required to stay through the end.  The final two pieces are with all three orchestras combined.  

*we may also be taking group photos by class on stage during the 6-6:45 window 


Thanks!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  




Andrew Cummings, Director

Milton HS Orchestras

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