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Apr 18 / JJP Orch Admin

Important Information

As demonstrated on our spring trip, the Remind 101 app can help us get vital info to you fast. Many of you signed up for reminder for the Houston trip but are not signed up for general orchestra information. To do so, please:

Text “@419f4″ to 972-464-2242.

Thank you! It’s free and you don’t need to download anything to your phone. Enjoy all the information!!! This will be very important to us as we get close to the summer and need to communicate events.

Apr 16 / JJP Orch Admin


Today is Wednesday — Hump Day. It’s also Pearce Orchestra Night at Chili’s!
Let’s grab some dinner at Chili’s AND help support orchestra!

Just come in for dinner and mention to your server that you are with J.J. Pearce Orchestra. Chili’s will donate a portion of your tab back to orchestra. Invite friends, invite the neighborhood!

The J.J. Pearce Orchestra Give Back Event is

TONIGHT April 16, 2014 from 4 pm – 10 pm

Only at

16623 Coit Rd. (Coit/Campbell)
Dallas, TX 75248

Apr 14 / JJP Orch Admin

Orchestra Trip A Success

Pearce Orchestra Families,

Please join the Pearce Directors in congratulating the Pearce High School Orchestra on our recent success. This past weekend at the Space City Music Showcase, both competing groups were awarded “Superior” ratings“Best in Class” and the Chamber/Advanced group was named “Best Overall Orchestra” for the entire contest. We are so proud of our students!

In addition, I just want to say how proud I am of the student’s behavior overall. Everyone was so professional, always on time and represented our school well. We were able to create many wonderful memories together that I’m sure we’ll be talking about for years to come.

And finally, I want to thank our chaperones and administrator, Donna Anthony. were amazing and took great care of the kids. Without these wonderful adults, the trip would not have been possible.



Apr 8 / JJP Orch Admin


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 6:30 pm, The Corral at J.J. Pearce HS (can be accessed from Senior Way)

Come join us to learn about important issues for next year:
• summer events
• private lessons
• registration and costs
• fundraising for the Spring Trip to DISNEY WORLD!
(bring your laptop to sign up for the SCRIP gift card fundraiser)

orchestra meeting flyer

Apr 3 / JJP Orch Admin

Important Meeting

Attention Orchestra Students and Parents of Orchestra Students
Pearce Orchestra will be conducting a special meeting for all Pearce Orchestra members regarding NEXT year’s events, travel, and fundraising.

Thursday, April 24
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
PHS Corral
(accessed from Senior Way)
If you or a parent is not available to attend, please send a representative who can gather information for you.

Opportunities at this meeting include:

•  fill out next year’s forms
•  gather fee schedule information
•  learn about the Spring Trip for next year  -  Florida
•  learn how to help offset trip costs with easy fundraisers
•  sign up for volunteer opportunities

We appreciate everyone’s time and will keep this meeting to 1 hour or less!
If you have questions about this event, please contact Melissa Livings at

Apr 3 / JJP Orch Admin

RCMF Results

For results to this weekend’s chamber music festival please go to:
Google Doc link
BHS site link

Note: the ratings will only be posted in the correct time slot. No names will be published. There will be no paper posting of results.

Mar 28 / JJP Orch Admin

Final Trip Packet

Click here to download the Trip Packet: Houston Trip Packet 2014

Mar 24 / JJP Orch Admin

Important: Orchestra Spring Trip meeting

Parents and Students,
On Tuesday, April 1, 7-8pm in the orchestra room we will have an Orchestra Spring Trip meeting. At this meeting you will receive:

  • detailed itinerary (very different than the one on the website)
  • a packing list (required and optional items)
  • information about meals, activities, lodging, etc.
  • a list/explanation of trip behavior expectations.

You will also have an opportunity to meet the chaperones assigned to your student(s) and a chance to ask questions. Please make plans for the student(s) going on the trip and at least one parent/guardian of that student to attend. A hard copy of the information will be available but the “live” version is better.

Mar 19 / JJP Orch Admin

Spring Trip Itinerary

Click here to download the Itinerary as a pdf

Mar 19 / JJP Orch Admin

Richardson Chamber Music Festival

Parents and Students,

I know you all have the Spring Trip “on the brain” but the annual Richardson Chamber Music Festival (RCMF) is right around the corner. This event will be held BEFORE the trip on SaturdayApril 5 this year at Berkner HS. Times are flexible and brief (as early as 8am; as late as 5pm) and you can request a certain time if needed.

Who? It is open to ALL Pearce Orchestra studentsAny student may pick an appropriate level solo and/or combine with other students to play an ensemble. Find a friend and get involved! This is a great way to build confidence in your abilities whether you’ve played for a long time or just started this year; a qualified judge will evaluate your performance and give you very valuable feedback. Interested? I have great deal of music in my library to choose from (come by and look anytime!!!), though if you have a private teacher they have probably (should have) already selected something for you. Students may also choose to do more than one event (and many do.)

Required? Everyone is encouraged to participate but the following students are required to perform…All chamber orchestra students are required to participate with either a solo or ensemble. All Honors Orchestra students are required to play a solo (with piano accompaniment unless specified unaccompanied). Anyone considering an audition for Chamber should participate.

$$$??? Participation was already included in your orchestra fees. The only extra expense is for a piano accompanist if required (unless you know someone who will do it for free).

Anything else I need to know? If you choose to play a solo you must have piano accompaniment unless the solo is specified “unaccompanied.” It is the student’s responsibility to secure their own accompanists.

If you have any questions please let me know and PLEASE NOTE: I will be asking students THIS FRIDAY to tell me the name(s) of their solo/ensemble, accompanist name, etc. Please be prepared to give me that information.

Melissa Livings