Pearce Student named to TMEA All-State Orchestra

Orchestra Family,

Please join in congratulating sophomore, Darren Carter, who has just been named a 2016 TMEA All-State Symphony violinist. For those of you unfamiliar with the All-State music process, Darren auditioned about two weeks ago and placed #30 out of 304 Texas Violins. This is an awesome accomplishment. Way to go!!!! Darren will be featured at the December 7 concert as part of our Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.

Speaking of the concert…Darren and ALL of our wonderful students look forward to seeing you for our December 7th Sweets and Strings Concert. JH Performances are from 6-7pm and HS Performance times are 7:00/7:30/8:00pm in the Pearce Auditorium with a Silent Auction and Sweets available in between groups. This is a new format this year and we hope you will enjoy. Dessert reservation forms and other info are forthcoming.

Orchestra Picture Day and Step Up Drive Details!

Our Step Up Drive and Orchestra Picture Day is almost here! Please read the attached email for details on this REQUIRED event. For your convenience, I have attached the picture order form.

Date: Tuesday, November 17

Photo Schedule: 5-7:30pm in the Orchestra Room

  • Philharmonic Group/Individuals: 5:00-5:30pm
  • Concert Group/Individuals: 5:30-6:00pm
  • Chamber Group/Individuals: 6:00-6:30pm
  • Individuals/Family Shots: 6:30-7:30pm

Other Events that Evening (Cafeteria): 

  • Step-Up Drive: 5:30-7:30pm—Come shop for a “Step-up”/Higher quality instrument. Dallas Strings is a trusted vendor and will be available to answer questions. Flyer will be sent in a future email.
  • Spirit Banner Making: 5-7:30pm—Students, come assist your officers with our Beach-themed banners for the orchestra room. May the best section win!
  • Officer Shirt Decorations—Officers, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to personalize your Officer shirt!

As a reminder, the group portion of our pictures is MANDATORY and GRADED, as this will be our only opportunity to take pictures for the yearbook and our room frame. Individual photos will also be offered; this is an optional service but a very nice option if you would like a formal picture of your child in with his/her instrument(s). Please review the attached form and return it to the photographer on the day of pictures or to your child’s director if you would like to take advantage of this service.

The other events are optional but strongly encouraged and SUPER FUN! Come decorate banners, t-shirts and play on an “advanced” instrument. Thank you in advance for keeping this time open in your calendar.

Photo Form Pearce Orchestra

Pearce HS Step-Up Drive details, November 17

We are offering a “Step-up” Drive in our cafeteria from 5-7:30pm. You may remember your child’s first string drive in 6th grade? This is similar but with instruments that are possibly more appropriate for the type of playing your child will do in high school and possibly college. This event is being hosted by Dallas Strings and will be a great opportunity for you and your child to consider a potential purchase of a high quality instrument; not only can a higher quality instrument make it more enjoyable for your child to practice but it can also make it easier for them to be successful. I still remember getting my first semi-professional instrument as a sophomore in high school and it revolutionized my ability to perform and desire to practice. With holiday gift-giving season coming up, the timing couldn’t be better!

Of course this is totally optional and not necessarily for everyone, but we’ve had so many requests from parents to do this type of event, that we felt it was finally time to host one. At the very least it should be fun for your child to come play on some instruments and compare. Please see the attached flyer for more details on what will be offered including rental and sales credit. And as always, let us know if you have any questions!

Pearce High School Step Up Sale Flyer

Kroger Community Rewards

krogerDo you shop at Kroger? The JJ Pearce Orchestra (Pearce Area Orchestra Club) is now registered to be linked to your Kroger rewards! Simply follow the steps below to help give back to the PAOC with your Kroger card.

How to Register a Digital Account

Simply visit or download the Kroger mobile application from the appropriate app store for your device and follow these directions.

  1. Select the ‘Register’ button.
  2. Enter your information.
  3. Select ‘Create Account’.

Please make sure that you add your card number or create a virtual card number while registering your Digital Account. This is required for the Community Rewards program so that your transactions apply towards the program.

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple updating the Community Rewards selection on your Digital Account. ***If you have a digital account, start here!!***

  • Sign into your Digital Account at
  • Select ‘My Account’.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.
  • Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.
  • Enter the name or NPO number of the organization that you wish to support. Our NPO number is 60243
  • Select the appropriate organization from the list and click on ‘Save’.

Your selected organization will now display in the Community Rewards section of your account page.

Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program.

It takes approximately 10 days for the Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.

Important Note:

You must present your Kroger Plus Card or provide your Alternate ID (you set up on digital account) at the register during the transaction in order for it to count towards the program. You will be asked every August to renew your organization, follow the directions in the email Kroger sends.


Winter Concert Dessert Survey

Parents and Students –

If you haven’t heard yet our Winter Concert will have a different format than previous years.  Concert details will come closer to the event but for now the biggest change is that we are going to feature a Dessert Fair instead of a full course dinner.  Please take this very brief 3 question survey to help us narrow down our dessert selections.  Thank you!


Reminder – Fixed Payments are due for all registered JJ Pearce Orchestra students.

Also, any student who plans to be included in the Spring Trip to Corpus Christi must pay all outstanding fixed fees in order to attend.

November 13 is the 2nd trip payment deadline ($150) for the Spring Trip to Corpus Christi.

If you have chocolate checked out that you know you won’t sell, please return any unsold bars to the orchestra room so that other students can continue to fundraise toward their trip ledgers.

Party details–Halloween/Buddy Reveal

Hey Orchestra Members,

Buddy Week has now officially come to a close. What a great two weeks of fun it has been! To wrap up, we have an awesome event planned–our annual Halloween/Buddy Reveal Party on Saturday, October 31st1-3pm, 304 Meadowcrest Drive Richardson, 75080 (Kyle’s Vaughn’s house). 9/10th graders should bring sweet snacks; 11/12th graders should bring salty snacks. Everything else, including drinks, will be provided.

We have a few events planned:

  • Buddy Reveal– older buddies will reveal their identity to their younger buddies
  • Costume Contest– everyone who would like to participate wear a costume, the top three costumes will get prizes
  • Super Smash Bros Tourney– video game tournament, anyone can participate, and the winners will get prizes. (If you have a WiiU and controllers and the new Super Smash Brothers, and could volunteer them for the party, please contact Oscar Barkis at 214-226-3255)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest– anyone can participate, everyone will be split into groups to see which group can decorate their pumpkin the best. Best 3 pumpkins get prizes (pumpkins provided).

Anyone in the orchestra is welcome and encouraged to attend! Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated. Thank you and hope to see you there! Questions? Text Oscar Barkis at 214-226-3255.

All Region Success!

Mustang Orchestra Family,

Orchestra is proud to announce that 8 Pearce students were selected through competitive audition to participate in an annual All-Region Orchestra clinic and concert this December.  These students have been diligently working since early this summer on challenging repertoire and etudes to perform for a blind audition this past Saturday.  Their competition included students from every orchestra in Garland, Rockwall, Mesquite and Richardson. Please help me in congratulating these talented students if you have them in class or if you see them in the hallways this week.

Darren Carter ( 1st Chair!)
Dingjing Zhou
Hongyi Zhang
Sung Jung
Alice Chen

Stephanie Bullard (2nd Chair!)
Barbara Barman (Alternate)

Matthew Myers (3rd Chair!)

I also encourage you to come Saturday, December 11 to the Region Concert @Berkner High School this winter to see how professional these students can sound! If your student auditioned and was not selected this year, we now have rankings available.

Thanks and Go Mustangs!

all region 2015

Sectional Request

Parents and Students,

Now that we have completed the first concert of the year it is time to schedule our sectionals. These will begin the last week of October. For those of you who may be new to the orchestra world, sectionals are weekly times when we can get intensive work done by instrument rather than with the whole orchestra. They are a necessary part of our success as we get into our more competitive season. They occur before and after school depending on student and director availability. Today and tomorrow in class we will be passing around a “Sectional Request Form” where you can indicate any conflicts. We will do our best to pick a time that fits everyone’s schedule. Please note that these are required and are included as 20% of the orchestra grade.

Available sectional times are 7:45-8:45am M-F and 4:20-5:15pm M-F. Chamber and Philharmonic orchestras will have sectionals once a week. Concert Orchestra will have sectionals every other week.

If you know you/your child has a conflict please indicate this on the sheet that is passed around or reply to this email. If you have an athletic or team practice every day before/after school please see if there is one day a week that you could be excused for “orchestra tutoring.” Please note that work is not an excuse since sectionals are academically related and part of our orchestra curriculum. We will let you know what day it will be soon so you can request that time off.

If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you so much for working with us and for your flexibility. We will let you know the sectionals schedule at some point next week.

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