Pops concert plan and announcements for the week

Please view the slides to find out announcements for this week (Phil, see concert orchestra slide for your announcements–FYI, I’m missing senior info from all but one senior in that class). The call time and specifics for THURSDAY’S concert are on the last slide.

Let me know if you have questions. We can do this…9 days and lots of fun stuff to keep us going.

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTE RE:  Formal Concert on Thursday, May 21

The students will be required to wear their formal attire (uniform) and to bring an extra change of clothes.  After the performance, the students will change out of their uniforms and turn them back in to the Fine Arts Dept.  Sarah Myers and Helen Karuba will be on hand to receive the uniforms, including the suite bags that were assigned to the uniforms.


Don’t forget to print the attached order form and make your dinner selections.  Forms and payments are due to Mrs. Livings by Wednesday, May 20.  Checks made out to PAOC.



The end of this school year means another school year is sure to follow.  And with another school year comes…………The Mum Store!!!

The Mum Store has started up again in preparation for the fall.  If you are available to help cut ribbon and count cut pieces of ribbon, then the Mum Store is where you want to be!  Please fill out your time in the Mum Store Volunteer book, as these little tasks turn  into big dollars for orchestra!

The Mum Store
7517 Campbell Rd., Suite 407
Dallas, TX  75248
(NW corner of Coit and Campbell; between Natural Grocers and Marshalls)
Tuesdays  –  10 am – 4 pm
Wednesdays –  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(these hours good through end of this school year)

Save the Date 2015

Final Concert Details

Parents and Students –

Our school year is rapidly coming to an end and it is time to send out specifics for our two upcoming concerts: Spring Concert (5/21) and our new Pops Concert/Senior Plate Awards (5/28). Please see the attached document for details concerning our last two concerts of the year. Note the attire required for each concert and the call time/warm-up location for each group.  Also, keep in mind that the times listed other than student call time and concert start time are approximate and are subject to change.  Feel free to email me or Mrs. Livings if you have any questions.
Kaitlin Teske-Gallman ’10
Associate Director of Orchestras
J.J. Pearce High School

Course Cards

Parents and Students,

Course card verifications were sent home yesterday in Advisory. Please make sure that the info is correct; I just had a student in my office that signed up for orchestra but was placed in Art on his schedule (not that there’s anything wrong with Art, but he wants orchestra of course). Let me know if you need course numbers. These verifications are due back to the Advisory teachers on Friday.
FYI–Don’t worry about which orchestra it says you are in. We’ll make adjustments after auditions. As long as you have orchestra listed, you’re in! Thanks for reading this

Melissa Livings


Greetings Orchestra Families!

There are 3 upcoming spring semester events. You don’t want to miss them!

1. Spring Formal Concert – Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7 pm – PHS Auditorium. Attire details for orchestra students are forthcoming.

2. “Pops” Concert – Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7 pm – PHS Auditorium. Orchestra students are to wear their 2015 orchestra t-shirts and jeans.

3. End-of-year Banquet – Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7 pm – Canyon Creek Country Club Come celebrate the accomplishments of the orchestra students!

Save the Date 2015

Sectionals & Other outside of school rehearsals

Parents and Students,

In an effort to be as respectful of student’s time as possible (EOC’s, AP Tests, general fatigue…), Ms. Gallman and I have decided to cancel all remaining before/after school section rehearsals for the rest of the year. We still need sectional rehearsals but we have found a way to do them in class for the remainder of the year. However….
The following full/combo rehearsals WILL still take place and are MANDATORY. Please be sure these are in your calendar: 
2nd period–Full orchestra rehearsals on May 11 (Monday), 18 (Monday) & 26 (Tuesday)—4:30-5:30pm.
4th/5th period–Combined rehearsals on Tuesday, May 12 & 19—4:30-5:30pm
Please let me know if you have any questions about what is/is not required. Concert details will be coming later.

Becky Groves runner up of Congressional Art Competition


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) congratulated the winners of the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas on Monday, April 27, 2015.

The Congressional High School Art Competition, known as “An Artistic Discovery” is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, organized by Congressman Sessions, is open to all high school students in the district. This year the submissions were judged based upon their interpretation of the theme, “America the Beautiful.” This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.

Zoe Castineiras, junior at Parish Episcopal School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her acrylic painting entitled “Desert.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Zoe will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.

This year’s competition included 23 entries from students representing 5 local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists based upon their interpretation of this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful.” The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by Congressman Sessions’ constituents through online voting on his website.

Runners Up honors were presented to Becky Groves, a senior at JJ Pearce High School, for her oil painting “Something for Everyone” and to Julie Torres, a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, for her oil pastel painting “A Day Too Long.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Sarah Kite, a senior at John Paul II High School, for her photograph “Just a Mild Day in Texas.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ Dallas District Office for the next year.

“The award-winning art … showcased their immense talent, and I am very proud of their outstanding work,” said Sessions. “All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition exhibited dedication, creativity and passion. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.”