Save the Date: Sweets and Strings Concert, Desserts and Silent Auction

Our annual Sweets and Strings concert will be held on December 5, 2017 featuring orchestras from Parkhill Junior High, North Junior High and Pearce. This event features a variety of sweets, a silent auction, and a night filled with fabulous music.  The festivities begin at 6:30pm.

We rely on the donations raised during this event to support the orchestra operating budgets at all three schools.  One of the primary fundraisers is the annual silent auction.  Please consider a donation of an item or gift certificate for PAOC to auction at the event. Click here for information about the auction and download the donation form.

Please join us on December 5 for an incredible night.  Thank you for supporting our orchestras!

All Region Orchestra Results

Congratulations to the 19 students who were selected to the 2017 All-Region Orchestra. We had the most students selected of ANY high school in RISD and the highest number in our region from a regular high school (non-Fine Arts magnet). It’s a wonderful assortment of 9-12 grade and bodes well for the continued success of our program. The music for these is VERY difficult and only a handful of students are even qualified to attempt it.

Top Row: Darren C (1st chair-highest ranked) and Sung J

Second Row: James K (1st chair, 2nd violin), Hongyi Z, and Wilson P

Third Row: Kameel D, Bryan P, Dingjing Z and Alice C

Fourth Row: Yiru O, Jack P, Barbara B and Andrew B (1st chair-highest rank)

Fifth Row: Miriam S, Erin S (alternate), Aaron B, Jacob A and Charlie B

Not pictured: Katie M (alternate)

Shop with Scrip

We will be placing an order for physical gift cards through shopwithscrip– September 28th!

Please note that you must be registered with shopwithscrip AND Prestopay to participate.  Click Here for information on how to register.

Teenage Birthday Gift Card Ideas
Barnes and Nobles, Starbucks, Subway, Movie/Fandango, Game Stop, iTunes and more

Family Birthday Gift Card Ideas
Cabela’s 11%, Columbia 12%, REI 8%
Macy’s 10%, Crate and Barrel 8%, Gap 14%, Pottery Barn 8%
Nordstrom Many restaurants


You can order Tom Thumb, Central Market or Sprouts gift cards, but please remember they will not be reloadable.  Albertson does offer a reloadable card.

We have been waiting since May for new Reloadable Tom Thumb cards.  We will let everyone know as soon as they are available.


Officer Elections: We’re looking for a few great leaders!

Officer Elections
If you are service-oriented, looking for a way to help the orchestra or just eager to make a difference, we would like you to consider running for our 2017-2018 Orchestra Council. It’s fun, an excellent way to meet people and has the added bonus of looking great on your resume. All students in each of the three orchestras are welcome to apply (9th grade too–that’s why we wait until the Fall!)

Applications are due on September 2.  For more information, visit

Conflict with Orchestra Registration

If you have a conflict with Orchestra Registration on August 17 (4-8pm, come for one hour) please read this email in full (others, stop reading.) While registration is NOT how you sign up for orchestra it IS how you get everything necessary done that we don’t have time to do in class. Here are the answers to a few of the questions we’ve had so far.
Parent can come but not the student? 
We may be able to schedule an alternate time to do uniform fitting. The parent may complete the rest of the registration process without the student if that is the only option but please make sure you are aware of your child’s contact info (ID, email, etc.).
Student can come but not the parent? 
Registration is open from 4-8pm so if it is a work issue feel free to come earlier/later than your scheduled time. If that doesn’t help…
  • Download all the forms in advance  and get everything signed and completed. You’ll also need 2 copies of your medical insurance card if applicable.
  • For fee payment, be prepared with cash, check or credit card. You can check how much you’ll need to pay by logging on to Charms or I can put you in touch with our treasurer.
  • For info completion, make sure you know your parents email(s), phones #’s etc.
Neither student nor parent can come? 
In the rare case that neither can make it, you’ll need to:
  • Schedule a uniform fitting
  • Pay your fees online (or send a check); the PAOC treasurer can assist with this process.
  • Download and complete forms. You can drop them off anytime next week in an envelope labeled with my name. Be sure to include insurance cards where applicable.
  • Log on to Charms and update all your information so we continue to reach out to only the right addresses and people.
As you can see the night is very necessary and we promise to honor your time. Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

Registration Information

Mandatory JJ Pearce Orchestra Registration

Thursday August 17, 2017
In the JJ Pearce Orchestra Room
4:00pm-6:00pm Seniors and Juniors
6:00pm-8:00pm Freshman and Sophomores
*Come anytime between 4pm-8pm that is most convenient for you!

Registration should take approximately 1 hour.

Be Prepared

  1. Know your size for uniform fittings!
    1. Boys: Pants (waist and length), Tux Shirt (collar and sleeve length)
    2. Girls: Dress size (wear shorts to try on the dress uniform)
  2. Bring your checkbook, cash, or credit card to pay for your orchestra fees

3. Bring 2 copies of your medical insurance card (front and back)

Save time and fill out the forms in advance! Click Here to download the registration packet.


Welcome Back Fundraiser: Jersey Mikes!

Welcome Back Fundraiser!!

To kick off the new year and reconnect with orchestra friends, please join us at Jersey Mikes for JJP Orchestra’s first fundraiser of the year! Bring your family and friends, as all are welcome! We will be handing out coupons for free subs during orchestra registration on August 17th. Bring in your coupon or simply tell your cashier that you are there to support JJP Orchestra, and 100% of what you spend will be donated to J.J. Pearce High School Orchestra! It’s that easy!

Thursday, August 17th to Saturday, August 19th

Anytime! Lunch or dinner!

Jersey Mike’s
1920 N. Coit (corner of Coit and Campbell)

Save the Date:Summer Socials

Mark your calendars now for our summer social events.

Saturday, June 24 5-8pm:  Swim Party

Saturday, July 8 3-6pm:  Swim Party

Saturday, August 5 4-7pm

Location information will be sent via postcard, email and Remind. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Please ensure we have an accurate email address for you as additional information will be sent throughout the summer. Contact Mrs. Livings if there are any changes or updates to your address.

Banquet details

Our annual banquet is only two days away! We look forward to seeing you:
*       6:45pm (dinner at 7pm)-11pm.
*       15909 Preston Rd., Dallas at Prestonwood Country Club (different than last year!)
*       dressy casual attire
Awards and slide show will take place from 7:30-9pm. As a new tradition, we will inviting our award recipients from last year to give the award.

Final Concert info

Parents and Students,

In addition to our departure for the Spring Trip on May 18 in the wee hours of the morning, we also have our wonderful final Spring Concert to look forward to on Wednesday, May 17, 7:00pm in the JJP Auditorium. This concert will feature our Spring Festival music, solo and ensemble features from Chamber Music Festival and a Senior sendoff. Here are the details so you can plan ahead:

8:00am               KROO meet to set up for concert
4:30-5:15pm      All Seniors and Barman quartet meet for rehearsal in aud (MANDATORY)
6:15pm               Phil/Concert meet in the orch. room for tuning (move to the stage at 6:45)
6:45pm               Chamber meet in the orchestra room for tuning (repack tuner in case)
7:00pm               Phil/Concert combo performs
~7:15pm             Solo/Ensemble features, Concert exits the stage
~7:25pm             Phil only
~7:30pm             Solo/Ensemble features, Phil exits the stage
~7:40pm             Chamber performs
~8:00pm             Senior sendoff
~8:10pm             Seniors from Phil/Concert join Chamber, final selection
~8:15pm             KROO clears stage and Orchestra room

Attire for the performance is FORMAL WEAR (tuxes, dresses etc.); do you know where are your formal wear is? If something is missing let me know this week. I have a collection of items in the handprint closet.

A special note for those going on trip: After the concert is over students GOING ON TRIP should change out of formal wear, bag uniforms and leave in the orchestra room for trip departure the next day (including bowties/cummerbunds). We will finish the concert somewhat late and leave the next day VERY EARLY. Please do not wait to pack until Wednesday night.

A special note for those NOT going on trip: After the concert is over, students NOT GOING on trip should bag uniforms and place them in the theory lab. RETURN ties and cummerbunds. Please be sure to take your dress shoes and socks out. On Thursday and Friday you will NOT go to the orchestra room; your classes will meet in the choir room.

Questions? As always just let us know!
Melissa J. Livings