Orchestra Shenanigans: Party Saturday, Annual White Elephant event next week

Hi all,
It is that time of the year—our annual holiday party is this Saturday, December 10th. It will be hosted by the Braht’s (2402 Skyview Dr, 75080) from 7-10 pm. We’re going to have a gingerbread house decorating contest and a Super Smash Bros tournament, as well as a ton of cookies and food. If you can help bringing something again, we’d really appreciate it. Sign up here to bring food: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4EA9AE2A1-christmas

Also, next week we continue our annual Holiday tradition of White Elephant gift exchanges/party on exam day (your final exam was your concert). Stephanie and Oscar came to class to explain this and there will also be a sign with info. Here’s the gist:
2nd/5th pd: Thursday, Dec. 16/4th pd: Friday, Dec 17

Everyone, bring a wrapped gift (gender-neutral is best) to be part of the White Elephant gift exchange game; it’s not required but you are going to want to participate. It can be inexpensive, a re-gift, simple gift card or something creative. You probably have something in you house right now. Wrapping can be nice or not; your choice but do make sure it is covered. Everyone leaves with somethign.

We’ll also have a party that day so bring cards, food/desserts, games etc. to share with your orchestra friends. Don’t have an exam during one of the periods above? Join another orchestra’s fun.

Sweets and Strings Concert details

For our Sweets and String Concert here are the specifics you need to know. Parents, please volunteer to help if you haven’t already. We still need people to bake and serve, etc. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea9ae2a1-sweets/590695:

Entry/Exit: All parents/audience members will enter through the door by the Blackbox Theatre (just to the West of the Auditorium along the circle drive). The foyer to the auditorium will be filled with auction items so we are asking that everyone please use only the exit by the Blackbox.

Sweets: Dessert pre-order tickets will be available at the entrance by the Blackbox; if you did not pre-order for desserts/beverages you may purchase tickets on site (first come-first serve availability). Please limit food/drink consumption to the designated area in the foyer outside the Blackbox. No food or drink is allowed in the auction area (auditorium foyer) or the auditorium itself. All proceeds benefit the orchestra kids directly.

Auction: Come ready to do some holiday shopping at our Silent Auction when not watching groups play. We will have a variety of items open for bidding in the auditorium foyer (like our own “Black Friday”! You do not have to be present to win; cash, check and credit card payments accepted. All proceeds benefit our orchestra.

Performance details:
Attire is orchestra shirt and jeans. Feel free to wear festive hats, etc.
The concert starts at 6:00pm with our wonderful JH performances.
5th period/Concert: Unpack/warm-up @6:15/Perform @7pm
4th period/Philharmonic: Unpack/warm-up @6:50/Perform @7:30pm
2nd period/Chamber: Unpack/warm-up @7:20/Perform @8pm

Picture Details and Order Form

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

Date: Tuesday, November 15

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

  • Chamber Group/Individuals: 5:00-5:30pm
  • Concert Group/Individuals: 5:30-6:00pm
  • Philharmonic 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. Maple Leaf Strings is a trusted vendor and will be available to answer questions.
  • Spirit Banner Making: 5-7:30pm-Students, come assist your officers with our Houston-themed banners for the orchestra room. May the best section win

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 and play on an “advanced” instrument. Thank you in advance for keeping this time open in your calendar.

photoad-form-pearceorch16 (pdf)

2nd Annual Sweets & Strings Orchestra Concert–ACTION REQUIRED


In just a few short weeks we will feature our groups at the 2nd Annual Sweets and Strings Concert in the JJP Auditorium. As many of you may remember this event also features an array of desserts (sweets) and a Silent Auction that benefits PAOC, our Orchestra Booster club and the many activities they sponsor for our students.
Pre-Order Dessert Coupons are due BEFORE Thanksgiving. To order please use the attached form. Cash is acceptable; all checks should be made payable to PAOC. Coupons will be ready at “Will Call” on the night of the event. We will sell coupons the night of but pre-order will eliminate the need to bring cash.
We need lots of help during this event (HS and JH parents!); please sign up to help with your time or your kitchen at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea9ae2a1-sweets
Finally, our Auction Chair, Dan Kasten has collected some wonderful auction items for us to bid on at this event, but if you have something to donate please contact him (service or actual item). The auction flyer is the 2nd page of the attached file. No donation is to small! Thanks for your help.
As with all orchestra events, please let me know if you have any questions!

Gift Cards make wonderful Holiday Gifts!


Get credit towards your student’s Spring Trip/Orchestra Fees and physical gift cards for friends and family Holiday Gifts!

Are you trading Holiday gifts with family during Thanksgiving?
Make your purchase before Nov. 12th for delivery before Thanksgiving Break.

Or  Order

Dec. 9th for delivery before Winter Break.

*Sorry, orders can only be made with PrestoPay*

Questions- email Karen Vaughn at karen@vaughnhome.net

Orchestra Regional Success!

I wanted to take a moment to share some Orchestra Success at our October 22 All-Region Orchestra Auditions. Fifteen (15) students were selected to participate in the 2016 All-Region Orchestra. Pearce students make up about 20% of the orchestra this year and have a member in each section!
On violin—Seniors, Miranda Ambrose and Yu Lai; Juniors, Darren Carter, Sung Jung, James Kasten, Alice Chen and Dingjing Zhou; Freshman, Kameel Dossal and Yiru Ouyang (25% of the region violins are from Pearce!!!)
On viola—Senior, Stephanie Bullard; Junior, Barbara Barman; Freshman, Andrew Bondy
On cello—Sophomore, Erin Schlossstein
On bass—Sophomore, Charlie Bromley
Go Mustangs #RISDgreatness

These amazing musicians will participate in a clinic and concert this December. Please look for these students in your classes and congratulate them when you see them for all their hard work. Go Mustangs!2016allregion

Orchestra Picture & Step-up Drive–SAVE THE DATE

Parents and Students,

Please mark Tuesday, November 15 in your calendars as a MANDATORY (and graded) orchestra event. We will have pictures from approximately 5-7:30pm in the orchestra room and you must be present when your group is scheduled. Let me know if you have any conflicts I should attempt to work around. The final schedule will come out next week with our picture order form.
Also, that evening we will have a “step-up” drive for those who may be considering an instrument upgrade. If you are still playing on your 6th grade instrument, that could be you; while not required a more professional instrument can help you turn the page on your progress. Maple Leaf Strings will be on site with sample instruments and pricing. No purchase necessary that evening; come play and have fun trying out with a new instrument! It is recommended that your private lesson teacher be invited also if you are serious about buying/renting a new instrument.
Finally, we will continue our tradition of “ungraying” the orchestra room with section-specific banners. After pictures, join our officers in the cafeteria for banner-making.

Orchestra Halloween Party

Buddy week is in full swing and it’s time to get excited for the big “REVEAL.” Come find out who your buddy was/meet some people at our annual Halloween Party. Here are the details:

HALLOWEEN PARTY–FREE and open to all orchestra members:

Location: MacKinnon’s Home (Brielle MacKinnon, Phil harp) 6012 Oakcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75248.

Saturday, 2-4pm

Activities: Costume Contest, pumpkin decorating contest (pumpkins and supplies provided), and a Super Smash Bros tournament (with prizes for the winners of all).

Please use the SignUpGenius below to sign up to bring food etc.


Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Oscar Barkis and Stephanie Bullard


Contact Lisa Mackinnon with questions: lisa.mackinnon@gmail.com

SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea9ae2a1-halloween

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