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

Orchestra Banquet Help Needed

Orchestra banquet is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for May, 26th from 7:00-11:00 at the Prestonwood Country Club. In order to make the banquet an awesome celebration for our kids, we need your help!

We will need volunteers for set up/decorating to show up an hour before. We need gift cards in the amounts and quantities listed for the raffle. Please bring cards to the banquet and give to either Shannon Longfield or Marcia Barkis when you arrive. We also need volunteers to check in guests. For check in please arrive 20 minutes early. We need two helpers for the raffle. No need to arrive early. Please see the sign up genius link below:

Date: 05/26/2017 (Fri.)
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm CDT
Location: Preston wood Country Club


Students, family and friends of orchestra! It’s that time of year when we come together to celebrate the many accomplishments of our orchestra students. Please join us for this fun-filled event where many students will be presented with special awards and Senior “pass-downs”, enjoy a fun slide show capturing the year gone by, and much more. It will be an evening full of wonderful company, great food, a live DJ, karaoke and casino tables. All are welcome! You won’t want to miss this!

Date: Friday, May 26th, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Prestonwood Country Club
15909 Preston Rd., Dallas
Dress: Dressy casual
Price: $30 per person; seniors pay $15 (50% discount!!)
R.S.V.P. May 17th (Spring Concert!)

Click here to download the RSVP form

Orchestra Trip Meeting–SAVE THE DATE

We will have a trip meeting on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-7:30pm in the orchestra room. Please plan to attend. To view up to date information on the trip and start your planning/generating questions visit:

There will be a hard copy version of this packet at the meeting but in the meantime everything pretty fluid as we continue to revise it. Don’t forget to join the Houston specific remind. Dial 81010 and text @jjpotrip17

Thank you for making this event a priority that evening. We are going to have an amazing trip!

Chamber Music Festival details

Parents and Students,

Richardson Chamber Music Festival (RCMF) is this SATURDAY at Berkner HS. Student performance times are listed at: EVERY member of Chamber Orchestra (2nd period) and Philharmonic (4th period) is required to participate. Many members of Concert are involved as well. If there is a problem with your time find someone to switch with and then COME SEE ME and I’ll update the schedule. Use the “Ctrl-F” function if you have multiple events.

Other details for RCMF (pre-performance):

  • Fill out a Judge Comment sheet in class (Mrs. Livings will make sure these get to the contest). This should be done Monday.
  • Have a clean, numbered copy of your music ready for the judge.
  • Dress up in conservative attire. Jeans and shorts are NOT appropriate. Think job interview or church service.
  • Arrive at Berkner HS in time to tune and warm-up; Bring your instrument, music and judge’s music.
  • Find Mrs. Livings if you need help with anything or reply to a “Remind” message and she’ll find you.
  • Check-in at the choir room no later than 20m PRIOR TO your scheduled time.
  • Soloists–Communicate your time to your accompanist and be prepared to go early/late if your accompanist is busy in another room.

Performance Notes:

  • Take time to tune with the piano; ask the judge for assistance if needed.
  • Introduce yourself to your judge and announce your selection. This is polite and will let the judge know that they have the right sheet.
  • Perform
  • Wait for your music to be returned if you’d like it back.
  • Go home and check for the results to be posted online (link coming…)
  • Don’t forget to bring your instrument back to school on Monday.

As always, let me know if you have questions.
Melissa Livings