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: http://tinyurl.com/jjpotrip17

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: http://tinyurl.com/2017PearceRCMF. 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


Orchestra family,
The choir had a major conflict with their May concert date due to a DSM Award show; they have many singers involved in this event and would have multiple absences. In the interest of our team approach in fine arts at Pearce and because we love our choir, we have agreed to switch dates. Please make note:

The Final Spring Concert for Pearce High School Orchestras will be on WEDNESDAY, May 17 at 7:00pm.

I hope you understand the reason for this change and identify no conflicts. If you do find any, let me know. The only thing I have noticed is that for those of you going on the trip, you will need to plan ahead and be sure to pack for our Houston trip in advance (Tuesday, perhaps?). We’ll be leaving at 6:00am the NEXT day (Thursday, 5/18). More details including an itinerary and packing list are forthcoming.

Have a great day! Go Mustangs!

Orchestra-Wide Garage Sale

Orchestra Families!

It’s time to do some spring cleaning! As part of our fundraising efforts, we will be hosting an orchestra wide garage sale at the JJP parking lot at Coit and Melrose on April 8th. A well planned and well organized garage sale can be very profitable, and that is where we need your help. Remember that all monies generated directly impact each and every student in orchestra.

What we need from you:

Furniture, sheets and towels, kitchen and household items, toys, books, music, outdoor equipment, clothing, shoes, and much more!
If possible, PLEASE pre-sort, bag/box, and mark items by category (eg. household goods, toys, women’s, men’s, shoes, etc.). NO PRICING NECESSARY! But if you are able to pre-sort, we can set up more efficiently!
If possible, please bring clothing on hangers.
If you have items to donate, but cannot drop them off during set-up on the morning of the sale, please contact Alicia and arrangements can be made to get the items ahead of time.
If you have a larger item(s) that you’d like to donate, and would like to avoid transporting them, please let us know and we can offer them for pre-sale either to orchestra families and/or via an on-line “garage sale.”
Please help get the word out about the sale through social media outlets and encourage friends and family to donate items and/or come shop! Use can use the attached flyer to promote our sale.
We are in need of tables, hanging racks, hangers, empty grocery bags, and food & drink donations (for volunteers and for selling). Please use the signup genius link if you can loan or donate any items. Please label any items that you loan to the sale.
Students and family members can sign up to work at the garage sale using the signup genius link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e45a4ae2da02-garage1

DATE: Saturday, April 8th
DROP-OFF AND SET-UP: 6:30 a.m.
SALE TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: JJP Parking Lot at Coit and Melrose

Any unsold items will be picked up by a charity donation truck at the end of the sale.

Thank you for your support!
Alicia Abel aliciaabel@utexas.edu
Marcia Barkis barkis@att.net

2017-2018 Pearce Chamber Music Audition excerpts now available

Current and future Pearce Students,

(JH Teachers–please pass of to your 8th graders that plan on coming to Pearce)

If you are interested in auditioning for the 2017-2018 Pearce Chamber (Varsity) Orchestra, you need to visit http://tinyurl.com/1718JJPOAudition and download/print the excerpts for your instrument (Vln 1 & 2 for violin). You should begin preparing these now for your audition in May. They are edited and bowed to my expectations so please adhere to all markings. Similar to the All-region process, you will receive a “cut” from this music to play at your audition but in the meantime you should prepare it all; recordings are available on youtube and should be utilized. In addition, you should prepare scales, sightreading (see audition letter) and the etude that will be uploaded to this folder later in April (I’ll let you know it’s there).

If you are interested in auditioning only for Philharmonic (Non Varsity), you only need to be working on scales and sightreading at this time. Your etudes/cuts will be uploaded no later than late April (we’ll email you to tell you its there). Remember, if you signed up for orchestra you are already “in,” we just need to get you in the right group. Take a look at the audition letter if you aren’t sure what is right for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Pearce, the auditions or the requirements this year. I know it’s a change from the past but the idea is that we will take one or both of these selections into the Fall to use on our TMEA Honor Recording. All Chamber members must be knowledgeable of the music in advance. Thank you and HAPPY PRACTICING!

Pearce Orchestra and soloist featured on WRR

Pearce Family,
WRR (Classic 101.1 radio) has selected our very own Darren Carter (11th grade) and the Pearce Orchestra as the very first  featured group and soloist for their media campaign. If you’d like to check it out I’ve shared the info on Twitter:
and Facebook:
and Youtube:

This is our Danse Macabre from UIL Concert & Sightreading on March 2. Happy Friday!

Need trip chaperones, please volunteer!


If you are receiving this email, your child is going on the 2017 Houston Trip and competition with the orchestra. Not to sound desperate, but as of right now we have 81 confirmed attending (wow!) and only two confirmed chaperones–JD Bondy and Jennifer Hayes. Even if Mrs. Gallman and I act as chaperones we are still three short. I have a feeling there are parents out there who have planned on attending but I don’t have your names.
If you are interested in chaperoning or are planning on it and just haven’t told me please let me know. We must have at least one per every 10 students in attendance. Here are a few details for your consideration:
  • Dates: May 18-21; cost $450/person but we can work that out
  • Chaperones are 2 per room (not 4 per like the kids); husband/wife teams welcome–find a friend and come along!
  • Grandparents and guardians are welcome as well as long as they submit to the background check.
  • If you have a younger child, you can bring them with you; this is a very family-friendly trip. (My 8-year old is coming too!)
  • Chaperones will have 10 kids assigned to check in on periodically.
Please think about it an volunteer. I appreciate your consideration in advance.