2015-2016 Orchestra Placements

Here are the Orchestra Personnel Lists for next year!

Orchestra Personnel

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

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I hope you’re having a GREAT summer!

Below are the requirements and music if you are planning to Audition for All-State Orchestra in September. Studying this music with a private teacher is HIGHLY encouraged. Registration for the auditions will take place the first week of school.


7-8 Violin
7-8 Viola (1st excerpt is misprinted)
7-8 Cello
7-8 Bass Excerpt 1
7-8 Bass Excerpt 2 (up to m.51)

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Concert Reminder!

Don’t forgot call time is 5:30PM! Beginners, you will all be getting your polos tomorrow! If you paid fairshare, you will also be getting your t-shirt! I’m so excited for tomorrow!


Also, if you are going on the field trip, be there at 7AM! Wear your orchestra t-shirt or a green t-shirt!!!

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Busch Gardens Field Trip!

It is time to start thinking about the end of the year band and orchestra trip. We will be going to Busch Gardens,Tampa Bay on Saturday May23rd. The bus will leave Chain of Lakes Middle School at 7am and will returnapproximately 7:30 pm.

Students will need to be picked up NO LATER than 8:00pm.

For our students to attend this trip we must have a four to one student to chaperone ratio. At this point we are basing the trip cost off of 160 attending students.

We will need 40 adult chaperones. All chaperones must have filled out the on-line chaperone application for the current school year on the Orange County Public Schools Volunteer application site at volunteer.ocps.net. ChaperonesMUST be a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN. You will not be able to bring any other siblings with you on this trip as it could be a distraction from your duty of watching our students.  It is suggested that your student bring $20 for the day for food and drinks.

* The trip attendance is first come first serve! The first 160 students to return all of the required items will have their seat reserved.

*BAND students must have 100 or more attitude points to attend.

*ORCHESTRA student must meet all criteria outlined in the extra-curricular code to attend.

*Payments in cash or check will not be accepted and refunds will not be approved.

 *If you have any questions, you may e-mail Mr. Olsen at david.olsen@ocps.net

Deadline for payment is Friday May 15th.

*Students must turn in a copy of their Busch Gardens Annual Pass to Mr. Olsen along with their two page permission slip.

*Please print out the 2 part permission slip and send it with your child the following day.

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Extra Evidence Opportunity!

Lake Nona High School’s production of West Side Story is this weekend! Mr. Gonzalez is performing lead violin in the orchestra pit.

There are 3 shows:

Friday and Saturday, April 24th-25th at 7pm
Sunday, April 26th at 2pm

The performances are at Lake Nona High School.

12500 Narcoossee Rd.
Orlando,  FL 32832

Tickets are $10 for general seating and $15 dollars for preferred seating. I hope you can make it!

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Upcoming Rehearsals!

Hello All,

What a great semester it has been! Chamber, Symphonic, and Overture Orchestras all brought back Overall Superiors from our District MPA this year!

We also have a concert coming up on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 6:30PM. It will take place at Chain of Lakes Middle School.

We will also be having after school rehearsals as our Symphonic Orchestra joins our Full Orchestra Winds and we perform as the Chain of Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In order to put together a performance of such large scale (over 70 musicians!) we will be having several before and after school rehearsals.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 20th – 8am – 9am *Wind, Brass, Percussion Only
Thursday, April 23rd – 8am – 9am *Wind, Brass, Percussion Only
Monday, April 27th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Thursday, April 30th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Monday, May 4th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Thursday, May 7th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Monday, May 11th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Thursday, May 14th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Monday, May 18th – 4:00p – 5:15p
Wednesday, May 20th – Dress Rehearsal for ALL ORCHESTRAS – 3p – 6p

Please contact me via phone call or written note if there is a scheduling conflict for ANY of the previous dates.

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Video Submissions Revisted

I know some of you are wondering how you can get orchestra videos to me!

There are several ways to do this.


Upload your video from your phone or computer. Check the privacy settings and click “Unlisted.” On the main page of your video you should see a link to the page that you can paste in an email and send to jeancarlo.gonzalezcruz@ocps.net.


After you have uploaded your video to the dropbox folder. On your phone go to the file you wish to send, share it to email, and send it to jeancarlo.gonzalezcruz@ocps.net.


This is similar to Dropbox except that you will need to make sure that the security are such that anyone with the link can view the video! OR you can share the video with COLMSOrchestra@gmail.com. If you have a gmail account, you have a Google Drive!

Please submit videos ONLY in one of those three ways. Any video attachments that come to my OCPS email will be deleted immediately. If you have any questions please free to email me!

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Orchestra Update: MPA Edition!

There are many activities and events going on for our Chamber, Symphonic, and Overture Orchestras as well as individual students this spring! Stay up to date!

Here is what is coming up!

Solo and Ensemble

Saturday, February 6 – 7 – Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment at Lake Nona Middle School.

  • If your student is participating at this event, he or she has already received his or her performance time. Please communicate to make sure your child knows his/her time.  If not, send me an email!
  • Students should dress professionally (orchestra uniform always works).
  • Students should arrive no later than 30 minutes before their first scheduled event.
  • The student may choose to wait for their scores or can opt to leave following their performance and receive the scores on Monday after we get back.


Thursday, February 12 – Olympia High School at 5:30PM

  • COLMS Overture, Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras,  as well as Gotha and Windy Ridge Middle School Orchestras, will be performing for mock MPA judges. This simulation will give students an opportunity to perform in front of an audience and receive feedback from some amazing Orchestra teachers.
  • Students should report to the Olympia High School cafeteria no later than 4:45PM in FORMAL concert dress with instrument and music in hand. Students will be marked tardy beginning at 5:00PM.
  • Please arrange to transport instruments to Olympia High School (including school cellos and basses), as no instrument transport will be provided by COLMS.
  • Please plan to stay for the ENTIRE performance.


Friday, February 20 – COLMS at 4PM – 9PM

  • Students will rehearse in two distinct ways during this event:
    • in small sections with instructors on their individual parts.
    • in full ensemble setting with a guest clinician.
  • Students should plan to stay for the entire event.
  • Event is free but a donation of $2 to defray the cost of food is


Friday – Saturday, March 5- 7 –Howard Middle School. A specific date and time TBA soon.

  • Overture, Symphonic, and Chamber orchestra will be playing for a panel of high qualified judges. Each orchestra will then receive feedback and a rating.
  • If your child will be unable to attend, please contact me no later than February 20th.
  • The cost is free for students who paid the minimum fairshare ($35) at the beginning of the year or approximately $15 (exact cost will be determined) for those that did not. This will be used to defray cost of buses and registration. No student will be turned away from this event for inability to pay so please contact me privately with any questions or concerns.
  • You will receive a permission slip for this event shortly.  Please pay close attention to the due date.

Volunteers Needed!

If you are available and interested in helping with any of these events please contact me. Here is what we need.

  • Mock MPA – We need 2 parent instrument transporters and 4 parent volunteers to sit with students.
  • Rehearse-a-thon – We need at least 4 parents. We need help to set up dinner for students as well as to help clean the cafeteria after dinner. A photographer for the event would also be GREAT!
  • MPA – We need at least 10 chaperones and 3 or 4 instrument transporters for this event.

In order to volunteer for any of these events you must be approved through ADDitions. Go to volunteer.ocps.net complete the volunteer application and be sure to select Chain of Lakes Middle School as one of your volunteer sites!

Please contact Mr. Gonzalez if you have ANY questions!

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Rehearse-a-thon Cancelled for 2/4/2015

It will be rescheduled for Friday, February 20th, 2015. More information coming shortly.

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Music Performance Assessment Season is Here!

There are many activities and events going on for our Chamber, Symphonic, and Overture Orchestras as well as individual students this spring! Stay up to date!

Here is a quick synopsis of our events! Details will come later. All dates and events are required and have been on our calendar since August.

  • February 4 – Rehearse-a-thon: POSTPONED UNTIL 2/20/15
    • Students will rehearse in small sections with instructors on their instrument and in full orchestra with a guest clinician.
  • February 6 – 7 – Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment at Lake Nona Middle School
    • All Chamber Orchestra students and select Symphonic Orchestra students.
    • Times TBA
  • February 12 – Pre-MPA concert at Olympia High School at time TBA (this will be after school).
    • Chain of Lakes, Gotha, and Windy Ridge Middle Schools will perform their MPA music for a mock panel of judges and feedback will be given.
  • March 5, 6, 7 – Music Performance Assessments for Chamber, Symphonic and Overture Orchestas at Howard Middle School
    • Time and date will be available soon.
      • We will only perform on one of those days and we applied to perform on March 7th. (Chamber may be on a separate day).

Please contact Mr. Gonzalez if you have ANY questions!

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