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.

Youtube

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.

Dropbox

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.

Google Drive – THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER TWO.

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.

Pre-MPA

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.

 Rehearse-a-thon

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

MPA

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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About Video Submissions

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

There are several ways to do this.

Youtube

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.

Dropbox

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.

Google Drive – THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER TWO.

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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End of 2nd Quarter!

I hope that everyone had a great winter break and holiday season!

As the end of the second grading period approaches please remember all grades for orchestra are due January 9th!

We’ll be doing some testing during class this week and you can also feel free to send me video tests! Please use dropbox or Youtube links only as large attachments clog my email inbox.

If you want to see your most current grade in orchestra please visit our Google Gradebook! If you’re not sure what you’re missing be sure to check your Musicianship Level sheet. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have the grade you want in orchestra.

If you do not understand how the Google Gradebook is set up  please email Mr. Gonzalez for further clarification!

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Welcome to Our New Orchestra Website!

Feel free to browse around and explore! Be sure to check our Calendar and Google Gradebook often! If you’re not sure how to navigate our gradebook or calendar, please feel free to email Mr. Gonzalez!

New to the Orchestra Program? Don’t know where to begin? Start with About Us!

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