Enrichment to Invest in Helping-Orchestra-Youth-Achieve-Success (HOYAS)
Cobb County funds only a small portion of the annual expense of running our wonderful orchestra program at Harrison. The general operating budget of the Harrison Orchestra Boosters supports the Harrison Orchestra program by providing enrichment above what is supplied from the county, such as: providing regular professional clinicians to work with the students in a smaller student to teacher ratio, providing orchestra camp, providing tools and equipment for the orchestra, paying for ensemble evaluation fees, music resources, maintaining instruments, subsidizing field trips and the end of year banquet. The enrichment fees associated with the Harrison Orchestra Boosters are assessed so that all of the orchestra students at Harrison can have a quality experience above what is provided from the county. To assist in meeting this budget, the Harrison Orchestra Boosters, Inc. coordinates several fundraisers including the Sponsorship Program.
In addition to the general operating budget, a student’s family should anticipate paying bi-annual orchestra Enrichment Fees. Trips necessitate additional costs. Through the fundraising programs, students not only assist the orchestra in reaching its general operation budget but can also earn credits which can be used to offset costs for any orchestra associated items such as: Trips, Spirit Wear, and Enrichment Fees.
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Enrichment Fees are $300/year or $150/semester and can be paid online or sent in via check to the black lock box in the orchestra room.
Checks should be made payable to: Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB). Please write your student’s name in the “memo” section and drop in the black lock box located in the front of the orchestra room.
Sibling Discount: For families with 2 children who are both currently in the orchestra program, there is a “Sibling #2” discount of $75/semester. If paying online, select the regular “Full Year” or “Fall/Spring Semester” and complete payment for the first child. After completing the transaction, come back and select “Full Year Sibling #2” or “Fall/Spring Semester Sibling #2” and complete payment for the second child.
The Harrison Orchestra Boosters would like to invite community businesses for our Community Partners Sponsorship program. If you would like to market your advertisement in our concert programs and featured on the displays prior to our concerts, please consider joining us as a community partner. This is a 50/50 fundraiser which means that 50% will go towards the orchestra general fund and 50% will go towards student credits that can be used towards anything orchestra related including enrichment fees, spirit wear, field trips, etc. More details can be found here:
The All Parent Booster Meeting on August 15 covered important orchestra information including: the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB), enrichment fees, fundraisers, events for the year, uniforms, and the announcement of the spring orchestra trip.
If you were not able to attend the meeting or were not able to get a hard copy of all of the documents at the meeting, please see below for the information/PDFs:
Uniforms (Order ASAP)
Our Fall Concert is on September 21.
The turn-around time to receive the uniform can take up to 4 weeks so it is recommended to order the uniform as soon as possible in order to have time to make any alterations before the first concert. All students have a “Uniform Assignment” which will entail them wearing their full uniform with black shoes and holding their instrument in their correct playing posture. Please help them take their photo (on their device will work fine) and they should bring it to class for their uniform assignment. Hair should be pulled away from the face. Returning orchestra students should check the status of their uniform to ensure that they have located all parts of their uniform and to ensure that their uniform still fits. Information on How to Order the uniform (and specific parts) can be found below. Once your uniform arrives, please have your student try it on and move in it as though they are playing their instrument. It may need to be adjusted/hemmed by a tailor.
Shoes/Undergarments: All students should wear appropriate black undergarments under their uniform. Black, closed toed dress shoes and long black socks are the standard uniform. Black, close toed flats are highly recommended for the ladies.
Although we will be using CTLS for class information, the Harrison Orchestra Boosters will be using a management system called CutTime in order to communicate with families as needed. CutTime also allows you to see financial information regarding fundraisers and status updates on enrichment fees. All students are already registered in CutTime. However we are in need of parents to register. For information on registering for CutTime, please go to: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/cuttime/
Volunteers & Help Needed!
The Harrison Orchestra Boosters would love to have you join us in Helping Orchestra Youth Achieve Success! We would love to have you help us with our committees this year! You can help by filling out the Volunteer “Talent Wanted” form here: https://tinyurl.com/4vzcre6v
Harrison String Conservatory
We highly encourage taking private lessons as students are able to grow at a faster rate with one-on-one instruction. The HOB has created a private lesson program as a convenience for students to take private lessons after school on campus. More details can be found here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/lessons
All students are expected to attend as this is an important weekend of growth for our orchestras as we bring in several professional clinicians to work with our students. The HOB will provide pizza on Friday evening. For Saturday, we will need snack donations as the students will have a mid-morning snack. Bananas and prepackaged snacks such as granola bars with NO nuts would be greatly appreciated! Students should plan on bringing their own sack lunch for Saturday.
At the end of orchestra camp, we will be going to Stars & Strikes to celebrate the hard work of our students and give our students an opportunity to meet and get to know one another further. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy pizza, soda, bowling, and unlimited games together at Stars & Strikes. The HOB will be subsidizing this experience so that the cost is only $10/student. We will take a one-way bus ride to Stars & Strikes from Harrison HS and parents should plan on picking up their student from Stars & Strikes (2400 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, GA 30157) at 6:30pm on 8/19.
If a student will be driving, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm that they are driving themselves to Stars & Strikes. The $10 can be paid via cash or check payable to Harrison Orchestra Boosters, to the black lock box in the orchestra room or can be paid via PayPal by sending $10 below:
We will need student and parent volunteers for this week’s LGPE as we prepare to host 45+ orchestras at Harrison HS! We are in need of some parent volunteers at specific times to help assist us throughout the LGPE days next week on March 8-10.
If you are not available to volunteer your time but would like to help us by donating some snack/water items for our LGPE judges and volunteers, please consider signing up here: LGPE Snack/Water Donation SignupGenius
Students have the opportunity to earn service hours for helping and volunteering with LGPE and are encouraged to signup for any time slot that is available here: LGPE Student Volunteer SignupGenius
Winter Extravaganza Rehearsal – December 7 In order to prepare for the Winter Extravaganza Concert, we will have one afternoon to rehearse with all of the fine arts groups after school. Rehearsal times will take place after school at the following times.
Rehearsal Times on 12/7: 3:45 – 4:30pm Freshman Philharmonic 4:30 – 5:15pm Classic Orchestra 5:15 – 6:00pm Chamber Orchestra
Winter Extravaganza Concert – December 8 at 7:00pm (Hoya Center) The Winter Extravaganza is an annual collaboration concert that will feature holiday music with the Harrison Fine Arts department and will include combined/joint performances of the band, chorus, orchestra, and theater programs along with a visual display from our visual arts program. This will be a ticketed event and proceeds will benefit the Harrison Fine Arts programs.
Call Times on 12/8: 6:00pm Chamber Orchestra 6:30pm Classic Orchestra & Freshman Philharmonic
Volunteers Needed to Help with Decorations for the Winter Extravaganza Concert We are in need of some volunteers for our upcoming Winter Extravaganza. If you have a tree, lights or other items that you might be able to bring and set-up/breakdown for the Thursday December 8, we would very much appreciate it!
If you are able to bring in some items for the evening, please signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4aa4a92fa20-winter2
If you have any questions, please reach out to: email@example.com
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with offsetting the cost of the spring orchestra trip along with the general orchestra budget, which includes the ability for us to continue bringing in our wonderful professional clinicians. Each student will receive half of the profits they bring in for the fundraiser. At the end of the fundraiser, the HOB will send an email letting each individual know how much they earned, which they can use towards enrichment fees, the spring trip, or any other orchestra related fees. There will also be gift card prizes for the overall top three sellers.
This fundraiser is running from today and will end on Sunday November 20 at 8:00AM.
Our Fall Concert is on September 22 and will begin at 7:00pm in the Harrison Performing Arts Center. Performance Guidelines including call times for all orchestra students can be found here: 2022 Winter Concert Performance Guidelines
Students should eat dinner before arriving at Burnt Hickory.