Harrison Hosting Orchestra LGPE – Volunteers Needed!

LGPE Volunteers

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 available to volunteer, you can signup here:
LGPE PARENT Volunteer SignupGenius


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      

Upcoming Freshman Meeting – Register for Orchestra!

The upcoming freshman meeting for all current 8th grade students who will be attending Harrison next fall will take place in the Harrison Orchestra room on February 2, 2023 @ 6:30pm.

The meeting will consist of information about the orchestra program as well as insight from our current high school students on their experience of transitioning from middle school to high school.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Harrison High School Orchestra program!
Please fill out the Orchestra Information Form Below: 

Click to download the Harrison Orchestra Freshman Information Packet 2023

2022 Winter Extravaganza Tickets ON SALE NOW!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at: https://harrisonhs.booktix.com

Adults – $10
Students – $5

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:

If you have any questions, please reach out to: president@harrisonorchestra.org

All Parent Meeting August 9

Location: Harrison Performing Arts Center
Time: 7:00pm

The All Parent Booster Meeting on August 9 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 22.
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 on September 22. 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.

Enrichment Fees

Details about Orchestra Enrichment Fees and how to pay can be found here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/enrichment-fees/

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

2022-23 Orchestra Calendar

You can download the 2022-23 Orchestra Calendar here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/calendar


Fall 2022 Syllabus

You can find and download the Fall 2022 Syllabus on CTLS under the “class board”.


2023 Spring Orchestra Trip Washington D.C.
We are making plans to go to Washington D.C. on March 22-26, 2023. We are currently finalizing plans and will send out more information soon. The first group of students to sign up and make eligible payments will be placed on the roster for the Washington D.C. Trip. Priority will be given by seniority and timeliness of payments. After the first bus is filled, the next group of students will be placed on a waiting list until we have enough for a second bus. In the event that the second bus fills, we will place the next group of students on a waiting list. 

2022 Orchestra Banquet – May 20 @ 6PM

The 2022 Harrison Orchestra banquet will take place at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church on May 20, 2020 @ 6:00pm.

The annual Spring Orchestra Banquet is a special event for all students and families as we celebrate the year and recognize student achievements with an awards ceremony, dinner, and recognition of our senior class.
The banquet will include dinner which will be catered by Burnt Hickory Baptist Church.
Cost per person is:
$0 Harrison Orchestra student (covered by Enrichment Fees)
$20 per adult
$10 per child (10 years old and under)










RSVP by sending an email to our orchestra president Mr. David Koontz at: davidjkoontz@yahoo.com. Please list your child’s name as well as the name of anyone else who will be attending the orchestra banquet. Checks can be made payable to: Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB) and dropped in the black lock box located in the orchestra room. All orchestra students and their families are invited to attend this special year-end celebration!

Questions?  Email David Koontz at: davidjkoontz@yahoo.com

2022 LGPE – February 14-16

All Harrison Orchestra students will be traveling to Walton High School for the annual Large Group Performance Evaluations. Parents are welcome to attend the performances which will take place in the Performing Arts Center of Walton High School.

Volunteer Needs:

We are in need of parent volunteers for LGPE!  We currently need a couple of chaperones to ride the bus with us to Walton HS and back to Harrison for each orchestra’s performance. In addition, we are looking for a couple of parent drivers who can help us transport double basses from Walton HS back to Harrison on Feb. 15 & 16. If you are available to help, please send an email to Mr. Mori: Koji.Mori@cobbk12.org

Performance Times:

February 14 at 10:30am – Classic Orchestra LGPE February 15 at 5:00pm – Chamber Orchestra LGPE February 16 at 11:00am – Philharmonia Orchestra LGPE

Permission Forms:

Each orchestra student will need to turn in a signed permission for LGPE. Download Permission Forms below:

 February 14, 2022 – Classic Orchestra LGPE Permission Form and Schedule



February 15, 2022 – Chamber Orchestra LGPE Permission Form and Schedule 

 February 16, 2022 – Philharmonia Orchestra LGPE Permission Form and Schedule 



Pre-LGPE Concert 2/7/22 @ 7pm

The Pre-LGPE Concert will take on Monday February 7, 2022 at 7:00pm. All orchestras will be performing their Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) program as we make preparations for the annual adjudicated GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations.

5:45pm Classic Orchestra: Report to Orchestra Room in Uniform

6:00pm Classic Orchestra: Report to Orchestra Room in Uniform

6:15pm Chamber Orchestra: Report to Orchestra Room in Uniform

Students: Please Read the Performance Guidelines PDF below for more details.

2022 Spring Orchestra Trip Information

Detailed Trip Packet as of 3.22.22

Food Allergy Information:

For those who would like to look ahead on what food options are available with possible allergy accomodation needs, please take a look at the information in the links below:



Trip Memo as of 1.18.22


 Trip Itinerary as of 1.11.22
Orlando Trip Permission Form


Harrison Orchestra Boosters

$150.00 – October 15, 2021 $150.00 – November 12, 2021 $150.00 – December 3, 2021 $150.00 – February 4, 2022 $100.00 – March 4, 2022 (Final Balance)

All payments should be made via check payable to: Harrison Orchestra Boosters with your child’s name (first and last) in the memo.

Checks should be turned into the black lock box located in the front of the orchestra room or mail them to:

Harrison Orchestra Boosters Attn: HOB Spring Trip 2022 4500 Due West Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30152

A Message from the Harrison Orchestra Boosters:

All students must be up to date on their enrichment fees. This is important for our orchestra program so that it may continue to operate as planned for the year. Enrichment fee invoices of $150 for the fall semester were sent to all orchestra families’ last semester from the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB). Enrichment fee invoices of $150 for the spring semester will be coming out soon. If you have any questions or would like to check the status of your enrichment fee payment, please send an email to: president@harrisonorchestra.org

We are excited and looking forward to a great trip to Orlando in March 2022!

Orchestra Travel Policy and Eligibility:

Should an incident occur deemed by the orchestra director severe enough that it warrants sending my child home, I acknowledge that I am responsible for all transportation (including air fare) for my child and an accompanying chaperone. I am also aware that NO REFUND will be given if my child is removed due to a Cobb County School District policy being broken. Any student enrolled in the full-year of orchestra class is eligible. Students must be currently active in the program when the trip occurs and must be in good standing with the school and organization. Students must maintain exemplary grades and conduct throughout the school year to be permitted to participate in this event. It is imperative that students maintain excellent discipline and grades throughout the year. ALL SCHOOL RULES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE TRIP.

Chaperones Forms

Background Check Consent Form

Winter Orchestra LGPE Prep Camp 1/22/22

Winter Orchestra LGPE Prep Camp – Saturday January 22, 2022

Location: Harrison HS

We will have our Winter Large Group Performance Evaluation Prep Camp on Saturday January 22, 2022 from 8:30am-4:00pm. All students are expected to be at this camp as it is a critical time for the program to dive in and refine our preparation for the annual Large Group Performance Evaluation. We will have many guest clinicians including: professors from Georgia State University, retired director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and metro Atlanta professional educators and musicians coming in to work with our students for this one-day event. It will be a wonderful day of music making and learning. 

Donations & Volunteers Needed

We are in need of donations and volunteers for our upcoming winter camp. If you are able to donate an item and/or your time, we would sincerely appreciate it. 

Sign-up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4baaaa2daa8-orchestra

Camp Schedule

(Click above for details)