2022 Spring Orchestra Trip Information

2022 Spring Orchestra Trip – Universal Studios Sound Design Workshop

The Harrison Orchestra will be traveling to Orlando, FL on March 29-31, 2022 to take part in the Universal Studios Sound Design Workshop. The orchestra will prepare a film clip of an animated feature film and students will experience the recording process of recording their performance in one of Universal Studios’ professional recording studios. Students will learn the process of how film scores are engineered with film and learn the process of how films come to life through music. For more information about the Sound Design Workshop, see the video below:

 

 

TRIP MEMO / ITINERARY / PERMISSION FORM:

Please read the Orlando Trip Memo (As of 1.18.22) which includes details about the trip. All students must turn in a signed consent form and permission form by March 4.

Trip Memo as of 1.18.22

 

 Trip Itinerary as of 1.11.22
Orlando Trip Permission Form

Payments

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)

 

8th Grade Meeting – Register for the Harrison Orchestra!

We will have a meeting for all current 8th grade students who will be attending Harrison next fall in the orchestra room on January 13, 2022 @ 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 2022

Winter Extravaganza Tickets On Sale Now!

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

Adults – $10
Students – $5

Winter Extravaganza Rehearsal – December 8
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 12/8:
4:00 – 4:45pm Freshman Philharmonic
4:45 – 5:30pm Classic Orchestra                                       
5:30 – 6:15pm Chamber Orchestra

Winter Extravaganza Concert – December 9 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 12/9:
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 to help decorate for the Winter Extravaganza concert this Thursday December 9. If you are available to help and/or bring some décor such as Christmas trees, prop-presents, and lights, we would love to have you! If you are available to volunteer and/or have any questions, please send an email to David Koontz at: president@harrisonorchestra.org.

8th Grade Orchestra Night @ Harrison HS

8th Grade Orchestra Night – October 12, 2021

UPDATE as of 10/11/2021: The performance will take place in the Harrison HS Performing Arts Center

Fill out the 8th Grade Orchestra Night Registration Form  to let us know what instrument you play and let us know your t-shirt size:

We are excited to have our 8th grade orchestra students from Lost Mountain MS and McClure MS join us on October 12 at 5:30pm for a wonderful evening of music making with the Harrison HS Orchestra! Students will have the opportunity to eat pizza, meet both current Harrison HS students as well as other 8th grade orchestra students who will be attending Harrison next year, rehearse music together, and perform a concert together in the Harrison High School Presidential Gym.

Dress: This event is a casual concert. Students should plan on wearing nice jeans (no holes), and comfortable shoes. The Harrison Orchestra will provide a Harrison Orchestra t-shirt for all 8th Graders! 
Please remember this is a school event and school dress code applies. Dress code violations will result in the student being sent home and unable to participate.

Families and students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Harrison High School for this event.

Schedule: 

  • 5:30 pm: Parents drop off students at Harrison HS Café entrance (west side of campus) located past the roundabout and clocktower. Harrison Orchestra students will be welcoming 8th grade orchestra students and guiding them to instrument storage locations.
  • 5:45 pm: Pizza Dinner and games with Harrison HS Orchestra Students
  • 6:30 pm: Rehearsal 
  • 7:30pm: Performance

Parents: You are welcome and encouraged to attend the performance at 7:30 pm! Please allow plenty of time to find parking. If your child is using a school cello or bass, you will be responsible for returning the instrument back to the school after the concert.

 

 

Fall Orchestra Camp August 13 & 14

Our Fall Orchestra Camp is a very important time for all of our orchestra students’ growth as they engage, interact, and work with professional clinicians so that they may increase their skill level both individually and as an ensemble. Please plan on sending a sack lunch with your student (no nut or cinnamon products due to allergies). You can find details about our orchestra camp as well as the schedule here: 
If you are able to volunteer and/or donate snack items for our camp, we would greatly appreciate it! You can sign-up to volunteer and bring snacks here:

We will conclude the orchestra camp on Saturday 8/14 by going to
Stars & Strikes (2400 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, GA 30157).
Please fill out this online form to let us know if you plan on having your student participate in Stars & Strikes:

All students going to Stars & Strikes must complete and turn in the:

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Parent Meeting on August 10

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

We will have our annual All Parent Booster Meeting take place on Tuesday August 10 at 7:00pm in the Harrison Performing Arts Center. The meeting will cover important information for the orchestra including: the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB), the annual budget, 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 on September 21. 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/

Community Partner / Sponsorship Program

If you have a business or know of one that may be interested in sponsoring our orchestra program and gaining a wider audience through advertisement at all of our concerts, please click below for more information:

Harrison String Conservatory

More details can be found here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/lessons

2021-22 Orchestra Calendar

You can download the 2021-22 Orchestra Calendar here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/calendar

 

Fall 2021 Syllabus

You can download the Fall 2021 Syllabus here: Harrison Orchestra Syllabus 21

 

Fall Orchestra Camp

You can find all information about the fall orchestra camp here: http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/2021/08/09/fall-orchestra-camp-8-13-8-14/

2022 Spring Orchestra Trip to Orlando, FL
We are planning on going to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL on March 24-27, 2022. The first group of students to sign up and make eligible payments will be placed on the roster for the Orlando 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. In the event that the second bus does not fill and there is not an available spot on the trip for your student, your check/payment will be returned. 

For an overview of our trip, please click here: 

If you are interested in having your student participate, please help us plan by filling out the interest/intent survey here: 

If you are interested in chaperoning the trip, please send an email to: koji.mori@cobbk12.org.

From the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB) regarding Universal Studios Orlando Trip payments

The first deposit of $160 for the Universal Studios Orlando trip is due on Friday, September 10. Please remember to send a check into the black box in the orchestra room made out to: Harrison Orchestra Boosters. Enrichment fees of $150 for the fall semester MUST be paid first to be added to the trip roster and for the trip deposit to be accepted. If we do not have enough deposits by September 10, checks will be returned and the trip will be cancelled. If we have enough deposits by September 10, we will book the trip and this first payment of $160 will become non-refundable. We look forward to a wonderful trip to Universal Studios with your students!

REMINDER DEADLINES:
$160 – September 10 (non-refundable)
$160 – October 8
$160 – November 12
$160 – December 3
$160 – February 4 (Final Balance)

Freshman Orchestra Field Day Event on 7/24

Happy Summer and Welcome to the Harrison Orchestra!

We will have an event for our upcoming freshman orchestra students on Saturday July 24 from 1-3pm at Oregon Park. This event is an opportunity for our upcoming freshman orchestra students to get to know one another as well as the orchestra leadership team so that they will know some friendly faces before starting school at Harrison in August. Upcoming freshman orchestra students should plan on wearing comfortable clothing and tennis shoes as we will have fun games, snacks, and ice cream available. No instruments needed for this event. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Mori at: Koji.Mori@cobbk12.org

 

Awards Celebration at 7pm in PAC

Orchestra Awards Celebration at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center

The Orchestra Awards Celebration will take place in the Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Tuesday May 11, 2021. Due to the scheduling and logistics involved with the series of AP Testing taking place in the HOYA Center, the event is being moved to the Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located on the west side of campus just beyond the clock tower at the round-about.

The awards celebration will showcase and feature: Music Letter and Merit recognitions, Fine Arts Diploma Seal recognitions, Distinguished Service Awards, Musical Achievement recognitions, Senior Posters, and an End-of-Year Video. This event will follow the updated CCSD safety protocols and will have a maximum of 250 people (includes students and parents) to enable us to adequately social distance and follow CCSD guidelines.

Attire: This event is similar to a banquet and students attending should plan on dressing nicely (i.e., “Sunday Best”). All attire must be school appropriate as school dress code will remain in effect for the event.