Our Fall Concert is on October 17. The turn-around time for the uniform could take several weeks so it is recommended to order the uniform as soon as possible so that you will have time to make any alterations before the first concert on October 17. 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 socks are the standard uniform. Black, close toed flats are recommended for the ladies.
The orchestra is planning on traveling to Chicago, IL on March 18-22, 2020. The first group of students to sign up and make eligible first payments by September 6 will be placed on the roster for the Chicago 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.
Important Note from the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB) regarding Chicago Trip payments:
The first deposit of $200 for the Chicago trip is due on Friday, September 6. 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 6, checks will be returned and the trip will be cancelled. If we have enough deposits by September 6, we will book the trip and this first payment of $200 will become non-refundable. We look forward to a wonderful trip to Chicago with your students!
REMINDER DEADLINES: $200 – September 6 $250 – October 4 $250 – November 8 $200 – December 6 $200 – February 10
If you are interested in having your student participate, please help us plan by filling out the interest/intent survey here: Chicago Interest Form
Please join the Harrison Orchestra and the Harrison Orchestra Boosters for an Evening of Chamber Music on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 pm at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Enjoy excellent ensemble performances and delicious dessert at this fundraising event to support our wonderful orchestra program! Feel free to invite family and friends!
Tickets are available online through September 8 at: http://www.itickets.com/events/434457.html. Seating is limited, so order your tickets today! All students receive free admission. Dessert requires a ticket purchase.
Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to start school this year in our renovated orchestra room and are thrilled for this upcoming school year as our brand new Performing Arts Center is now complete! We will have our annual All Parent Booster Meeting on August 13 @ 7:00pm in the Orchestra Room where we will go over the nuts and bolts of the Harrison Orchestra Boosters (HOB) as well as a glance of the upcoming events for the year. Topics include: purpose of the HOB, budget, calendar events, uniforms, and the new Harrison String Conservatory private lessons program.
First Day of School: Students do not need to bring their instrument on the first day as we will be going over the syllabus, expectations, and procedures for the first day. Students should bring their instrument on day 2 – Friday, as Mr. Mori will be doing an instrument check.
Schedule Issues: If you have an orchestra schedule issue/problem, please see Mr. Mori at some point on the first day to go over the issue. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Because of the HOYA Awards this year, the Senior Showcase has been moved to Wednesday May 1 at the Lost Mountain MS Theater. The senior orchestra students will be performing together as an ensemble along with select solos from our senior class. Some of our smaller chamber groups will also perform on this evening’s performance.
The Harrison Orchestra’s year-end banquet will take place at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church on May 6, 2019 @ 6:00pm. Tickets must be purchased by April 25.
All orchestra students and their families are invited to attend this special year-end celebration!
Tickets: Ticket sales are now all online through All Orchestra Students can receive one complimentary meal with the promotion code: HOYA
All tickets must be purchased in advanced by April 25.
Two ways to purchase tickets:
1. Students who have sufficient funds in their orchestra account may use those funds to purchase tickets by emailing Jill Barrett at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults and non-orchestra students are $19. Children 10 and under are $10.50.
We are in need of parent volunteers for LGPE! See what our current needs are here:
All Harrison Orchestra students will be traveling to McEachern 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 McEachern High School.
March 12 at 5:00pm – Concert Orchestra LGPE March 13 at 10:00am – Classic Orchestra LGPE March 13 at 3:45pm – Chamber Orchestra LGPE
Each orchestra student will need to turn in a signed permission for LGPE. Download Permission Forms below:
The Pre-LGPE Concert will be on March 4, 2019 and will begin at 7:00pm. All orchestras will be performing their Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) program as we make preparations for the annual adjudicated Large Group Performance Evaluations.
5:30pmConcert Orchestra: Report to Main Sanctuary Stage
6:00pm Classic Orchestra: Report to Main Sanctuary Stage
6:15pm Chamber Orchestra: Report to Main Sanctuary Stage
We will have our Winter LGPE Prep Camp on Saturday February 2, 2019 from 8:30am-4:00pm. All students are expected to be at this camp as it is a critical time for the program as we dive in and refine our preparation for the Large Group Performance Evaluation.
The Harrison Orchestra Camp is an integral part of the Harrison Orchestra experience. Your son/daughter will receive approximately 6 hours of ensemble and sectional instruction with the HHSO Camp Staff. The Winter LGPE Prep Camp is essential to the progress of our orchestra program as we prepare to perform for the annual Large Group Performance Evaluations and to advance to a higher level of string performance and to develop skills as a member of an ensemble.
We are in need of snack donations and parent volunteers for Saturday. Please consider volunteering where you are able:
As we are able to bring in quality instructors for your children, orchestra camp does come at a cost not covered by the Cobb County School District. In order to provide the quality instruction for all of our students, orchestra camp is covered under the Enrichment Fees that were paid to the Harrison Orchestra Boosters. The Enrichment Fee and HOB donations enable us to invite some of the best instructors in the field so that the students are able to receive more individualized instruction, which yields a more productive and wonderful learning environment for the day. Should you have any conflicts or need assistance with the cost of camp, please email Mr. Mori (email@example.com) as all instruction is vital to the progress of our ensembles. Board members will be available on Saturday 2/2 to receive enrichment fees via debit or credit card. We can also accept cash & checks via the black box.
Please note that student drivers are not to leave campus during the lunch break in order to ensure the safety of all of our students in the orchestra program. Lunch will be provided by the Harrison Orchestra Boosters. Parents can plan on picking up their student from Harrison at 4:00pm.
We are looking forward to a wonderful camp experience and tremendous growth for all of our orchestra students at Harrison!