AHSO Newsletter 03-30-18 Spring Break Edition

It’s hard to believe that Spring is upon us. The second semester always seems to fly by. April and May will be busy months, so please be ready and do not catch the fever (Spring Fever!). Below is some orchestra information you need.

Playing Tests

The following playing tests are due by Sunday, April 15 by 11:59 PM.  Please use this form.

Concert Orchestra – Mystical Portal

  • Violin I – 49-57
  • Violin II – 67-75
  • Viola – 87-95
  • Cello – 57-67
  • Bass – 1-13

Philharmonia  – La Paloma

  • Violin 1/2 – 32-49
  • Viola – 15-29
  • Cello – 15-29
  • Bass – 81-end

Sinfonia – Idylls of Pegasus

  • Violin 1 – 82-94
  • Violin 2 – 104-117
  • Viola – 82-94
  • Cello – 100-112
  • Bass – 52-62

Symphony – West Side Story

  • Violin – B-C
  • Viola – B-C
  • Cello – I-J
  • Bass – F-H

Important Dates

All important dates are on the Orchestra Calendar, but I’ve listed them below for your convenience. Events marked with an asterisks (*) means that attendance is MANDATORY for all orchestra students!

  • Friday, April 13 – Leadership Applications Due
  • Friday, April 13 – Movie Night, 6:30 PM “West Side Story”
  • Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 – Ensemble Performances in class
  • Tuesday, April 24 – Wind Ensemble Concert (extra credit!)
  • Thursday, April 26 – Senior Recital*
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Spring Concert*
  • Friday, May 4 – Awards Banquet at Metropolitan Club
  • Thursday, May 24 – Graduation Performance*

Placement Auditions

The deadline for submitting your placement audition video has passed, but if you failed to submit, you can still do so if you want to be considered for Philharmonia, Sinfonia, or Symphony.

(not playing tests).

Small Ensemble Performances

All small ensembles will perform in class on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19.  You will be assigned a day, so please be ready on 4/18. This is a major performance grade for the second semester. If you haven’t registered your small ensemble, please do so .

Movie Night

The orchestra will host another movie night on Friday, April 13 at 6:30 PM in the orchestra room.  We will be watching West Side Story! Pizza will be served  and students will sign up to bring snacks, desserts, and drinks.  Watch for an RSVP form when we return from Spring Break!

Leadership Applications

AHSO Leadership Team Applications are now being accepted through April 13, 2018. Be a part of something great!!

Senior Recital

The first-ever AHSO Senior Recital will be on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM.  All students are required to attend and will sign in and out for their grade. We will have cake afterwards!

Spring Concert

Our Spring “Pops” Concert will be on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM.  Please invite everyone you know as we are going to have a great evening of music making!

Awards Banquet

The annual AHSO Awards banquet will be on Friday, May 4 at the Metropolitan Club.  Please mark your calendars!  Information regarding ticket sales will be available after break.


Each student must prepare a solo.  The piece can be just about anything and you must upload a performance video and complete the . The deadline for solo submissions is Sunday, May 13 at 11:59 PM.


It has been a tradition for some time that the AHS music department all perform at the AHS graduation ceremony.  This year graduation will be on Thursday, May 24 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.  Between set-up, rehearsal, performance, and tear-down students should plan on the whole day.

Graduation Honor Cords

We will be ordering orchestra honor cords for graduation.  The Orchestra cords will be maroon and white entwined and will be $6.  Checks should be made payable to AHSOA and submitted to the drop box. You must be in orchestra for all four years to earn a cord.

Leadership Meeting

We wil have a leadership meeting at 5:30 PM prior to the movie night on Friday, April 13.

Digital Learning Day Assignment – 03-09-2018

Please follow the directions below for your digital learning day assignment.

Downloadable PDF Version of this assignment

Music’s Impact on Life, Society, and Culture



PART 1: Watch the videos in at: 

  1. As you watch, consider music’s impact on today’s society and your daily life. Think about your typical 官方app彩票下载安装 day and typical weekend day. Also consider how music impacts the lives of others.  Think about how music may impact people of different nationalities and cultures. What are some of the similarities between music in your life and music in other people’s?  What are the differences?
  2. You will write a two paragraph reflection using the link below.

PART 2: Find a YouTube video that inspires you or is important to you.

  1. Make a note of that video’s URL.
  2. Write a few sentences why you chose the video to share using the link below.

PART 3: Use to complete the questions above and submit your Digital Learning Day responses.


Please let Dr. Laux know if you have questions. LauxC@官方app彩票下载安装fulton官方app彩票下载安装s.org

This assignment is due no later than Sunday, March 11 at 11:59 PM!

Orchestra Newsletter 3-7-2018

LGPE  Wrap-Up

Congratulations to the AHS Orchestras on very fine performances at LGPE this year!  I couldn’t be more proud of how each of the orchestras prepared and executed their performance.  In addition, the students were well behaved on and off the stage.

Concert Orchestra received two superior ratings and two excellent ratings for an over all rating of excellent. Philharmonia received straight superior ratings! Sinfonia received straight superior ratings on stage and an excellent in sight-reading, for an overall rating of Superior.  The AHS Symphony received straight superior ratings even with a very difficult program.

I received many compliments from our clinician, Kirt Mosier, as well as parents and other orchestra directors that were in the audience.  Keep up the great work!

All-State Wrap-Up

Congratulations to our 13 students for their participation in the GMEA All-State Orchestras this year.  We are thankful that you represented AHS in such a exemplary manner!

Digital Learning Day

Please keep a look out on the website and text message for your Digital Learning Day assignment (for Friday, March 9, 2018).

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars with the following!

In progress this semester is our solos and small ensembles unit.  Everyone will prepare a solo (to be uploaded by April 20, details forthcoming) and students will prepare a small ensemble and will perform for the class on April 19-20.

New this year is our Senior Night Concert that will feature senior solos and chamber performances.  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 PM.

Our Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 1.  This date changed, so please double check your calendar.

The annual Orchestra Awards Banquet is set for Friday, May 4.  More details are forthcoming.

Last this year the orchestra will once again play the AHS graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 24.  This is a required event for all-non-senior orchestra members.

Auditions 2018-2019

Please don’t forget that your audition videos are due on Friday, March 23. This weekend would be a great time to practice and submit well before the deadline.

Orchestra Trip 2018-2019

We are actively putting together an itinerary for our trip next year in the March/April time frame.  We are looking to go on a cruise, so stay tuned! 🙂


Need Volunteers for AHSOA Board 2018-2019

Dear Orchestra Parents,

It’s time to establish our Alpharetta High School Orchestra Association (AHSOA) board for next year and we really need your help. We have 5 board members graduating and now have the following positions open:

  • Co-president
  • Publicity chair
  • Hospitality chair
  • Travel chair

Board meetings are once a month (at most), and you will find a lot of reward in supporting an awesome, talented group of students along with a dedicated director. Please consider serving in this wonderful organization in which we all belong. I can be reached at the number below for any clarification on what each position entails along with any additional questions and concerns. Thank you.

Eddice Nguyen
AHSOA co-president
678. 458. 5525