Newsletter #11 – 3/2/官方app彩票下载安装


LGPE was a huge success!  This year we served as the host location and it was a lot of work managing all 48 orchestras and 2150+ students.  Special thanks to our managers, Nathaly and Ashley, along with the rest of our student leaders and volunteers for taking such good care of the directors and other orchestras. I received so much positive feedback from our judges and visiting directors on how amazing our students were.  We could not have done it without you!

I am proud to announce that all five of the AHS Orchestras received straight superior ratings on stage and in sight-reading.  This is the first time that our orchestras have made this accomplishment!  I couldn’t be more proud of each of the orchestras and all they have done this year.  The improvement from concert to concert has been truly remarkable.  Keep it up, everyone!

Special thanks to our AHSOA board for providing after-LGPE treats last Friday.  The bundt cakes were delicious!


Audition materials for 官方app彩票下载安装-2021 have been posted to the website.  Students interested in Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Symphony or Chamber should audition. Please read the packet carefully for the directions to record, upload, and submit.  The deadline is Friday, April 3 at 11:59 PM.

Audition Information Here

Solo and Ensemble Unit

All students are required to participate in at least one small group ensemble and prepare one solo.  In May, students will perform their ensembles during an in-class recital. Solos will be submitted via Google Classroom or performed in class if the student so chooses. 

This unit is very important as it helps students become more independent musicians and allows for valuable collaboration.

Instrument/Bow Upgrade?

Are you still renting the same instrument you had in middle 官方app彩票下载安装?  Or are you ready to upgrade your instrument and/or bow?  Emily Dixon of Beau Vinci violins came to visit us last week with an informative presentation about instruments, bows, and how to best select them.  As our students become better musicians, it is important that their equipment grows with them.  I often see the case of a student “outplaying” their equipment.  The bow is often overlooked as equipment to upgrade but plays a critical role in one’s overall sound and control.

Maintenance is also important – strings should be changed and bow hair replaced at least once per year.

Orchestra Awards Banquet

More details about our awards banquet will be coming soon, but please save the date of Friday, May 8. We will be at a new venue this year and the price will be $25 which is $10/per person less than last year. I think you will really like the new setting!

Senior Showcase

The Senior Showcase is a concert put on by the 官方app彩票下载安装 senior class.  They will perform solos and ensembles as their culminating performance of their high 官方app彩票下载安装 career.  Please plan on attending on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.  Attendance for all non-senior orchestra members is required at this event.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, April 3 – All placement audition videos are due by 11:59 PM
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Spring Concert, 7:00 PM, AHS Auditorium
  • Friday, May 8 – Awards Banquet, Crooked Creek County Club, Time TBA 
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Senior Showcase, 7:00 PM, AHS Auditorium
  • May 13-15 – Small Ensemble Performances during Class

Newsletter #10 – 1/29/官方app彩票下载安装

Hello everyone,

We are working hard to prepare our LGPE performance selections for our upcoming performances. As you may have heard, we’ve had a little drama with LGPE because a few weeks back the dimmer rack that controls all of the auditorium lights went out.  A board that controls all of the lights was fried, most likely by a power surge. The motherboard on the fried electrical panel was running on a floppy disk… running Windows 98.. and because of the age, the manufacturer no longer makes those parts.  It was unknown if the parts were available and if it could be fixed or replaced in a timely manner. We came up with a plan B to move LGPE to another location.  After securing the location and reworking the performance schedule, we were informed that the lights were able to be fixed.  We have a VERY talented repairman working for FCS who was able to secure a working motherboard, and find an [old!] computer that could run and install the software and reprogram everything.  I’m happy to announce, as of yesterday, that the repair is complete and the lights are once again working properly!  The show must go on!! 🙂

Orchestra Guests

Students have had the opportunity to have a few guests visit our classes this semester:

On Tuesday, January 14, we welcomed Elizabeth Fayette, violinist with the Vega Quartet, in residence at Emory University. She performed some Bach and gave a presentation on strings.  She discussed how they were manufactured, the different types, and lots of other great information.

On Wednesday, January 15, we welcomed Tyler Hartley, local professional harpist, and harp teacher.  She talked about the harp, its history, and various performance practices.  She also performed and let students try it out.  If your child is interested in possibly pursuing the harp, please let Dr. Laux know.

Yesterday, we had Dr. Emily Wetzel run violin sectionals to help provide some extra detailed work for the second violin sections. We will continue to bring in more guests as time and funding permits.

Donations needed!

The orchestra room is in need of paper towels and facial tissues.  We always have things to clean and spills to clean up.  Also, with cold season coming around, the tissues are disappearing quickly. If you are able to donate some, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Pre-LGPE Concert

Our Pre-LGPE concert is next Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. I have decided to move up the start time of this concert so that students will be able to go 官方app彩票下载安装 earlier.

This concert is an opportunity for each of the orchestras to perform their LGPE music in front of an audience.

Parents – please keep in mind that this performance is not a final product, but a formative activity that will help us find problem areas within our music and confirm some of the aspects of our performance that we are doing well.

The concert will be recorded and recordings will be shared with other directors for their constructive feedback. In addition, the students will listen to their recordings and take notes so they can improve before our actual LGPE performances on February 19 and 20.

LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation)

Our LGPE performance will take place on either Wednesday or Thursday, February 19 or February 20. These performances are open to the public, so if you are available, we would LOVE to have you as audience members.

  • Wednesday, Feb 19 at 9:00 AM – Concert Orchestra
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 9:00 AM – Philharmonia
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2:15 PM – Sinfonia
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 4:30 PM – Chamber Orchestra
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 7:15 PM – Symphony Orchestra (Full)

The times listed are the actual performance times, however there is a 30-minute warm-up prior to performance and a 30-minute session after the performance for our sight-reading and clinic.

Music Mentors

In order to build a better sense of family, the orchestra has developed a music mentors program.  This is where upperclassmen or more advanced students can help mentor/tutor younger or less advanced students.  It’s a great way for students to work together and build community all while improving musicianship and leadership skills.  Students should sign up to be a mentor or mentee at:

Orchestra Grades

So far this semester, students should have completed three Practice Vlogs (one per week). These are formative assignments that help students practice using strategies and a plan. Along with the document, students are to submit a 5-minute practice sample that is to be done Vlog style (talking to the camera to explain what they are doing)

The first summative playing test of the semester was assigned yesterday and is due on Sunday, Feb 2. This is a recorded playing test that will be graded with the performance rubric.

Students will also receive grades for monthly participation and citizenship, and the Pre-LGPE concert, concert self-assessment, and LGPE performances.

Spirit Day

We received our cool AHSO t-shirts and hoodies and had spirit day on Friday, January 17! More spirit days to come!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, February 6 – Pre-LGPE Concert, 6:30 PM
  • February 19-21 – LGPE at AHS
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Spring Concert, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 8 – Orchestra Banquet (ticket info coming soon!)
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Senior Showcase

Please let Dr. Laux know if you have any questions or concerns.

Newsletter #9 – 01-14-20

Welcome官方app彩票下载安装 back, everyone! I hope your break was relaxing and that you had a chance to reflect and recharge!

It is a busy, but exciting time of the year. We have quite a few events coming up this semester so please mark your calendars…

  • Thursday, February 6 – Pre-LGPE Concert at AHS
  • February 19-21 – LGPE at AHS (AHS schedule is below)
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 8 – Orchestra Banquet (details coming soon!)
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Senior Showcase
  • Thursday, May 21 – Graduation Orchestra (exact time TBA)

New Assignment Structure

To help every student be more productive and responsible orchestra members, I have made a few changes to our assignments and grades for the second semester.

Weekly Practice Vlog (Formative)

  • 官方app彩票下载安装 Practice Organizer (goals, etc.)
  • Five-minute VLOG-style video uploaded.  Talk through what you are doing for the camera.

Monthly Participation/Citizenship Grades (Formative)

  • Active participation in rehearsals
  • Prepared with materials (instrument, music, pencil)
  • Free of distractions (talking, phones, etc.)

Performance Assessments (Summative)

  • Major Playing Tests (usually every 3-4 weeks)
  • Concerts
  • Small Ensemble Performances
  • Solo Performances

All-State Results

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the GMEA All-State Auditions on January 11.  Preparation for this audition is a lot of work and I appreciate all of the efforts that were put in.

The following students have been accepted into the 官方app彩票下载安装 GMEA All-State Orchestra. Many congratulations!

  • Samuel Lin, Bass, 9th-10th Full Orchestra
  • JD Yoo, Cello, 9th-10th String Orchestra
  • Kaci Xie, Viola, 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • Joseph Yoo, Viola, 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • Austin Huang, Viola, 9th-10th String Orchestra
  • Eileen Liu, Violin 1, 11th-12th String Orchestra
  • Erin Cho, Violin 1 , 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • Sarang Pujari, Violin 1 , 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • Eric Sun, Violin 2, 9th-10th Full Orchestra
  • Jenny Heo, Violin 2, 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • Seoyeon Park, Violin 2, 11th-12th Full Orchestra
  • William Zhang, Violin 2, 9th-10th String Orchestra
  • Vivia Lung, Violin 2, 11th-12th String Orchestra

LGPE Schedule

Our Large Group Performance Evaluation will be held at AHS this year.  Our times are as follows…

  • Wednesday, Feb 19 at 9:00 AM – Concert Orchestra
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 9:00 AM – Philharmonia
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2:15 PM – Sinfonia
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 4:30 PM – Chamber Orchestra
  • Thursday, Feb 20 at 7:15 PM – Symphony Orchestra (Full)

Stay tuned for more information…

Dr. Laux

Newsletter #8 – 12/14/2019

Winter Concert Wrap Up

Congratulations to our orchestras on a spectacular Winter Concert this week! I am so proud of each of the groups and am excited to see their continued progress!

Special thanks to our amazing AHSOA parents who organized the concert cafe and our very delicious pre-concert dinner.  You all make the occasion extra special!!

If you have photos of the orchestra, please share them with me via Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.  

Semester 1 Exam

This week is exam week and everyone will take a 100 question multiple-choice test.  A hard copy of the study guide was released last Wednesday and it was also put on Google Classroom along with a Quilt that will help students study.  We will complete a final exam review on Monday in class where students can ask questions.

Semester Exam Schedule (half days)

  • Wednesday, December 18 – Period 1 & 2
  • Thursday, December 19 – Period 3 & 4
  • Friday, December 20 – Period 5 (&6)

The additional IB exam, for IB music students, will be about 30 questions covering music history, music theory, etc. 

Orchestra T-Shirts

Every orchestra student will receive the 2019-官方app彩票下载安装 Orchestra T-shirt with an instrument-personalized design. 🙂

Orchestra Hoodies

We are currently taking orchestra hoodie orders for $25 each.  The absolute final time to submit your order and payment (checks to AHSOA) is this Monday morning BEFORE 官方app彩票下载安装.  Please come see Dr. Laux! Again, if you haven’t already submitted your payment and would like a hoodie, you must come in before 官方app彩票下载安装 with your payment, as the order will be placed first thing on Monday.

Students will need to select their size (S-XXL) and their design (Treble Clef, Alto Clef, or Bass Clef).

Holiday Gift Exchange

Our orchestra holiday gift exchange is this Tuesday, December 17!  Don’t forget to go out this weekend to buy for your secret person!  Remember, gifts should be a maximum of $10.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone exchange gifts and spread some holiday cheer!

Orlando Trip Update

It is with great sadness that I must announce that we have been forced to cancel our trip to Orlando this year.  Our response was far less than anticipated and we did not make our minimum required ticket count.  If you paid a deposit, you will receive a refund check from AHSOA.  Again, I am very sorry to have to announce this and we will come up with an alternative plan for this year and will continue to seek out travel plans for the future. Thank you for your understanding.

All-State Auditions, Final Round

Don’t forget that All-State Auditions will be held on January 11, 2019!  Times have been posted in the orchestra room.  Also, please remember that we are at a new location this year! 

Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts
2580 Mt Zion Pkwy, 
Jonesboro, GA 30236

LGPE – Save the dates!!

Our Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) will be held February 19-21 at AHS.  Since we are hosting we will be able to perform on our own stage and do not have to travel. We will also need student assistance with stage set up, serving as group guides, audio recording, and more.  Our AHSOA board will be figuring out concessions so that we can also raise some much-needed funds.  More details to follow, but please save the dates!

Clinicians & Demos

In January we will host Ms. Tyler Hartley, a professional harpist, who will give a harp demonstration in class and will see if any of our players may be interested in learning the harp!  Second, we will have clinics during 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period by Elizabeth Fayette, violinist with the Vega Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University. This clinic is sponsored by D’Addario Strings. Last, we will be hiring sectional coaches to work with each of the orchestra sections before LGPE.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • January 8 – Harp Demos, Tyler Hartley
  • January 11 – All-State Auditions, Final Round
  • January 14 – Elizabeth Fayette presentations
  • February 19-21 – LGPE at AHS
  • March 5-7 – All-State Orchestra, Athens, GA
  • April 29 – Spring Concert, 7 PM
  • May 8 – Orchestra Banquet (details coming soon!)
  • May 12 – Senior Showcase Concert, 7 PM
  • May 20, 21, 22 – Graduation (exact date is TBA)

Newsletter #7 – 12/4/19

It is hard to believe that December is upon us and the semester will soon be drawing to a close. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and some time to relax and recharge. I was able to spend some time with my family and also be productive around the house and with work. I started my own podcast as a way to share the love of string teaching profession with other teachers. (There is more information at the bottom of this newsletter if you are interested.)

It is hard to believe that we only have three weeks of 官方app彩票下载安装 before winter break!  It is a busy and exciting time!

Seasons of Celebration Performance

A small group of AHSO performers will be playing at the Alpharetta Seasons of Celebration this Friday, December 6 at 7:15 PM in Downtown Alpharetta in the square. Come support them and the other Alpharetta Community Music Groups.

Winter Concert

Our Winter Concert is right around the corner!  We will be performing for you next Tuesday, December 10 starting at 7:00 PM.  The students have been working diligently to prepare for this concert and I think you will really enjoy each of the orchestras! 

If students plan to eat dinner, they must RSVP by this Friday, December 6.

Our incredible pre-concert dinner menu, made possible by the incredible hospitality team of Ms. Yoo and Ms. Day…

Dinner will be served at approximately 5:30 PM.  If students are not eating, the report time is 6:15 PM.  Symphony Winds report time is 7:45 PM

 Winter Concert Program Order

  1. Concert Orchestra
  2. Philharmonia
  3. Chamber
  4. Sinfonia
  5. Symphony (4th Period Only)
  6. Symphony Strings (Combined 4th and 5th period)
  7. Symphony Full Orchestra
  8. Finale (Combined 3rd, 4th 5th Period Full Orchestra)

Concert Grading

Students are expected to be in full uniform for the concert.  Also, every student is required to stay for the entire concert and must sign out at the end after all of the equipment has been cleaned up to receive their full grade. When everyone helps, it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to tear down.

Concert Cafe

Once again our amazing orchestra boosters will be putting on a Concert Cafe with all kinds of food and drink available for purchase before, during and after the concert.

Please use the link below to help volunteer and to donate items for Concert Cafe:


On December 11, the day after the concert, we will listen to the audio recordings and complete a self-evaluation. Each orchestra will be retaining one piece and playing it for our LGPE performance in February.

Grade Makeup/Recovery Deadline

The final day to make up any missing assignments for the first semester is this Friday, December 6th. After this day any assignments that are incomplete will result in a zero grade.  This deadline is 官方app彩票下载安装-wide. Please contact Dr. Laux if you have questions or concerns. 

Giving to the Orchestra

If you are looking for a charitable organization to donate to before the end of the year, look no further than our orchestra program! As you know, the Alpharetta High School Orchestra Association is a non-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible. You may donate by check or even with a credit card on our website (http://www./paypal). We greatly appreciate your generosity!

Semester 1 Final Exam

The final exam schedule will be as follows: 

  • December 18 – Concert and Philharmonia
  • December 19 – Sinfonia and Symphony
  • December 20 – Chamber

The exam is a 100 question multiple-choice test that contains a variety of critical information that every orchestra student should know. There will be questions about key signatures, intervals, musical terminology about tempo, dynamics, etc. and other technical information. A study guide will be provided beginning December 11. 

Holiday Gifts for Your Special String Player

Parents, are you having trouble finding good gifts for your child? Consider something orchestra related! Some ideas include new rosin, a new set of strings, a new bow, new sheet music, or even an instrument upgrade.

Your local string specialty store may have some items and you can also shop online.  If shopping online for bows and instruments, I highly recommend using a string specialty store. General items like rosin, shoulder rests, and strings may be purchased from online retailers.

Holiday Gift Exchange

Yesterday students drew names for our annual secret holiday gift exchange. This is a fun way for us to get into the holiday spirit and our sense of Orchestra community. Our gift exchange will take place on Tuesday, December 17 during class.  Students are not to spend more than $10 on the gift.

Dr. Laux’s “The Orchestra Teacher” Podcast

If you are interested in listening to my new podcast is available here:

  • Spotify:
  • Apple Podcasts:

I will be interviewing an orchestra teacher every few weeks to learn more about who they are, what they do, and to discuss various topics within the string teaching profession.

Newsletter #6 – 11-07-19

FCS All-County Honor Orchestra

FCS All-County Orchestra Auditions are after 官方app彩票下载安装 today starting at 4:00 at Centennial HS.  It’s first-come, first-served and times are not scheduled.  Good luck to those who are auditioning!

KSU Orchestra Invitational

Our KSU performances are tomorrow and we are very excited. A few reminders.

  • Uniforms – students must be in uniform when they arrive at 官方app彩票下载安装
  • Itinerary – busses are leaving AHS at 9:00 and we will arrive back around 6:30 PM.  Students will call parents when we are leaving KSU.
  • The performances are free and open to the public!  Please come support us!
  • Any special transportation needs (arriving late/leaving early) should be arranged with Dr. Laux immediately, via email.

Orlando Trip Deposits

Please remember that the $125 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot for our upcoming trip to Orlando is due by next Friday, November 15. Checks should be made payable to AHSOA and put in the black dropbox.

Movie Night

Our fall movie night will be next Friday, November 15 at 6:30 PM in the orchestra room.  Details coming soon!

Winter Concert

Our annual winter concert is Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.  Please save the date.

All-State Round 2

All-State Round 2 excerpts are now online at

 You can download them and begin working.  Save the date for Saturday, January 11 at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts, 2580 Mt Zion Pkwy, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

GHP Auditionees

Congrats to Erin C., William Z., Joseph Y., and Henry H. for auditioning for the Governor’s Honor Program on Monday evening.  Thank you for representing our 官方app彩票下载安装!

Newsletter #5 – Halloween Edition 2019

Happy Halloween!  I hope you having a great fall and will have an enjoyable Halloween evening.  We have a lot going on, so here is our most recent newsletter

Farmer’s Market a Success!

Our first attempt at having a booth at the Alpharetta Farmer’s Market last Saturday was a huge success!!  I would like to send a GIANT “thank you” for our board member’s hard work, especially Ms. Nguyen, Ms. Yoo, Ms. Day, Ms. Chhabra, and Ms. Baker for a getting there super early and setting up in the dark. Ms. Day made hundreds of mini pecan pies that were SOLD OUT, served coffee and hot chocolate and put together flower bouquets. Mr. Day saved the day with the fire extinguisher that we didn’t know we needed until the fire marshal made his rounds. 😬 Ms. Yoo decorated the booth beautifully and had hundreds of balloons strung together. Everyone commented on how our set up was so beautiful. Ms. Yin pan-fried hundreds of dumplings and passed out tons of samples. Ms. Baker and Ms. Chhabra worked the booth and encouraged people to buy/ donate etc. Needless to say, we have an amazing team of parents who work hard to give our students the best!  All profits will directly benefit those attending the trip to Orlando in March.

Special thanks to leadership members Nathaly, Ashley, Joseph, Ava, and Devyn for waking up extra early to help with set up! Lindsay made the flyer for the event that was posted on several social media outlets and many of you supplied ice, ice chests, canopy, and chairs. Kudos to everyone who performed! You represented AHS very well, and all of your efforts are recognized and appreciated. We know several of you came in as early as 7:00 am to practice with your group and put in many hours over the past 2 weeks to be ready for the performance. All of you helped lower the cost for everyone who will be going on the trip to Florida. Thank you!  If you signed up to perform but didn’t get a chance to due to rain, there will another time for you to perform — we have been invited back for the Holiday Market on December 7th. Please save the date! 

KSU Orchestra Invitational

Our performances at the Kennesaw State University Orchestra Invitational is next Friday, November 8, 2019. Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras have been working very hard preparing programs to perform for this event.  Our itinerary is below:

  • 9:00 AM – Leave AHS for Kennesaw State University
  • 10:15 AM – Philharmonia warm-up
  • 11:00 AM – Philharmonia performance
  • 11:45 AM – Sinfonia warm-up
  • 12:30 PM – Sinfonia performance
  • 1:15 PM – Lunch at KSU dining facility, The Commons & Campus Tour
  • 2:15 PM – Watch KSU Symphony Performance
  • 3:30 PM – Symphony warm-up
  • 4:15 PM – Symphony performance
  • 5:15 PM – Leave KSU to AHS
  • 6:30 PM – Arrive back at AHS

Students were issued a permission form and that form is now two weeks overdue. If you have not turned it in, please do so immediately.

The cost of lunch at KSU is $10. Included is a Las Vegas-style buffet with offerings for every appetite and dietary restriction. Students should pay the lunch fee via cash or check made payable to AHSOA  and put in the Orchestra dropbox or it can be paid online at http://www./paypal. This payment is overdue, so please remit your payment immediately.

Chaperones Needed for KSU

We need 10 parents to help chaperone next Friday. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the day with our orchestra students, meet other orchestra parents, and listen to local area orchestras perform.

Please use the following link to sign up as a chaperone:

Chaperones must have completed the Fulton County Schools volunteer training and be cleared before the field trip:

We appreciate the extra help to make this KSU Invitational experience fun and memorable for our musicians! If you have never been to the Bailey Performance Center at KSU, we highly recommend that you attend. You will be amazed with their state of the art performance hall. It is definitely worth the trip to experience the students performing at such a venue. This opportunity is made possible through your Student Participation Fee (SPF) contributions. Thank you for supporting our program!

官方app彩票下载安装Phone Holders for Recording Playing Test

Because we record a large number of videos for class, students may wish to invest in a device that holds their phone safely and allows for best positioning for playing tests.  Amazon has a huge selection of clamp-style holders, goosenecks, etc.  Please read the reviews. 

Google Classroom/Grades

Our conversion to Google Classroom has been a huge time saver!  Students easily understood how to submit assignments and I have seen a larger number of playing tests turned in on time – congratulations!  It is also easier for me to track student work and those who have/have not turned in assignments. I will be updating the grade book in Infinite Campus this weekend.

Student Emails

Students should have an email client for 官方app彩票下载安装 email, like Microsoft Outlook, installed and set up on their device(s) so they can stay in touch with all that is happening on in their classes. This is helpful for students to receive assignment reminders, notifications when new assignments are posted, and confirm that their assignments have been turned in.  In addition, when using the Google Classroom app, a pop-up notification reminder is displayed. 

FCS Honor Orchestra Auditions

Auditions are coming up quickly.  Those students who have signed up and paid for an audition will do so next Thursday, November 7 at Centennial High School.  Audition times are first-come, first-served and students can arrive beginning at 4:00 PM.

Orlando Trip Deposits due November 15

Please do not forget that the first non-refundable deposit of $125 is due by November 15 to lock in your spot for the Orlando trip!  Our trip is scheduled for March 12-15.  Our students will NOT miss any 官方app彩票下载安装 days for this trip!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 7 – FCS Honor Orchestra Auditions
  • Friday, November 8 – KSU Orchestra Invitational
  • Friday, November 15 – Harry Potter Movie Night, 6:30 PM, Orchestra Room
  • Monday, November 18 – FCS Honor Orchestra Rehearsal, 6:30-9:00 PM, Centennial HS
  • Tuesday, November 19 – FCS Honor Orchestra Rehearsals (all day) and Concert (7:00 at Centennial) 
  • Tuesday, December 10 – Winter Concert, 7:00, AHS Auditorium

All-State First Round Results

Congratulations to the following students on passing the first round of GMEA All-State Orchestra auditions! We are proud of you! Thank you for representing AHS in such a positive manner.

All of the students below will now be preparing for their 2nd and final round of auditions scheduled for January 11 at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro, GA.

Joy B.BassExempt
Erin C.ViolinPassed
Samay D.ViolinPassed
Eisen G.BassPassed
Jenny H.ViolinExempt
Henry H.BassPassed
Austin H.ViolaPassed
Matthew L.CelloPassed
Samuel L.BassPassed
Eileen L.ViolinExempt
Vivia L.ViolinPassed
Violet N.ViolinPassed
Audrey N.BassPassed
Ava P.ViolaPassed
Seoyeon P.ViolinPassed
Rohan P.ViolinPassed
Zachary P.HarpExempt
Sarang P.ViolinExempt
Eric S.ViolinPassed
Charlsie W.CelloPassed
Kaci Z.ViolaExempt
JD Y.CelloPassed
Joseph Y.ViolaPassed
William Z.ViolinPassed

Reminders 10-17-19

KSU Orchestra Invitational Items Due

The Kennesaw State University Orchestra Invitational will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019. Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra are preparing programs to perform for this event. The tentative itinerary and additional information were included in Newsletter #4.

The permission form is due tomorrow, Friday, October 18. Download the Permission Form (PDF) and print it at 官方app彩票下载安装.

Lunch money ($10) is due tomorrow, Friday, October 18

Included is a Las Vegas-style buffet with offerings for every appetite and dietary restriction. Honestly, it will be the best $10 lunch you’ve probably ever eaten! Students should pay the lunch fee:

  1. Via cash or check made payable to AHSOA (place in Orchestra dropbox . next to Dr. Laux’s door), OR:
  2. Pay online at http://www./paypal.

All-State Auditions this Saturday

We have a number of students auditioning for the GMEA All-State Orchestra this Saturday at Centennial High School. Please wish our students luck on their first-round auditions!

C, JamesViolin9:35 AM
C, ErinViolin10:20 AM
D, SamayViolin11:05 AM
D, AlexanderCello11:15 AM
G, EisenBass10:55 AM
H, HenryBass11:40 AM
H, AustinViola9:00 AM
J, VarshaViolin11:00 AM
K, HajinViolin9:15 AM
K, ShriyaViolin12:00 PM
K, RahulViolin8:45 AM
L, MatthewCello8:50 AM
L, SamuelBass1:00 PM
L, ViviaViolin9:50 AM
N, MeghanViolin9:40 AM
N, VioletViolin9:30 AM
N, AudreyBass1:40 PM
P, AvaViola9:35 AM
P, SeoyeonViolin11:35 AM
P, RohanViolin10:45 AM
S, EricViolin11:55 AM
T, SaisriViolin10:55 AM
W, CharlsieCello9:55 AM
Y, JDViola8:55 AM
Y, JosephViola9:45 AM
Z, WilliamViolin11:35 AM

Farmer’s Market

In order to help reduce the cost of our trip to Florida in the spring, groups from the Alpharetta High School Orchestra will be performing at the Alpharetta Farmers Market next Saturday, October 26th.

We will be accepting donations and will be selling various baked goods. All proceeds benefit the orchestra trip to Orlando in March.

IMPORTANT! We need groups of students to sign up to perform! Details are attached in the signup genius link:

Sign up before all the slots are taken! Let us know if you have any questions. Remember: the more money we raise, the less the trip will cost for each individual. It’ll be tons of fun! We can’t wait to see you there!!

Trip to Orlando

Yay! Our proposed trip to Orlando/Universal has been approved and now we are allowed to begin planning! Our trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 thru Sunday, March 15. Please look over the proposed itinerary and the payment schedule.

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday, March 12

  • Leave via charter bus after 官方app彩票下载安装.
  • Stop for along the way for dinner (dinner on your own)
  • Check into hotel

Friday, March 13

  • Morning: Full breakfast at hotel
  • Exchange Concert with Orlando high 官方app彩票下载安装 or clinic at University of Central Florida
  • Afternoon/Evening: Universal Parks (11am-close)

Saturday, March 14

  • Morning: performance in Universal Park – City Walk Lagoon Stage (10am)
  • Afternoon/Evening: Universal parks (11am-close)

Sunday, March 15

  • Morning: Breakfast in the hotel, Free time (TBA)
  • Afternoon/Evening: Travel 官方app彩票下载安装

Trip Cost

The trip total is $575. This includes our charter busses, 3 nights lodging, all meals (except Thursday dinner), two-day park hopper tickets, gratuities.

Payment Plan

Students that wish to attend the trip are required to remit a $125 non-refundable deposit that is due by Friday, November 15. Checks should be made payable to AHSOA.

The remaining payment plan is as follows:

  • December 13 – $150
  • January 10 – $150
  • February 5 – $150*

* Final payment will actually be reduced because of our upcoming fundraising efforts!


We will need a minimum of 45 students to attend this trip and will be able to accommodate a maximum of about 125 students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students, we will be forced to cancel the trip.

Please let Dr. Laux know of any questions or concerns.