Mid-Summer Check-up

by Mrs. Laux on June 24, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break! Mr. Bitinas and I are looking forward to seeing many of you at Upbeat! String Camp in a few weeks.

All students: please try and keep playing your instrument periodically throughout the summer. Play through old music, order some new music online, stop at a music store for some fun music books. Please keep your skills up!

Chamber Auditions:  I’ve received some emails regarding chamber orchestra auditions.
-Audition excerpts will be posted on the website approximately two weeks before the start of school
-A sign-up link will also be posted for auditions. These will take place a week or two into the start of school, before school
-Auditions will include the excerpts and sight-reading. There will be NO scales on the audition.
-Please email Ms. Laux if you have any questions or concerns. We are trying to be respectful of our students who are traveling abroad or are attending camp until the start of the school year (you know, in July!!).



Wow! What an ending!

by Mrs. Laux on May 12, 2017

Thank you so much for a fantastic week of amazing performances from all grade levels. We are so pleased with the hard work and dedication all student put forth these last few weeks. We are working on updating our YouTube channel over the next week. The 8th grade farewell video is now published!

All classes will be playing through Wednesday next week. We will have locker cleanup and ALL INSTRUMENTS GO HOME! You leave it over the summer, it is your responsibility to retrieve it from the front office lost and found. Perhaps this will be the year where not a single instrument will be left!


Spring Concert Week! All Classes

May 8, 2017

6th Grade: Concert Tuesday, May 9th 6-1: Report by 6:15pm, start time is 6:30pm 6-2: Report by 7:15pm, start time is 7:30pm Concert attire: Blue orchestra t-shirt and pants/jeans (NO Shorts!) 7th/8th Grade: Concert Thursday. May 11th 7-1/8-1: Report by 6:15pm, start time is 6:30pm 7-2/8-2: Report by 7:30pm, start time is 7:45pm Concert attire: Complete concert uniform (last time, 8th graders!!) All […]

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STEAM Showcase tomorrow! Spring Concert Info

May 3, 2017

Despite the forecasted weather, the STEAM Showcase will still be on tomorrow night at Dickerson from 6-8pm. Viola Choir and Chamber begin the orchestra portion on stage at 6:30pm. Please arrive by 6:15pm. Violas: Viola choir shirts and jeans/pants (no shorts!). Chamber: all black. Spring Concert Info: Posted under “Events/Forms” tab specific to each grade and […]

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Talent Show Sign-up!

April 24, 2017

Now available for all students in grades 6-8: Talent Show Sign-up! The Talent Show will be held on Monday, May 22nd  (the last full day of school). Show off your skills!! Sign up Here!

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STEAM Showcase Schedule

April 24, 2017

I hope everyone is planning on attending the STEAM showcase, a Dickerson community event on May 4th, 6-8pm. We will highlight the arts and have demonstrations and experiments going on that involve our STEAM focus. Food trucks will be available for treats to purchase as well. Come out and celebrate a fabulous school year with us! Chamber orchestra: Stage […]

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Testing continues, Playing checks

April 23, 2017

Testing/rehearsal schedule this week:  Chamber: Friday only Viola Choir: Thursday *8th grade tests through Wednesday, before school rehearsals are a no-go until testing is over. Playing Checks: Last Friday’s playing checks were a bit disappointing. Many students need to put some time in on their instruments at home. Please listen to your recordings under learning-listening section of the […]

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Testing Week Begins

April 16, 2017

Here is the schedule for before school rehearsals this week: Monday: Chamber           Tuesday: Bass Ensemble. No other rehearsals as we are instructed to not have before school activities during testing time (sorry, viola choir!). We will do our best to have a couple of pull out sessions during class time to […]

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April 9, 2017

Welcome back! Only 33 days of school until summer (crazy, right?). All before-school ensembles will resume this week: Chamber on Monday and Friday, Bass Ensemble Tuesday and Viola Choir Wednesday. Remember that testing schedule will begin in one more week. This will most likely mess with our connections. As soon as we know the plan, […]

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No Chamber Friday!

March 30, 2017

Everyone have a fabulous spring break! Chamber will resume Monday after break, April 10th. We simply have too many exhausted, sick kids, many leaving early for break, and Odyssey of the Mind prep.

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